Despite an exceedingly challenging 2020, we have had a surprisingly productive year with many occasions to feel grateful. Indeed, all of our partners (including 60 partner cities and 14 partner countries) have demonstrated great resilience while our donors, implementing partners and knowledge partners have shown tremendous responsiveness. This is with great pride that we can affirm that those efforts have proven their impact as we release our latest edition of the Global Monitor.
A dive into the diverse actions taken in many countries
As a leading global partnership for sustainable mobility with nearly 100 partners, including 63 cities and 15 countries, we are well-positioned to compile data to help make a compelling case, not just for continuing to support sustainable mobility, but for increasing the investment in sustainable mobility. Working on this report gives us the rare opportunity to dive into the diverse actions being taken in 34 countries working to build low-carbon and just mobility systems. We looked at this compilation of experiences through the lens of the new strategy for the next five years, which enables implementation of projects and a fair transition in urban transport.
A successful leveraging of funds to tackle the climate crisis
After a two-month period of data collection and analysis, the results are in: from first completed projects, we were able to leverage €922 million to implement the sustainable mobility plans and programmes supported by the Partnership. This means that around 6.3 million people, mostly from the middle and poorer classes in their cities, will have improved access to public transportation, giving them better access to jobs and the other urban amenities that our cities offer. Better public transport is also coupled with nearly €90 million for dedicated infrastructure for walking and cycling, which will all result in an expected reduction of 14% of GHG emissions.
A year with many highlights and successes
In addition to the aggregate results, this report presents some of the highlights of 2020: How effectively we were able to transition to online trainings, the increased interest in accelerating the transition to use other forms of data sources for data collection in mobility planning, the awareness of the importance and special vulnerability of informal transport workers, as well as those who rely on them. The factsheets in annex of the report give more granularity to complement the main report. They also offer a summary of the activities in each cities and countries receiving technical support for those interested in specific locations.
With urbanisation increasing rapidly, the demand is high and the time is short to shape sustainable cities of the future. So, we are thrilled to see that the tools we developed to empower our members are being used by cities outside the Partnership.
To learn more about our results, check out our Global Monitor.