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                                                                  Media release
                                                  Restricted until Monday, 10 December 2007,
                                                                               17:00 Bali time
                                                                            18:00 Tokyo time
                                                                                10:00 am CET
                                                                                  4:00am EST
                                                                                  1:00am PST

EcoMobility helps to save the climate
Alliance for walking, cycling, wheeling and ‘passenging’ launched
at Bali UN Climate Conference

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia saw the launch of a global
alliance for ecomobility. More than 30 global companies, business and user associations,
expert organizations, local governments and United Nations agencies have joined together in
a partnership for the integrated promotion of walking, cycling, wheeling and ‘passenging’ (the
use of public transport) in cities.
“Climate change must be addressed in every community worldwide. We cannot just wait for
governments to come to an agreement. As far as urban transport is concerned, we have got a
solution to offer: EcoMobility”, says Konrad Otto-Zimmermann who heads ICLEI, an
association of over 700 cities in 67 countries that are dedicated to sustainable development.
Building a zero-carbon mobility system for cities, this is the ultimate goal of the Alliance.
“Whilst billions are being spent on having engineers make the car less environmentally
harmful, let’s be aware: the ‘zero carbon vehicle’ was invented more than 200 years ago and
is called the bicycle”, says Otto-Zimmermann. Push and pull carts even have a history of
thousands of years. Walking was invented when humans began to walk upright – and thus
saved 75% energy. With the bicycle, humans even surpassed evolution – moving by bicycle
requires less energy input per kilometre than walking.
The potential for reducing carbon dioxide emissions in urban transport is significant. In the
European Union, a majority of car journeys are short distance drives: ten percent of trips by
car are shorter than one kilometre, 50 percent shorter than five kilometres. If only 30 percent
of car journeys below six kilometres were replaced by bicycle trips, this would lead to a four
percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from road traffic. A necessary way to go since
carbon dioxide emissions from road transport in the EU have increased by 26 percent from

In the Netherlands, cycling can reduce carbon dioxide emissions from transport by six
percent. If trips up to 7.5 kilometres distance were done by bicycle instead of the motor car,
2.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions could be saved, by which measure the
Netherlands would have achieved one eighth of its Kyoto commitment.
The conditions for ecomobility differ from city to city, however. In wealthy German cities,
over 80% of trips under three kilometres are made by non-motorized means, while in
Surabaya, Indonesia, with less than one twentieth of the per capita income than German
citizens enjoy, only 40% of trips in this range are made in a non motorized fashion. This is
caused by the dangerous road and traffic conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and users of
mobility aids such as wheelchairs. Improving road safety by, for example, dedicating space
and lanes for non-motorized transport, is therefore key to the promotion of ecomobility.
“Urban transport is the world's fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions by a
factor of two. Given that there remains a 20 to 25 year-long window of opportunity to slow
the trajectory of emissions growth, a dollar spent on mitigation in urban transport
immediately is worth two dollars spent elsewhere”, says Brian Williams, Chief of the Energy
and Transport Section of United Nations Habitat.
The Alliance’s key activity areas will be:
•       Advocacy: Positioning ecomobility as a solution in the climate change debate, by
        advocating ecomobility at international policy fora and negotiations.
•       Promotion: Raising awareness of the benefits of ecomobility through an ecomobility
        label as a distinction for city districts, public and private facilities, and the Cities Enjoy
        Bicycles Awards.
•       Investment: Encouraging investment in ecomobility infrastructure, vehicles and mobility
•       Innovation: Building ecomobility systems in cities through product innovation and
        creative cooperation in cross-sector partnerships.
The word “ecomobility” has been coined to promote walking, cycling, wheeling and
‘passenging’ as one idea, one word and one system.

Bali, Indonesia
10 December 2007

Media contact:                  Tanya Imola
                                mobile +81-338 976 117

                                                Global Alliance for EcoMobility
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Quotes from members of the Global Alliance for EcoMobility

“We promote the use of non-motorized transport, not only as a tool for poverty alleviation but
also as a hedge against the over-use of the private automobile. The EcoMobility Alliance will
be an invaluable tool for the realization of both, and we are pleased to be a part of it.”
                                                                                     Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director,
                                                                                                 United Nations Habitat

“We are determined to assist and encourage the transition to more intelligent and
environment-friendly transportation choices that reflect the challenges of our age.”
                                                        Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General
                            and Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
                                                                                   Nairobi, Kenya

“As a corporate enterprise, we believe that industry has a fundamental responsibility to
reassess its role in regard to protecting our natural environment.”
                                                  Yoshi Shimano, Chairman, Shimano Inc., Sakai City, Japan
                                                           the world’s leading manufacturer of bicycle parts

“As a father of four children & an avid bike commuter, I fully support EcoMobility in
promoting alternative, earth friendly forms of transportation.”
                                  Dan Britton, President & CEO, Chariot Carriers Inc., Calgary, Canada
                                                leading manufacturer of child carriers and baby joggers

“We have got ideas to change the way of shopping in the inner cities. Our concepts help to
reduce the carbon emission. The EcoMobility Alliance allows Wanzl to introduce these
concepts to the broad public.”
                                                      Dr. Rainer Eckert, Director of Research & Development,
                                                                           Wanzl GmbH, Leipheim, Germany
                                                                     world market leader in shopping trolleys

“There is a huge potential to shift trips to public transport, walking and cycling. This is one
of the most cost effective ways to reduce CO2 emissions and it is vital that the developing
world keeps a high share of trips using these sustainable modes.”
                                                                               Hans Rat, Secretary General,
                                           International Association of Public Transport, Brussels, Belgium

                                             Global Alliance for EcoMobility
 Leopoldring 3, • D- 79098 Freiburg, Germany • Phone +49-761 / 368 92-0, Fax +49-761 / 368 92-29 • •

“Bicycle messengers are uniquely placed to consult with urban planners and policy makers in
developing integrated transport systems that are not dependent on automobiles.”
                                                                          Andy Duncan, President,
                       International Federation of Bicycle Messenger Associations, Toronto, Canada

“Cycling is EcoMobility. This globe is desperate for more cycling.”
                                                                                        Manfred Neun, President
                                                                  European Cyclists Federation, Brussels, Belgium

“We have a huge opportunity, and responsibility, to shift short and polluting trips by car to
bicycling, walking and transit. If we are successful, we‘ll have a profound impact on global
greenhouse gas emissions and countless other issues facing our unsustainable 20th century
                                                                             Andy Clarke, Executive Director
                                                          League of American Bicyclists, Washington DC, USA

“The Global Alliance for EcoMobility will ensure that policy makers do not ignore the needs
of pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.”
                                                                                      David Ward, Director General
                                                                           FIA Foundation, London, United Kingdom

“Mobility beyond oil calls for strong alliances. Therefore we support the EcoMobility
Initiative in its drive to promote smart and sustainable means of transport, such as public
transport, cycling and walking.”
                                                       Stefan Opitz, Head of Unit Energy and Transport,
                                           German Agency for Technical Cooperation, Eschborn, Germany

“I see the Global Alliance for EcoMobility as a way to help us realize our dream in which it
will be fun again to walk and cycle in Asian cities….”
                                                                       Cornie Huizenga, Executive Director
                                            Clean Air Initiative Asia Center, Pasig City/Manila, Philippines

”Human powered vehicles are affordable, efficient, and sustainable — EcoMobility.”
                                                                                     Richard Ballantine, Chair,
                                                               International Human Powered Vehicle Association

                                             Global Alliance for EcoMobility
 Leopoldring 3, • D- 79098 Freiburg, Germany • Phone +49-761 / 368 92-0, Fax +49-761 / 368 92-29 • •

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