PUBLIC PARTICIPATION FOR SAFER URBAN TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN CHINA by ProQuest

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International experience suggests that in the realm of urban transportation development, a public participation process can be a valuable complement to the technical planning process in effectively producing safer projects with minimized adverse impacts. This brief describes a recent case of successful uses of participation techniques by a number of Chinese cities to improve the safety performance of a $500 million USD, World Bank-financed urban transport project in Liaoning Province, China. As the most significant outcome, the consultation exercise raised city leaders' sensitivity to the public's safety needs and led to modification of the project focuses from the originally proposed large-scale infrastructure investments (ring roads, major arterials and road-widening schemes) to safety-enhancement solutions and local road improvement, which are centered on benefiting pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable groups.

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