Should Chinese cities put more efforts to promote biking, the once-dominant mode of transportation that has begun to slip away? The promotion of bike use and public transportation, along with GPS-based electronic road pricing and “urban rail + property” development model, are among the many innovative approaches recommended by international experts at a symposium on urban transport development held in Beijing last week.
The symposium brought together policy makers and practitioners from global cities to share experience with Beijing in dealing with the most pressing issues of its urban transport development, including congestion and air pollution.
The World Bank and Beijing Transportation Research Center (BTRC) co-hosted the symposium, attended by experts from China and abroad, leaders and technical staff from Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport and its research arm, BTRC. Topics of discussion include strategic choices for transport development, transit-oriented development, parking planning and management, urban logistics, motorization and congestion reduction.
The two-day symposium is part of the Urban Transport Solutions Platform developed by China and the World Bank, dubbed as “TransFORM”, which aims to make transport safer, cleaner and more affordable in Chinese cities, while spreading knowledge both within China as well as to other countries.
TransFORM is the first pilot under the World Bank-China Knowledge Hub, launched by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Chinese Minister of Finance Xie Xuren in late 2012.
“China is a source of information for all developing countries,” said Mark Lundell, Sector Manager for the Sustainable Development Department for China and Mongolia, as he opened the symposium. “The experience gained in its developing process is like a huge university for knowledge generation and sharing. We hope this symposium, together with TransFORM, becomes a point that would lead to many next steps in more collaboration in the sustainable development between China and other countries.”