Participants of the TUMI Mini-Course Cycle in Brasília comment on their key take-away
Air pollution, traffic jam, noise, rising CO2 emissions and lack of access to markets and jobs: the list of problems caused by traffic in our cities is long. Without effective planning and financing sustainable mobility and urbanization will not be possible. The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) is tackling these challenges by offering trainings for specialists and decisions-makers, providing investments for sustainable transport infrastructure, as well as by developing innovative solutions. TUMI has emerged as a cooperation product between the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, the WRI Brazil and seven other partners.
Patricipant of the 4th EMDS Meeting in Brasília is being interviewed (Photo: Alessandro Dias).
During the 4th Meeting of the Municipalities for Sustainable Development (Encontro dos Municípios com o Desenvolvimento Sustentável, EMDS) last month in Brasília a series of capacity building courses has been offered in the framework of TUMI (we reported). Mayors, Municipal Managers, researchers and representatives of civil society organizations participated on the training cycle on urban topics essential for sustainable development, such as energy efficiency, active mobility, road safety, Travel Demand Management (TDM), social participation and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD).
Subsequent to the meeting the WRI Brazil collected some interesting participant’s statements which allow an important insight in the take-aways of the courses:
Isabel Cristina Guimarães Haifuch - Architect and Planning Manager of the Municipal Transport Department of Porto Alegre
“The first conclusion we draw is that we are all in the same boat, sharing the same problems. Many points discussed here have captivated me, especially the issue of mobility and land use planning. This is a serious problem in Porto Alegre, because we do not have this connection between the two.”
Taís Fonseca - Architect and Urbanist, São Paulo
“Improving the energy efficiency of vehicles, through technology, clean fuels and electric cars, is one way. However, it does not solve the problem entirely: we need more intelligent and efficient shifts. These two things must be tied together in order to achieve our goals.”
Célio Stoltz, IPUF Technical Director
“It is important to learn from the reality of other municipalities and to update on new instruments and practices being implemented in other areas of Brazil as well as in the world. […] In addition, the exchange of experiences in the conversations will contribute on preventing future misunderstandings.”
João Domingos Azevedo, architect and urban planner at the Pelópidas Silveira Institute
“Transit-Oriented Development is the road to the city's revolution, so that we can improve urban mobility and reduce the generation of greenhouse gases for a perspective of planet survival. In this issue the question of integrated land use is essential.”
Caroline Magalhães – Urban Mobility Researcher, Uberlândia
“The course on Transit Oriented Development is fundamental because it empowers people and distributes important knowledge. We can become a multiplier agent when we return to our homes.”
"A much higher dissemination can be reached through online trainings. Also persons who otherwise would not have the opportunity to take part in workshops can participate."
Natália Bomtempo Magaldi - Director of Cyclomobilidade at the Mobility Secretariat of the Federal District
“I think we still have to evolve a lot in the sense of returning the streets to pedestrians and cyclists. Planning urban space ended up being too much oriented on car suitability. We need a new awakening to break this paradigm of urban planning, so that we can thus rescue public spaces and make cities livelier. I think that the [TUMI] Mini-Courses help to raise the view of planners on pedestrians and cyclists."
“In Brasília we have streets with 80km/h speed limits and nowadays we know that this is unthinkable. We have to fight to reduce these speeds. I believe this is a possible goal. But for this we need political support and the population, who often do not understand the need for it.”
Luis Hildebrando Ferreira Paz - Federal Councilor of the Architecture and Urbanism Council of Brazil for Tocantins
“The issue of resilience shows us the importance of having a compact city. Unless we mix land uses and change the concept of a scattered city, we will suffer the impacts in the future. We need to make cities more humane and for that we need effective funding mechanisms. We can no longer apply these resources to new avenues, but to human projects.”
Cover Photo: Mariana Gil