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Background Note - Eb - Share Transport Conference - Jiaozou-5sep12

Background Note - Eb - Share Transport Conference - Jiaozou-5sep12

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Published by: Eric Britton (World Streets) on Oct 10, 2012
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Share/Transport: Jiaozou 2012
Background note of 03-Oct-2012 Page 1
Share/Transport 2012
The Third International Share/Transport Forum - Jiaozou China 2012
Introduction
This International Forum, the third in the series which got first underway in 2010 in Kaohsiung and met again in Changzhe in 2011,is once again bringing together leading thinkers and sharing transport practitioners from the People's Republic of China, Asia and the world, to examine the concept of "sharedtransport" (as opposed to individual vehicle ownership or established forms of public transport) from amulti-disciplinary perspective, with a strong international and Chinese-speaking contingent.The concept of shared transport is at once old and new, formal and informal, but above all one that isgrowing very fast and changing in many respects just as fast as it grows. Something important is clearlygoing on, and this year's event will look at this carefully and from many angles, in the hope of providinga broader strategic base for advancing not just the individual shared modes (e.g., car-share, ride-share,bike-share, taxi-share, street-share, time-share, cost-share, etc.), but of combining them to advance thesustainable transport agenda of our cities more broadly.Are we at a turning point? Is sharing already starting to be a more broadly used and relevantsocial/economic pattern? Is there an over-arching concept at the base of all this which we can identifyand put to work for people and the planet? And what do you need to look at and do to make yourspecific sharing project work?These are some of the issues that we shall be examining with prominent invited speakers from the fieldsof economics, politics, psychology, who will join transportation experts to discuss these trends. Hostedthis year in the dynamic city of Jiaozou with its strong industrial tradition, the event will take place duringCar Free Day celebrations, which conference guests will be encouraged to join.The event will include presentations on leading projects related to transport sharing taking placeglobally. and above all will be taking care to present the various projects, modes and approaches in thevery necessary broader sustainable transport, sustainable cities (and sustainable lives) context. Becauseif the vehicles, technology and delivery systems of the various share transport modes are important,transport sharing at the end of the day is basically about people and the choices they make.
 
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Sharing in the 21st century - Will it shape our cities?
After decades of a single dominant city-shaping transportation pattern - i.e., for those who could affordit: owning and driving our own cars, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles, getting into taxis by ourselves,riding in streets that are designed for cars and not much else -- there is considerable evidenceaccumulating that we have already entered into a world of new mobility practices that are changing thetransportation landscape in many ways. It has to do with sharing, as opposed to outright ownership.But strange to say, this trend seems to have escaped the attention of the policymakers in many of theinstitutions directly concerned. It is not that they are not increasingly aware of the new generation of projects such as bicycle, car, taxi and street sharing, those we are seeing develop largely under their ownsteam. But the broader strategic frame for understanding and shaping these projects is something westill need to build and put to work.However transport sharing is an important trend, one that is already starting to reshape at least parts of some of our cities. It is a movement at the leading edge of our most successful (and wealthiest andlivable) cities -- not just a watered down or second-rate transport option for the poor. With this in view,we set out in 2010 to test these concepts in a range of international cities and fora, examining not justthe qualities (and limitations) of individual shared mobility modes, but also to put this in the broadercontext of why people share. And why they do not. And in the process to stretch our minds to considerwhat is needed to move toward a new environment in which people often share rather than necessarilyonly doing things on their own when it comes to moving around in our cities worldwide.As a contribution to international understanding in this fast emerging but still largely unexplored field,the City of Jiaozou is organizing, together with Global Environment Facility/World Bank, the PMO inBeijing and the China Urban Transport Development Strategy Partnership, this third World Forum onShare/Transport in an international conference and brainstorming session to take place from 20 - 22September 2012, in which a number of observers and experts working at the leading edge of thesematters will come together, first to examine together the general concept of sharing in the 21st century.And then, once this broader frame and understanding has been established, we will go on to considerhow sharing as an organizational principle is working out in each of the individual mobility modes whichare rapidly gaining force in cities around the world. But the conference will be looking far beyondproject level innovation, and to the broader public policy issues which have yet to be sorted out.
 
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What is "share/transport"
Here is a quick concept diagram which is intended to give a first rough idea about how share/transportas a broad class fits in with the other more traditional mobility options. It makes it clear why it is alsocalled Third Way transport, bridging the two older categories which for many years were about the onlythings the planners and authorities ever thought about when it came to ways to get around in the city.To fill out this quick image of introduction you will find here a "mind map" which is meant to give a visualclue as to the quite large variety of modes, media, motivations and values that together constitute theshare/transport agenda.

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