Webinar: Tales from two cities — How to implement car-free events
The Transport Work Stream of the Low Emissions Development Strategy Global Partnership (LEDS GP) will host a webinar that will help planners and city leaders learn how stakeholders can be involved in car-free days and how the projects were funded.
Gisela Méndez, EMBARQ Mexico, and Amit Bhatt, EMBARQ India, will present a webinar on the experiences of Mexico City, Mexico and Gurgagon, India’ s car-free citizen events. The presenters will explain how stakeholders were involved and how the projects were funded.
Monday, June 2, 2014: 9:30 AM EDT / 7:00 PM IST / 8:30 AM CDT
Interested participants can register for the presentation here. For those unable to participate, the full presentation will be available online after the webinar is completed.
The first presentation will be given by Gisela Méndez on the Bike Move Program in Mexico City. To promote non-motorized transport, Mexico City launched the Bike Move program in 2007. Every Sunday, the city closes a network of roads to the motorized vehicles and opens them to cyclists, skaters, pedestrians from 8am to 2pm. The Bike Move Program helps to maximize use of bicycles as a mode of transport in the city and creates a culture of respect between cyclists, motorists and pedestrians.
The other presentation in this webinar will focus on Raahgiri Day in India, from Amit Bhatt. Raahgiri Day is India's first car-free movement, located in Gurgaon, in the Delhi metropolitan region. On Raahgiri Day, the city closes of a network of street to cars and opens them to people to carry out a series of exciting events like yoga, street performance and skating. In Gurgagon, Raahgiri Day was initially planned to take place every Sunday between 6am to 12pm from November 17 to March 30 but has now become a part of the Sunday life in the city. It started with a huge success and concept is already being replicated in other cities of India.
The Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP) Transport Sector Working Group is providing this webinar as part of a series of webinars on low emission transport that will be offered between March and December 2014.