Suwon City was selected as a final candidate city for the 2014 Sustainable Transport Awards (STA), organized by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP), a non-profit international transportation development policy research institute headquartered in the United States.
The selection serves as recognition of Suwon City’s most recent sustainable transportation efforts. The city suggested a new paradigm for sustainable urban transportation systems by hosting the ‘Eco-Mobility World Festival Suwon 2013’ in Haenggung-dong, Paldal-gu, in September last year. The festival was the first event of its kind. The city’s sustainable transportation policies have also produced positive results, with improved air quality and an expanded transition to pedestrian-centered transportation systems.
The ITDP announced on its official homepage that Suwon City had advanced to the finals along with Buenos Aires in Argentina, Lanzhou in China, and Indosiar in India. The final winning city is scheduled to be announced at the STA ceremony during the annual international transportation policy conference in Washington D.C., in the U.S., on January 14, 2014. The STA is awarded annually by the ITDP to a city that has increased the vitality of its local communities by reducing traffic-related pollution and accidents and by ensuring the rights of passage for bicycles and pedestrians. This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the awards.
The STA was established to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ITDP. The prize was awarded to Mexico City in Mexico in 2013. In 2006, Seoul won the award in recognition of the city’s dramatic improvement in the public transportation system including the bus transfer system.