Sustainable Transport Award Finalist: Lviv

  • Sustainable Transport Award Finalist: Lviv
Issue 54, February 2013.

Sustainable Transport Award Finalist: Lviv

Established in 2005, the Sustainable Transport Award recognizes leadership and visionary achievements in sustainable transportation and urban livability. The award is presented to a city each January for achievements in the preceding year. A committee that includes the most respected experts and organizations working internationally on sustainable transportation chose the finalists and the winner. The committee includes: Institute for Transportation and Development Policy; EMBARQ, The World Resources Institute Center for Sustainable Transport; GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit); Clean Air Asia; Clean Air Institute; United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD); Transport Research Laboratory EcoMobility, Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI); Transport Research Board’s Transportation in the Developing Countries Committee (ABE90).
On January 15th 2013 in Washington, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), together with an international committee of transportation and development experts, awarded Mexico City, the 2013 Sustainable Transport Award for its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, cycling and walking infrastructure, parking program, and revitalization of public space. Four additional cities received honorable mentions at the Sustainable Transport Awards: Bremen, (Germany), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Rosario (Argentina) and Lviv (Ukraine). Lviv was put forward by the international organization GIZ for its overall improvements to public transport, walking, cycling, and traffic calming for the EURO2012 soccer championship. The nomination of Lviv highlighted the sustainable development process in the transport sector with lower emissions, less energy consumption and fewer traffic fatalities. The successes of Lviv demonstrate that the preparation for large-scale events can be used to initiate a transformation process in urban mobility with long lasting and sustainable outcomes.
Journalist and activist Myroslava Gongadze accepted the honorable mention award. Armin Wagner, senior transport advisor for GIZ said, “The STA is truly an international award and a recognition for achievements in sustainable urban mobility. Recognizing Lviv sends a strong signal to other cities in Central and Eastern Europe that the development for cycling and the preservation and expansion of public transport are crucial to fight rapid motorization and its negative effects.”
Past winners of the Sustainable Transport Award include: Medellín, Colombia and San Francisco, United States (2012); Guangzhou, China (2011); Ahmedabad, India (2010); New York City, USA (2009); London, UK (2008); Paris, France (2008); Guayaquil, Ecuador (2007); Seoul, South Korea (2006), and Bogotá, Colombia (2005).