EcoMobility World Festivals   


The Urban Idea pursues a series of EcoMobility World Festivals. These Festivals are not just events - each Festival is a temporary mise-en-scène of future urban life in a real city, by real people, in real time. The Festivals were conceived by Konrad Otto-Zimmermann, former Secretary General of ICLEI and Creative Director at The Urban Idea.

2nd EcoMobility World Festival 2015 in Johannesburg

The EcoMobility World Festival 2015 has been announced to take place from 1-31 October 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

"We want to close off certain streets in Sandton, our second largest Central Business District (CBD) to car traffic and instead use these lanes for public transport, walking, cycling and other forms of EcoMobility during the entire Transport Month in October next year", announced the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Parks Tau. "We want to show residents and visitors that an ecomobile lifestyle is possible and that public transport, walking and cycling can be accessible, safe, attractive and cool!" 

The EcoMobility World Festival 2015 will mobilize and raise local and international support for ecomobile alternatives to fossil-fuel transport. The Festival will showcase the new Rea Vaya bus rapid transport scheme and public transport-, cycling- and walking-friendly infrastructure that the city is constructing in Sandton CBD.

1st EcoMobility World Festival 2013 in Suwon

The first Festival of this kind took place in Suwon, South Korea, in September 2013.

Organized by the City of Suwon and ICLEI, and co-presented by UN-HABITAT, the Festival featured an ecomobile neighborhood, an EcoMobility vehicles exhibition, a test track, the EcoMobility 2013 Suwon congress, several conferences as well as a multitude of cultural events.

The 4,300 residents of the Haenggung-dong neighborhood removed their 1,500 cars from the area and adopted an ecomobile lifestyle for an entire month. 

The City of Suwon counted over 1 million visits of the various places and events.


EcoMobility World Festivals 2016, 2017, 2018 ...

We are planning to organize an EcoMobility World Festival every year in different city on another continent. 

If you are interested in exploring this option for your city, please contact Creative Director Konrad Otto-Zimmermann at ecomobility-festival@theurbanidea.com.