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Going Green – Experiencing the Ecomobile Lifestyle

ISBN 978-3-86859-512-3

Ecomobility Services

Ecomobility Services Bicycle and Electric Scooter Rental Residents of Hamasen were encouraged not to use their private vehicles during the festival. There was, therefore, a free rental service of 400 bicycles and 110 electric scooters provided by the municipal authorities of Kaohsiung to residents of Hamasen from 11 September to 31 October 2017. With their ID cards, residents could apply for the short-term free use of the vehicles at the city’s project office in the neighborhood. Roughly 4,200 e-scooter users and 1,000 cyclists were served by this free rental service. Other than this government-offered service, commercial services were available to the residents as well to give them alternative mobility options during the Festival. For instance, the electric scooter sharing service UrDa opened a rental station in Hamasen with ten vehicles available for registered members of the service. More details about UrDa are reported on page 56 in this magazine. E-Bike Sharing Service A public electric bicycle rental scheme i-eBIKE was launched in Hamasen as the Festival began to provide an electric-powered alternative to Kaohsiung’s public bikes. Starting in Hamasen it has been designed as a permanent service that shall be expanded to the rest of the city. Three rental stations were created in Hamasen, serving the metro station, the ferry terminal, and the sunset viewing coastal area. 27 vehicles in total were provided at these stations. The service was introduced through free membership while a user fee will be charged after the end of the trial period. The use of the service is supported by a dedicated smartphone app. “ I usually don’t use scooters; I’m used to taking the metro and buses. During this festival, I tried the electric vehicles and found them comfortable and easy to use. If there were to be more and more charging stations around, I would consider saving up and buying an e-scooter. I hope the municipal authorities can keep providing a free rental service of electric vehicles after the festival. ” Mr. Wen-bin Wang, doctoral student at National Sun Yat-Sen University “ I hope the electric scooter and bicycle rental can remain for good. With reasonable pricing, I believe residents and visitors will adopt electric scooters and bicycles instead of normal scooters. ” Mr. Chien-yi Wang, navy retiree “ I’ve tried the bicycle and scooter rental a few times and I like this free service provided by the city. ” Mr. Ching-di Hou, worker 62

Editorial Authors and editors Bingyu Chiu (co-author) Urban planner, author, and columnist based in Taipei. Master’s degree in Spatial Planning. Worked at urban planning consultancies, City of Taipei, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, and The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). Advocate of sustainable urbanism. Author of We Deserve a Better City, a book published in Taiwan. Email:; LinkedIn: bingyuchiu/ Chinghui Liao (co-editor) Environmental Engineering Ph.D. from National Taiwan University and Master’s in Economics from National Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan. Head of International Affairs at ICLEI Kaohsiung Capacity Center. Previously, researcher on environmental policies at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA, and National Taiwan University. Email:; LinkedIn: chinghui-liao-66a97689/ Konrad Otto-Zimmermann (co-author, co-editor) Creative Director at The Urban Idea in Freiburg, Germany. Master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Public Administration. Thought leader and innovator in the fields of urban sustainability, resilient cities, environmental management, green building, and ecomobility. Worked for the German Federal Environmental Agency, City of Freiburg and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability. Conceived and managed Germany’s first bicyclefriendly cities model project. Coined the concepts and terms “Öffi,” “Umweltverbund,” and “EcoMobility.” As Secretary General of ICLEI, developed idea and concept of EcoMobility Festivals. Supported the festivals in 2013 in Suwon, 2015 in Johannesburg, and 2017 in Kaohsiung with his team. Email:; LinkedIn: in/ottozimmermann/ Contributors Shu-Chuan Chang Deputy Director General, Transportation Bureau, Kaohsiung City Government. Chief supervisor of 150 local cultural events during the festival, including open-air theater and concerts. Email:; LinkedIn: shuchuan-chang-2334a010b/ Chih-Ho Vincent Chen Senior Technical Specialist at Transportation Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government. Specialties: transport planning, intelligent transportation systems. Director of EcoMobility World Festival 2017 Project Office. In charge of communication between the project office and local residents to dispel their skepticism. Email: Ching-Fu Jeff Chen Professor at National Cheng Kung University, Tainan. Internationally renowned expert in urban transportation. Director-General of the Transportation Bureau at Kaohsiung City Government Email:; LinkedIn: www.linkedin. com/in/ching-fu-chen-21113547/ Beatrice Ch’ng Sustainable urban mobility/EcoMobility officer at ICLEI World Secretariat based in Bonn, Germany. Interdisciplinary work and research experience in the Asia Pacific, Europe, and Africa regions especially on sustainable cities. Graduated from the Erasmus Mundus Master’s in Environmental Science, Policy and Management (MESPOM) at Lund University, Sweden; Central European University, Hungary; and University of the Aegean, Greece. Previously, an environmental consultant at Ramboll-ENVIRON. Email: ; LinkedIn: beatricechng/ Min-Lun Shally Hsu Associate Technical Specialist at Transportation Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government for transport planning and traffic engineering. Executive officer at EcoMobility World Festival 2017 Project Office. The first member of the project office. In charge of planning the EcoMobility World Congress 2017 and communication between Kaohsiung and ICLEI. Email: Nai-Wen Casper Hsu Section Chief at Transportation Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government. Specialties: transport planning, traffic engineering. Deputy Director of EcoMobility World Festival 2017 Project Office. In charge of project management, coordination within the city government, division of labor and business collaborations. Email: Tobias Kuttler Urban planner and researcher based in Berlin, Germany with focus on urbanism and urban mobility in the Global South, especially India and South Africa. Research associate at Technical University Berlin and PhD candidate of the mobil.LAB Doctoral Research Group at Technical University of Munich. Studies of Urban Planning, Geography and European Ethnology in Berlin, with study and research visits to the US, Spain, and India. Co-author of “Change the way you move!” about the EcoMobility World Festival 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Email:; LinkedIn: www.linkedin. com/in/tobias-kuttler Monika Zimmermann Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI, based in Bonn, Germany. Master’s degree in Administrative and Political Science. Expert in urban sustainable development. Editor and (co-)author of book series, books, and articles. Set up and led various working fields of ICLEI including EcoMobility, Resilient Cities, Smart Cities and ICLEI’s Capacity Center. Led the ICLEI teams working on Eco- Mobility Festivals and Congresses 2013 (Suwon), 2015 ( Johannesburg) and 2017 (Kaohsiung). Email:; LinkedIn: www.linkedin. com/in/monikazimmermann Theresa Zimmermann Researcher and author on sustainable urban governance based in Berlin, Germany. Research Associate at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Planning. Worked as researcher at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) and as Freelancer for The Urban Idea GmbH. Co-author of “Change the way you move!” documentary on the EcoMobility World Festival 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Email:; LinkedIn: www. 63