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2013 Sustainable Transport Award Honors Mexico City

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) announcedC40 city Mexico City as the winner of the 2013 Sustainable Transport Award. Together with a committee of international transportation and development experts, the Institute recognized the city’s achievements in its Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, parking program, cycling and walking infrastructure, and improvements to public spaces.

Mexico City’s BRT system in particular stands out as an example of how effective transit systems can transform cities.

“Mexico City was like a patient sick with heart disease, its streets were some of the most congested in the world”, says Walter Hook, CEO of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, “In the last year, Mexico City extended its great Metrobus BRT system straight through the narrow congested streets of its spectacular historical core, rebuilt public parks and plazas, expanded bike sharing and bike lanes, and pedestrianized streets. With the blood flowing again, Mexico City’s urban core has been transformed from a forgotten, crime ridden neighborhood into a vital part of Mexico City’s future.”

Established in 2005, the award is presented cities for visionary developments and leadership in the transit and urban livability sectors. Another C40 city – Rio de Janeiro – received an honorable mention this year. Past C40 member winners have included San FranciscoNew YorkLondonParisSeoul and Bogotá.

To read more about the award, click here.

The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally.

Recognizing that cities consume over two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions, our organization’s global field staff works with city governments, supported by our technical experts across a range of program areas to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world.

The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes, and 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg is President of the Board. The Steering Committee includes: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo.

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