Building
Collective Action
for the
Next Decade

About MOBILIZE

MOBILIZE is the annual sustainable transport summit of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), which brings together urban transport and development practitioners alongside world-class researchers to celebrate best practices and accelerate implementation of sustainable transport projects.

Each year, ITDP and the Sustainable Transport Award Committee select a city that has implemented innovative sustainable transportation projects in the preceding year. These strategies improve mobility for all residents, reduce transportation greenhouse and air pollution emissions, and improve safety and access for cyclists and pedestrians. The winning city and honorable mentions are honored at a ceremony in Washington, DC in January during the Transport Research Board Conference. The winning city has hosted MOBILIZE from 2016 to 2019, bringing together over 200 practitioners each year to learn, explore and connect.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, MOBILIZE shifted to a virtual format, bringing together over 1,000 sustainable transport experts from around the globe in a series of workshops and presentations. As we move forward and in solidarity with our global community, ITDP will work with our winning STA cities to bring their interventions through a virtual format as we make our way out of the pandemic together.

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Past Summits

Since 2016, MOBILIZE has hosted summits in Yichang, China; Santiago, Chile; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Fortaleza, Brazil. The strategies showcased by these cities promote people-oriented cities, reduce transportation greenhouse and air pollution emissions, and improve safety and access for cyclists and pedestrians. In 2020, in light of Covid-19, the annual summit pivoted to an online format for MOBILIZE Virtual, showcasing the STA winning city of Pune, India.

Virtual and Pune, India, 2020 

50 countries, 191 cities, 1075 participants came together virtually to tackle this year’s theme of “Building Collective Action for the Next Decade” and to learn from Pune, India in their acceleration and commitment to all sustainable transit modes, particularly with significant growth in pedestrian infrastructure. 

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Fortaleza, Brazil, 2019

20 countries, 46 cities, 226 participants came together to learn from the increasing mobility by building over 100 kilometers of dedicated bus lanes, over 240 kilometers of cycling paths and creating a rigorous road safety program offered by Fortaleza and discuss the theme around “Reclaiming Streets for Access and Mobility.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 2018

31 countries, 61 cities, 230 participants came together to learn from the mobility and access lessons offered by Dar es Salaam and discuss the theme around “Making Space for Mobility in Booming Cities.

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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.

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Yichang, China, 2016 

The 2016 Sustainable Transport Award went to Yichang, China, and the inaugural summit took place last September in Yichang, celebrating their accomplishments in bus rapid transit and new walking and cycling infrastructure. The event brought more than 175 people together, including representatives from ITDP, the City of Yichang, the Asian Development Bank, ICLEI, VREF, Chinese transport and urban development government agencies, civil society, and transport practitioners and decision makers from cities across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

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