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Infographic - 10 Principles for Sustainable Urban Transport

Infographic - 10 Principles for Sustainable Urban Transport

Based on the approach “avoid-shift-improve”, the GIZ urban mobility team has designed a vibrant infographic on 10 principles for sustainable urban transport. Have a look at the infographic and follow 10 principles of sustainable urban transport, ranging from dense and human scale city planning, fostering walking and cycling as well as public transport, to promoting clean vehicles and to improve the efficiency of transport operations!

First edition: 2015.

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    Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Standard 2.1

    Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Standard 2.1

    The TOD Standard is a powerful tool to help shape and assess urban development. It focuses on maximizing the benefits of public transit and non-motorized mobility while placing the emphasis firmly back on the users: people.

    The Standard outlines eight core principles of urban design and land use, each supported by specific performance objectives and easily measurable indicators, or metrics. Together, they promote safe, balanced and vibrant neighborhoods around stations; short and well-connected pedestrian and cycling networks; densities that ensure strong customer bases for local services and public transport; and minimal car traffic and parking interference.

    Second edition: 2014

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    SUTP Module 1a - The Role of Transport in Urban Development Policy

    SUTP Module 1a - The Role of Transport in Urban Development Policy

    This module sets out a ‘new vision’ of urban transport for developing cities. Written by former mayor of Bogotá Enrique Peñalosa, it draws from the recent experience of Bogotá, Colombia and shows how basic problems of urban transport are more political rather than technical.

    First edition: 2002.

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    SUTP Module 1b - Urban Transport Institutions

    SUTP Module 1b - Urban Transport Institutions

    This module presents an analysis of urban transport institutional successes and failures in developing cities. It considers several in-depth case studies in a range of countries, explaining how institutional shortcomings have arisen and manifested. The module draws conclusions from the case studies in the form of recommended policy approaches required for effective urban transport institutions.

    First edition: 2002.

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    SUTP Module 1c - Private Sector Participation in Urban Transport Infrastructure Provision

    SUTP Module 1c - Private Sector Participation in Urban Transport Infrastructure Provision

    This module describes benefits and pitfalls of private sector participation (PSP). It provides detailed case studies of PSP in a range of developing countries and concludes with some carefully considered policy recommendations for developing cities. The module emphasises that PSP in urban transport infrastructure provision should happen in the context of achieving wider mobility and access objectives, and not as an end in itself.

    First edition: 2002.

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    SUTP Module 1d - Economic Instruments (Manfred Breithaupt, GIZ)

    SUTP Module 1d - Economic Instruments (Manfred Breithaupt, GIZ)

    One of the best ways to influence travel behaviour is through economic instruments. This module surveys successful experiences on fuel and vehicle taxes, road pricing and other instruments, showing that a range of often under-utilised policy options exists for developing cities.

    First edition: 2002.

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    SUTP Module 1e - Raising Public Awareness about Sustainable Urban Transport

    SUTP Module 1e - Raising Public Awareness about Sustainable Urban Transport

    Public awareness, support and information campaigns are crucial to the formulation and implementation of any sustainable transport policy in developing cities. Key components of carrying out a cost-effective initiative to raise public awareness about sustainable transport include determining a target audience, developing a strategic approach, and establishing an effective “Working Group”.

    First edition: 2002.

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    SUTP Module 1f - Financing Sustainable Urban Transport

    SUTP Module 1f - Financing Sustainable Urban Transport

    The publication presents financing instruments for sustainable urban transport, and shows how to combine them. It is aimed at policy makers, financial sector specialists and urban planners/practitioners working on key challenges related to financing urban transport systems.

    First edition: 2010.

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    SUTP Module 1g - Urban Freight in Developing Cities

    SUTP Module 1g - Urban Freight in Developing Cities

    The SUTP Sourcebook module describes the importance of freight transportation in the context of urban development and provides detailed information on available options to meet current and future challenges for urban goods transport in rapidly growing cities of the developing world.

    First edition: 2010.

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    SUTP Technical Document # 13: Urban Mobility Plans - National Approaches and Local Practices

    SUTP Technical Document # 13: Urban Mobility Plans - National Approaches and Local Practices

    The document reviews approaches for Urban Mobility Plans (UMP) from various countries and showcases a growing number of examples calling for a shift away from the traditional, infrastructure-oriented approach towards sustainable and people-oriented planning. The paper’s intension is to support local policy-makers and planners in shaping urban mobility planning processes and policies in an effective and inclusive manner.

    First edition: 2014.

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    Fact Sheet: Sustainable Urban Transport: Avoid-Shift-Improve (A-S-I)

    Fact Sheet: Sustainable Urban Transport: Avoid-Shift-Improve (A-S-I)

    A quick introduction to our approach for sustainable urban mobility. Published in 2011.

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    SUTP Module 2a - Land Use Planning and Urban Transport

    SUTP Module 2a - Land Use Planning and Urban Transport

    Which cities have succeeded in establishing land use patterns which support the more environmentally-friendly and efficient modes of transit, walking and cycling? What are the benefits of better land use planning for developing cities? What can developing cities do to address increasing problems of urban sprawl and automobile dependency? This module addresses all of these questions and provides policy recommendations.

    First edition: 2002.

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    SUTP Module 2b - Mobility Management

    SUTP Module 2b - Mobility Management

    Mobility management aims to make the best use of existing infrastructure by managing the demand for transport and encouraging the use of sustainable modes of transport. This module provides a wide range of policy tools in mobility management for developing cities, ranging from ‘smart growth’ to parking and sustainable tourism programs.

    First edition: 2002.

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    SUTP Module 2c - Parking Management

    SUTP Module 2c - Parking Management

    Poor parking management or unregulated parking results in traffic congestion and impacts negatively on safety and accessibility for pedestrians as well as urban aesthetics. This module discusses the various operational, planning, institutional and social challenges around parking practices in cities, and how these could be overcome. The module also discusses topics like types of marking, parking demand and common myths associated with vehicle parking.

    First edition: 2010.

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    SUTP Module & Training Document - Transportation Demand Management

    SUTP Module & Training Document - Transportation Demand Management

    Transportation Demand Management (TDM) aims to maximize the efficiency of the urban transport system using a wide range of measures, including congestion pricing, public transport improvement, promoting non-motorised transport, fuel taxation and parking management. This document presents an overview on international practices, approaches and supports the design of a TDM strategy.

    First edition: 2009.

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    SUTP Training Document - Public awareness and behaviour change

    SUTP Training Document - Public awareness and behaviour change

    This document focuses on the importance of awareness and the necessary tools to initiate a change in the behaviour of the stakeholders for a sustainable transport system. Further, the document explains the various surveying methods for proper data collection. These tools will help planners and professionals in charge of communication of transport projects to diffuse information regarding new transport projects or initiatives to change travel behaviour of citizens. 

    First edition: 2006.

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    SUTP Technical Document #14 - On-Street Parking Managment

    SUTP Technical Document #14 - On-Street Parking Managment

    The document provides an overview of the different approaches to on-street parking management and provides advice to policy makers dealing with problems arising from unmanaged on-street parking. It addresses common problems that occur from illegal parking and circulating traffic searching for parking and points out approaches to overcome them. This includes information on the appropriate physical design of on-street parking as well as on the institutional basics and adequate tools for fee collection and pricing.

    First edition: 2016.

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    SUTP Module 3a - Mass Transit Options

    SUTP Module 3a - Mass Transit Options

    Choices about a mass rapid transit system are choices about a city's future. This module surveys mass transit systems around the world, and compares the different systems according to key parameters such as cost, construction time, environmental impacts, poverty impacts, speed, passenger capacity and many more.

    First edition: 2002.

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    SUTP Module 3b - Bus Rapid Transit

    SUTP Module 3b - Bus Rapid Transit

    This module provides practical guidance on how a developing city can plan, finance, design and implement a world class Bus Rapid Transit system. As a planning template for developing cities, this module can drastically reduce planning and consultancy costs which a developing city would otherwise incur in developing a BRT system.

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    SUTP Module 3c - Bus Regulation & Planning

    SUTP Module 3c - Bus Regulation & Planning

    This module provides direction to developing cities on how to break out of a low quality, high-risk, low profit, low investment spiral in which so many urban bus systems in the developing world are now caught. It introduces and outlines the concept of an annual planning cycle, and shows how developing cities can improve bus systems from the viewpoints of operators, drivers, regulators, and passengers.

    First edition: 2002.

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    SUTP Module 3d - Preserving and Expanding the Role of Non-motorized Transport

    SUTP Module 3d - Preserving and Expanding the Role of Non-motorized Transport

    This module starts by outlining the benefits of non-motorised transport (NMT). It considers the different forms of regulation to which NMT is subjected, and describes the non-motorised transport planning process and the steps involved, drawing from an example pilot study conducted in Surabaya and successful measures in Bogotá and European cities.

    First edition: 2003.

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    SUTP Module 3e - Car-free Development

    SUTP Module 3e - Car-free Development

    This module draws on experience from various cities that have ventured into finding alternative means of transport and have succeeded in creating more liveable cities for people. The module demonstrates clearly to decision makers that car oriented solutions are not the only way forward in solving the traffic related problems in their city. Further, the module gives successful examples from all over the world on creating liveable and car free public spaces, an essential aspect of a liveable city.

    First edition: 2005.

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    Cycling-Inclusive Policy Development: A Handbook

    Cycling-Inclusive Policy Development: A Handbook

    GIZ SUTP and the Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-Ce) have joined efforts in the development of a training document entitled "Cycling-inclusive Policy Development: A Handbook". This handbook provides detailed information on how to develop cycling-friendly policies and facilities. It can help planners, engineers, community leaders or advocates to enrich their own perspectives on what kind of places they want cities to be.

    First edition: 2009.

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    SUTP Module 4a - Cleaner Fuels and Vehicle Technologies

    SUTP Module 4a - Cleaner Fuels and Vehicle Technologies

    Cleaner fuels and vehicle technologies are key components of any sustainable urban transport system. This module provides a detailed evaluation of cleaner fuels and technologies which can be applied in developing cities. Fuel options are evaluated based on cost and practicality. The role of fuel quality standards is also described.

    First edition: 2002.

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    SUTP Module 4b - Inspection & Maintenance and Roadworthiness

    SUTP Module 4b - Inspection & Maintenance and Roadworthiness

    This module provides advice on the types of inspection and maintenance systems appropriate for a developing country and how developing cities can implement an effective I&M system. This is essential to ensure that vehicles are properly maintained, from both an environmental (emissions) and safety (roadworthiness) perspective.

    First edition: 2002.

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    SUTP Module 4c - Two- and Three-Wheelers

    SUTP Module 4c - Two- and Three-Wheelers

    Motorcycles are a dominant form of transport in many cities, especially throughout Asia. This document describes the challenges of this trend. It also provides an overview on measures to counter the rising emissions from two-stroke two-and three-wheelers in developing cities, emphasising the experience in Asia.

    First edition: 2002.

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    SUTP Module 4d - Natural Gas Vehicles

    SUTP Module 4d - Natural Gas Vehicles

    This decision-maker's guide to natural gas vehicles provides a solid grounding in all the basic concepts of natural gas vehicles, including their operation, economic aspects, environmental aspects and refuelling infrastructure. Case studies from developing cities, including a detailed consideration of experience in Delhi (provided by CSE India), are also provided.

    First edition: 2002.

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    SUTP Module 4e - Intelligent Transport Systems

    SUTP Module 4e - Intelligent Transport Systems

    The technologies used collectively for achieving safer, affordable and environmentally friendly transportation systems are called Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The objective of this module is to display to decision makers the various advantages of different ITS measures and how these systems could be implemented in their cities for best outcomes.

    First edition: 2005.

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    SUTP Module 4f - Eco-Driving

    SUTP Module 4f - Eco-Driving

    This module addresses the concept of economic and ecological driving for developing cities. It shows how costs can be reduced (and efficiency increased) by influencing driving behavior. The module addresses various aspects pertaining to driving patterns, advantages of eco-driving and gives clear examples of how these targets have been (and in future can be) achieved.

    First edition: 2005.

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    The Role of Open Data in Sustainable Transport

    The Role of Open Data in Sustainable Transport

    Today, innovative solutions in transport are mainly driven by digital applications. Data, collected by apps themselves or by third parties, is often publicly available and can be used through interfaces in other apps.  Governments and organisations generate data in the form of documents, databases, records, transcripts, etc., but historically this information has not always been available or open to the broader public. Opening data to the public can drive internal efficiency, spark community engagement and fuel a civic tech ecosystem.

    First edition: 2015.

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    SUTP Module 5a - Air Quality Management

    SUTP Module 5a - Air Quality Management

    This module serves to assist policy-makers and their advisers in developing countries to determine the best measures to abate air pollution with limited information. It provides advice on developing legally enforceable air quality standards and simplified clean air implementation plans. The module explains basic concepts of air pollution, sources and types of pollution, major pollutants, WHO and other standards, air quality monitoring, air quality management plans, and emissions inventories.

    First edition: 2002/2004.

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    SUTP Module 5b - Urban Road Safety

    SUTP Module 5b - Urban Road Safety

    Road traffic crashes result in around 1.3 million deaths annually. A disproportionate amount is in developing countries, with the victims often being pedestrians and cyclists. This module describes how road safety is organised at a city government level, how it is assessed (including the use of tools such as road crash diagrams), how safer road environments can be created, and the importance of public awareness, enforcement, safer vehicles, and sound financing.

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    Infographic – A comprehensive approach for road safety: The example of Germany

    Infographic – A comprehensive approach for road safety: The example of Germany

    About 3,400 people die every day in road traffic accidents around the world. A further 50 million people are injured every year. To reduce injuries and fatalities, many proven measures are available – from better infrastructure to safer vehicles, better enforcement & education and improved emergency medical services. Our infographic illustrates the comprehensive approach that Germany has taken as a response to sharply rising fatality rates since the 1950s - comprising a bundle of measures that can inspire policymakers and experts elsewhere.

    First edition: 2015.

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    SUTP Module 5c - Noise and its Abatement

    SUTP Module 5c - Noise and its Abatement

    Noise is emerging as an insidious problem in developing cities, even though it is not currently perceived as a major problem. A major source of noise in cities is urban road transport. This module introduces basic concepts of measuring noise, describes its health effects, provides recommended noise level standards, and outlines six key policy areas where governments can take action in transport to reduce this problem.

    First edition: 2011.

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    SUTP Module 5d - The CDM in the transport sector

    SUTP Module 5d - The CDM in the transport sector

    Since the advent of Kyoto Protocol in 2005, many countries, both developed and developing, have embraced the concept of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in order to reduce their carbon emissions. This module discusses the viability of sustainable transport projects to be qualified under the CDM mechanism which will thereby benefit from GHG offset sales. The module also presents a case study on Bogotá’s BRT system TransMilenio, the first officially registered CDM project for transport.

    First edition: 2007.

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    SUTP Module 5e - Urban Transport and Climate Change

    SUTP Module 5e - Urban Transport and Climate Change

    The module summarises the challenges that climate change mitigation has to face in the transport sector and presents the major options and instruments to deal with them. The module is a comprehensive summary of sustainable transport policy options and sketches out their potential for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. To ease access to more detailed information, the module includes many references to the other sourcebook modules.

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    SUTP Module 5f - Adapting Urban Transport to Climate Change

    SUTP Module 5f - Adapting Urban Transport to Climate Change

    Many transport decision-makers in developing countries are already confronted with extreme weather events, such as flooding, sea level rise and storms, all of which are expected to increase with climate change. In the worst case, transportation systems may not be able to recover between such events, resulting in exponential damages. This module is intended to raise awareness and describes the expected impacts of climate change on urban passenger transport as well as possible adaptation measures.

    First edition: 2009.

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    SUTP Module 5g - Urban Transport and Health

    SUTP Module 5g - Urban Transport and Health

    The module, written by a team of World Health Organization (WHO) experts using the most up-to-date data available, illustrates the pathways through which urban transportation affects human health. It provides information about instruments to assess the health impacts – or benefits – of transport projects and policies. The Module also outlines policies for healthy transport, and shows how these can yield important co-benefits with regard to other principles of sustainable transportation (e.g. GHG mitigation).

    First edition: 2011.

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    SUTP Module 5h - Urban Transport and Energy Efficiency

    SUTP Module 5h - Urban Transport and Energy Efficiency

    The Module 5h serves as a navigator for decision makers and stakeholders, including local and national authorities, the private sector and non-governmental organisations. It provides a comprehensive overview of measures and policies designed to promote greater energy efficiency in transport, and assigns specific tasks and responsibilities to particular parties. Case studies illustrate international experiences in implementing measures to increase energy efficiency in transport.

    First edition: 2012.

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    Technical Document - Efficiencia energética y movilidad en América Latina y el Caribe

    In response to increasing demand for mobility, the report examines various approaches aiming at more sustainable and efficient energy usage in the transport sector. Such approaches would inevitably involve investment in technological inventions as well as require the intensification of international cooperation.

    First edition: 2014.

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    SUTP Module 7a - Gender and Urban Transport

    SUTP Module 7a - Gender and Urban Transport

    This module addresses how gender should be addressed in transport policy and planning. Unsuccessful, inefficient and unsustainable transport can result from a lack of consideration of gender issues. Moreover, transport is often seen as gender neutral — a road or bus system is expected to affect everyone equally. However, urban transport systems are dynamic and are influenced by society, and differences within society must be taken into account.

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    SUTP Training Document: Public awareness and behaviour change

    SUTP Training Document: Public awareness and behaviour change

    This document focuses on the importance of awareness and the necessary tools to initiate a change in the behaviour of the stakeholders for a sustainable transport system. Further, the document explains the various surveying methods for proper data collection. These tools will help planners and professionals in charge of communication of transport projects to diffuse information regarding new transport projects or initiatives to change travel behaviour of citizens. 

    First edition: 2006.

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