“Fortaleza and Bucheon are here tonight because they put in place projects that humanize their cities: putting people first.”
-Michael Kodransky, Sustainable Transport Award Committee Chair
On January 15, ITDP and the Sustainable Transport Award (STA) committee awarded Fortaleza, Brazil, with the 2019 Sustainable Transport Award and Bucheon, South Korea with an Honorable Mention for their sustainable transport achievements at the 15th annual STA ceremony in Washington D.C. Delegates from Fortaleza received their award from Clarisse Linke, ITDP Brazil Director, and honorable mention Bucheon from Michael Kodransky, STA Committee Chair. The ceremony opened with welcome remarks from ITDP’s CEO, Heather Thompson and continued with a keynote address from Tilly Chang, Executive Director of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority before concluding with the award presentations.
For 15 years, the Sustainable Transport Award has recognized cities that demonstrate political courage by implementing innovative sustainable transport projects in the preceding year. These projects improve mobility for all residents, reduce transport and air pollution emissions, and improve safety and access, particularly for cyclists and pedestrians. Fortaleza won the 2019 award for a series of cycling, walking, and transit improvements, while Bucheon received the honorable mention for creative improvements to public spaces around transit.
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. As the STA winner, Fortaleza will host ITDP’s 2019 MOBILIZE Summit.