Kaohsiung / Chinese Taipei

4. Ecomobility World Festival

October in Kaohsiung is devoted to soft mobility. The EcoMobility World Festival will show, for a period of one month, what cities could look like if they reduced their car traffic. In addition, a four-day Congress with international participation should ensure that future-oriented common solutions are found and developed.

The Festival and Congress are organized by ICLEI – a unique global association of currently more than 1,500 actively participating cities and communities that have made a commitment to sustainable development. ICLEI works at two levels: on the global stage, the organization represents local authorities at UN-conferences, as well as many international fora.


At the same time, ICLEI is directly involved in local activities, accompanying local authorities on their journey towards greater sustainability. The hosting city of this massive spectacle is Kaohsiung, a city in south-west of Chinese Taipei with a population of nearly 2.8 million and one of the world’s 13 largest ports.


It is a place of bustling activity and overcrowded streets where traffic chaos at its best is part of one’s daily life. The first steps towards breaking free from dependency on cars have already been taken in the metropolis: for example, there is a bike rental system in place with 159 bike stations and a network of more than 750 kilometers of cycling paths.

In addition, public transport including a subway, buses, high-speed trains, ferries, solar boats and a new tramway are available to residents. The initiators of the EcoMobility Festival are convinced that even more can be done to make the city more livable, healthy and less dangerous. The Festival’s participants, together with local residents, should experience soft mobility for a period of one month, leaving their cars parked.

Finding solutions together

The Congress will be held from 2-4 October 2017 under the slogan “Livable, Shared, Intelligent”. Beatrice Shang from ICLEI explains the meaning of the slogan as follows: “We wish to make our cities freely accessible, walkable, safe, affordable and people-friendly for all.

The transport system represents the cornerstone in this effort.” Around 500 local and international participants are expected, among them city mayors, urban planners, transport experts, bank representatives, researchers, as well as high-level political representatives. The agenda includes workshops, presentations, experience sharing, and debates on the theme Sustainable Urban Mobility.


The aim is to find transport solutions for all, protecting the environment and air quality and thus improving the quality of life in a sustainable manner. Chang adds that the Festival is basically a living demonstration that should stir people up and encourage them to believe that each individual, and we all together, can contribute towards this aim.


In October, the old part of Kaohsiung, Hamasen, will be transformed into a vibrant but also car-free zone where residents and guests alike can try out a wide variety of vehicles, such as segways, lay down bikes, scooters, conference bikes, e-cars, hand bikes, rickshaws etc. bm