ITDP has promoted bus rapid transit (BRT) and sustainable urban transport in China for a decade, and working from conceptual planning through to implementation and operation on the Guangzhou BRT, and also in Lanzhou, Huizhou, Wuhan, Harbin, and Fuzhou.
ITDP and the Guangzhou Municipal Engineering Design and Research Institute (GMEDRI) co-led the planning and design of the Guangzhou BRT, which opened in February 2010. The system breaks the mold of BRT in Asia, carrying as many passengers as comparable sized metro systems. See ChinaBRT.org for more information on this system.
ITDP is also working on non-motorized transport initiatives, with a focus on bike sharing, greenways, and bike network and facility planning. In coordination with the Guangzhou Public Bicycle Operation Management Company, ITDP works to promote the public bicycle system in Guangzhou. ITDP consults with Guangzhou Greenway Office and provides technical support to the Guangzhou greenway design.
China Greenways, Cycling, and Pedestrian Facility Program
ITDP has worked on Greenways and non-motorized transport (NMT) planning and implementation for over 20 years. ITDP-China has provided technical support to Greenway & NMT projects in Guangzhou, Harbin, Huizhou, Wuhan, Lanzhou, Yichang, and other cities. Our work focuses on the design, planning and policies needed to re-tain and restore the primacy of walking & cycling in Chinese cities. This includes work on Greenway and NMT networks, intersection and walkway design and connectivity, NMT policy, outreach & training, and BRT integration. Guangdong’s success in imple¬menting Greenways has spurred expansion around China. The challenge, though, is to dramatically upgrade the quality and connectivity of these Greenways, starting with city-level demonstration projects and policies.
ITDP China’s Urban Development Program
ITDP China works with governments, private developers, and the planning and design commu¬nity, providing technical advice and policy recommendations supporting the integration of land use and transportation to generate greater financial and economic benefits for developers along with wider governmental and societal benefits.
We work through demonstration projects and supporting policy and regulatory changes to achieve large-scale changes through real-world examples that embody the sustainability principles, can be seen and experienced by all, and can be aspired to and replicated throughout China. The urban development work is often focused along BRT corridors - including in Guangzhou, Lanzhou, and Yichang.
ITDP is currently documenting best practices in urban development in the Pearl River Delta, with case study developments from Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen. ITDP is also involved in a World Bank low-carbon city project in Wuhan, and are providing advice on low carbon development in Changsha and Lanzhou.
More information: chinabestpractices.net
Parking Systems and Policies in China
ITDP-China assists several Chinese city governments with planning on-street park¬ing systems and reforming off-street parking regulations. Advice is given on parking zones, parking fees, technology, organizational and financial issues and policies. Following ITDP’s support and advice, Lanzhou implemented on-street parking zones with sharply increased parking prices in 2012. ITDP is advising Chinese cities to change from parking minimum standards for new developments to parking maximum standards, though no cities have yet adopted this approach.
For more information please visit: globalparking.net