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Nominations open for 2015 Sustainable Transport Award

The 10th Annual Sustainable Transport Award, which recognises profound leadership, vision, and achievement in sustainable transportation and urban livability, is now open for nominations. Established in 2005, the award each year recognises a city that has implemented innovative sustainable transportation projects the year before. These projects make cities more livable by reducing pollution, improving mobility and making the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Image courtesy of staward.org

Image courtesy of staward.org

The 2013 winner, Argentina’s Buenos Aires, implemented several impressive sustainable transport projects in 2013. In 2013, the city launched two new corridors of their BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system, Metrobus: the 23 km corridor of Metrobus Sur and the 3.5 km corridor of 9 de Julio. In addition, the city has transformed dozens of blocks in the city centre into a pedestrian-friendly environment, encouraging walking and cycling. These changes are bringing big changes to Buenos Aires and promoting a culture that prioritizes people over cars.

The deadline for nominations – which can be made online here – is 15th September 2014. Finalists are selected by an international committee of development experts and organisations working on sustainable transport. The winning city will be announced at the 94th Annual Transport Research Board Conference, hosted in January 2015 in Washington, D.C., United States.

Buenos Aires is setting a great example through the promotion of sustainable transport, leading the way for other cities. Transport plays a vital role in a city’s commitment to lowering carbon dioxide emissions and providing a better quality of life for its citizens. Local Transport is one of the 12 environmental indicators that cities applying for the European Green Capital Award are assessed on.