• Tuesday 18 Oct 2016
  • Transport Data in Latin America: Findings of the Urban Mobility Observatory

    Side Events
    Venue: R10
    Lead Organization:
    • Despacio.
    Partner Organization:
    • Development Bank Of Latin America (CAF).

    This event will present the findings of the Urban Mobility Observatory (OMU in Spanish), which the CAF Development Bank of Latin America has developed over the past years in conjunction with local organizations like CTS Mexico, ALATPU, Despacio.org and others. OMU’s aim is to compile mobility indicators from 29 cities in Latin America and the Caribbean for subsequent publication and analysis. The larger goal of the project is to understand regional progress, challenges and opportunities in terms of mobility and provide analytical tools to national and local governments, as well as civil society actors. Transport is a particularly important topic for Latin America, for both climate change and socioeconomic development reasons. The transport sector currently accounts for 16% of all CO2 emissions in the region; this figure could grow with increased urbanization and motorization. To reach the 1.5-degree target agreed upon in Paris at the COP21, cities and countries will need to set ambitious goals for the transport sector, improving and growing sustainable modes like public transit, cycling and walking. In socioeconomic terms, improved transport options can increase social inclusion and road safety, particularly for women, children and the elderly, as well as economic opportunities for marginalized groups. These objectives are particularly linked with Sustainable Development Goals 3.6 and 11.2.  OMU therefore examines a range of issues related to mobility and transportation, including socioeconomic aspects, costs and fares, road safety, energy and emissions, public transit, fleet and infrastructure. The Observatory’s findings will be useful for cities and countries aiming to improve sustainable urban and transport planning, using data to craft better local, metropolitan and national regulations, as well as allocate financial resources accordingly.