Workshop by Sino-German Urban Cycling Research Project successfully launched

Urbanisation
Dec 31, 2019

Environmental problems have aroused widespread concern in recent years to tackle pollution. Cycling, as a low-carbon transport vehicle, gains increasingly support yet continues to face huge challenges. In order to gain a better understanding of China’s current cycling system, the joint research project Study on the Sino-German Urban Cycling System and the Construction of Bicycle System in Zhangjiakou City was launched, jointly implemented by the SGUP, the Chinese Transportation and Fuel Strategy Project of GIZ, the Centre of Sciences and Technology and Industrialization Development (CSTID) of MoHURD and Hebei Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture.

On June 28, the workshop successfully took place in Beijing. The meeting was moderated by Ms. Tian Yongying, Deputy Director of CSTID. Ms. Lou Nailin, former Deputy Chief Engineer of CSTID, and Ms. Guo Xiaojun, President of the School of Architecture and Art of the Hebei University of Architecture attended the meeting and delivered insightful presentations to the audience.

Mrs. Lou Nailin argued that the government should shift from simple road planning to the construction of the comprehensive transportation system. The analysis of the overall situation of the cycling system will have a positive impact on the construction of urban transportation networks. Zhangjiakou area is the host of the Winter Olympics 2022. It currently undertakes credible efforts in constructing “two zones”, the water conservation function zone and the ecological environment support zone. By combining urban cycling systems with urban public transportation, hydrogen energy transportation and other modes of transportation, people can benefit from an urban transportation network and build “Green Zhangjiakou” and “Green Olympics” for the coming Winter Olympic Games 2022.

Mrs. Guo Xiaojun recognized the importance of promoting mutual exchange and cooperation between China and Germany, especially in the field of research and development. Both parties would highly benefit from sharing research achievements and cooperating in bilateral research projects. Read more in CN

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Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership

Project country
China
Political Partners
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China (MoHURD)
Implementation Partners
Center for Science and Technology and Industrialization Development (CSTID); China Association of Mayors
Duration
05/2016 - 07/2020

In 2013, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang initiated the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership as a response to rising rates of urbanisation, a higher frequency of climate change-induced natural disasters and increasing levels of environmental degradation. The partnership is overseen by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD) of the People’s Republic of China, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been responsible for implementing the Partnership Project since June 2016. Funded through the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of BMU, the project focuses on promoting sustainable, integrated urban development in China and Germany. The governing structure of the Sino-German Urbanisation Partnership consists of a Steering Committee and an Annual Meeting of the Working Group on Urbanisation that involves all active members in the Partnership. Every three years a High-level Forum on Urbanisation is held, alternating between China and Germany.