Share the Road showcased in Belo Horizonte

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Carly Koinange, UNEP & FIA Foundation Share the Road Programme (Photo: Sergio Trentini / WRI Brazil Sustainable Cities)
Carly Koinange, UNEP & FIA Foundation Share the Road Programme (Photo: Sergio Trentini / WRI Brazil Sustainable Cities)

The FIA Foundation and UN Environment Programme have showcased their ‘Share the Road’ programme as part of discussions to promote the importance of low carbon transport at an international seminar in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Opened by the Mayor of Belo Horizonte, Marcio Lacerda (pictured above), and organised in partnership with the World Resources Institute and the British Embassy, the Urban Mobility and the Environment event shared sustainable transport experiences between Brazil and other countries to contribute to the city’s ambitious targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. Belo Horizonte is Brazil’s sixth most populous city and aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from 7.21 million tons to 5.76 million tons by 2030. The city’s sustainable urban mobility plan will be a big contributor in meeting this target as today, 53% of the city's emissions are caused by the transport sector.

A big focus at the seminar, held on 15th March 2016, was the role of non-motorised transport, not only in contributing to the city’s emission targets but also in addressing road safety challenges and promoting social cohesion in the city. The Belo Horizonte authorities highlighted their ambitions target of increasing cycling modal share from 0.4% in 2016 to 8% by 2020 as well as increasing modal share for walking and public transport.

Carly Koinange, the Global Programme Lead for the Share the Road Programme supported the prioritisation of investment in non-motorised transport infrastructure as part of an integrated sustainable mobility plan and highlighted the need to shift from building infrastructure for cars and move to building infrastructure for people. Share the Road is an initiative supported by UNEP and the FIA Foundation to encourage government policies to prioritise investment in non-motorised transport infrastructure in order to achieve environmental, road safety and accessibility benefits.

Mrs Koinange also presented on best practice urban mobility and sustainable transport solutions from around the world – highlighting examples of walking and cycling from cities around the world as well as the Global Fuel Economy Initiative in Kenya. Attended by over 40 stakeholders the seminar was a great success with discussions feeding into the current review of Belo Horizonte’s urban mobility plan and targets.