Taiwan's Kaohsiung will host 2017 EcoMobility Festival and Congress in October

Hamasen Railway Cultural Park will be a model zone for free green transport

Previous host nations for EcoMobility were South Africa and South Korea. Image courtesy Ecomobility.org

Previous host nations for EcoMobility were South Africa and South Korea. Image courtesy Ecomobility.org

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--In October Kaohsiung City will play host to the third EcoMobility World Festival and Congress.

Eco-mobility is a term used to describe travel through integrated, socially inclusive, and environmentally-friendly transport options, including and integrating: walking, cycling, public transport and other climate- and people- friendly innovative modes of transport

Director General of Kaohsiung City Government’s Transport Bureau Chen Ching-fu (陳勁甫) said that during the month-long festival the Hamasen Railway Cultural Park( 哈瑪星) will become a model EcoMobility zone as a practical demonstration of integrated, socially inclusive, and environmentally-friendly transport options.

Chen reported to the Kaohsiung City Council on the EcoMobility Festival this morning. From Oct 2 to 4 the EcoMobility Congress will take place with 130 international participants. Keynote speakers include Limin Hee, Director of Research, Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore, and Jan van Zanen, Mayor, Utrecht, Netherlands. The Mayors of 40 other cities including from the UK’s Liverpool, and Australia’s Melbourne will participate. Other participants include sustainable transport experts and 700 government officials from various nations. The themes under discussion will be livable and smart cities, sustainable transport and intelligent mobility.

Chen said the Hamasen District will become the country’s first practical demonstration area for the themes of the congress and festival. To achieve this, the Kaohsiung TB will offer free parking outside the zone, free local shuttle buses, cards for free transport on the light rail and mrt and other forms of free green transport. There would be free product delivery service by participating companies, so as not to negatively affect Hamasen’s neighboring residents. Chen said that Hamasen was Kaohsiung’s earliest developed area and the city government was proactive in it’s revitalization.

A free exhibit on low carbon transport and environmental education will be held in the Penglai Area of The Pier-2 Art Center. Domestic and international vehicle manufacturers will stage an exhibit of the latest models of cars and motorbikes. During the month of the festival there will be various cultural performances including those by the Paper Windmill Theater and the Ju Percussion Group.

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