Santiago, Chile, 2017
20 countries, 52 cities, 185 participants came together to learn from the mobility and access lessons offered by Santiago and discuss the theme around just and inclusive cities.
Access to Just and Inclusive Cities
The location, mode, and cost of transit all have direct implications for equity and justice. For decades, transport systems in cities were design to improve car-oriented mobility, leading to sprawl and codifying inequalities in the physical form of the city.A focus on improving access offers a different way to think about land use and transportation. This session discussed how to have a just and inclusive city based on principles of mobility and access.
Regulatory Overdrive or Informal Chaos
Technology has changed the ways people can access transport services, bringing new mobility options. On demand taxis, such as Uber and Lyft, and dockless bike share systems like Ofo and Mobike are forcing governments to make quick decisions of how these informal providers will be regulated. This session will address the tension of regulating informality alongside the advantages of the informal sector for improving access to city amenities and opportunities.
From Social Housing to Inclusive Development
Many cities are taking action to create communities that have a mix of activities and people from different socioeconomic levels, but struggle with the practical issues of displacement and access. This session will address how cities are working to achieve inclusive communities through better land use and transit linkages, while addressing both direct and indirect displacement, segregation, poverty concentration and other
drivers of urban development and growth.
Creating Inclusive Cities for All Genders
Transportation decisions are often made with a focus on the solo male commuter, to the disadvantage of everyone else. Women, who are most often primary caretakers, must also deal with the challenges of traveling with children and the elderly. Women also have to more frequently contend with harassment and violence. This session will ask what is preventing transportation and cities from being better spaces for women, and how to foster more inclusive cities for all genders.
Recognizing Finance As More Than Money
While cities cite a lack of funding as the barrier to implementing sustainable transport, national governments and banks often claim a lack of good projects as the main barrier. One challenge is incorporating fiscal and financing experts in the dialogue for sustainable and equitable access. This session explores the new approaches to funding and financing urban transport and the implications of these instruments for inclusive access. What changes are needed in planning and evaluation of policies and investments?