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The Accessibility Hub serves to document, analyze and test effective practices in urban accessibility worldwide, paying special attention to urban sustainable transport measures, which were successful in improving accessibility for urban dwellers, particularly among the urban poor. The Hub will create evidence based on practical knowledge developed within universities and academics as well as stakeholders and communities for a paradigm shift in urban planning, encouraging mixed-land use and sustainable transport (cycling and transit) use.

Hub Coordinator: Carlos A. Moreno
Host University: Universidad Piloto de Colombia

What: The Urban Accessibility Hub intends to strengthen the cooperation with UN-Habitat, academic institutions and other stakeholders to develop evidence and understanding of urban accessibility issues in cities. The Hub, in collaboration with stakeholders, will act as a center of knowledge transfer. It shall provide tools and strategies for developing sustainable urban transport in an efficient and equitable way, which includes access to basic services and empowerment of vulnerable communities.

Why:There is no doubt that good public transport systems help alleviate traffic-related problems such as congestion, pollution, road hazards, etc. At the same time, issues of inequality and different types of urban vulnerability can be aggravated by the lack or inadequacy of public transport. Therefore, land use and public transport solutions have a multiplying effect on the economic development and the overall better life quality of citizens.

Ensuring adequate public transport, good land planning policies and a limited usage of private car are key elements to achieve sustainable development. These elements can make a city a better place to live, work, relax and shop. Measures applied to improve urban life should also aim at reducing the vulnerability of the least privileged segments of the population.

The Urban Accessibility Hub aims to identify knowledge gaps between the North and South with regard to sustainable urban mobility, but also to identify the benefits of not following failed models of urban development. Indeed, while in the global North many cities have accomplished important aspects of sustainable mobility (promotion of non-motorized transport and public transport); other cities continue to experience urban sprawl, disconnected communities and a system of planning that encourages dominance of private motorized vehicles.

Who: The “Maestría en Gestión Urbana” (Urban Management Masters) of Universidad Piloto de Colombia, will be leading the Hub with an inter-disciplinary and interregional approach, so as to share innovative and best practices of urban accessibility. Since urban accessibility can be addressed from different angles (mobility, social, gender, public health, equity, environmental, among others), it is necessary to ensure an interdisciplinary expertise by sharing knowledge among partner universities from around the globe. The Hub will work closely with UNHabitat’s Research and Capacity Building Branch to promote and coordinate research, policy advice and education in the field of urban accessibility, as well as the Urban Mobility Unit in order to coordinate practical application of research and study outputs.

The Hub will also work closely with different organizations, such as NGO’s, local and national governments, civil society and private sector in order to enrich the exchange of knowledge and also to include them in the promotion of the paradigm shift.

How: By bringing together universities and researchers involved in urban accessibility, as well as international civil society and different stakeholders, the Hub will be the platform for academic, knowledge and practical exchange with regard to urban accessibility.

Hub partners will work on establishing strategies and identifying potential partnerships to strengthen the Hub and recognize needs for research on urban accessibility. Further, the Hub will develop capacity building on urban accessibility through development of academic curriculum, training modules, online courses both to students and teachers, as well as to the public and private sectors. Short courses and publications shall also be a part of the goals of the Hub.

Hub Coordinator: Carlos A. Moreno

Economist graduated from the Externado de Colombia University. Master’s degree in City Planning and Land Use from the Lyon’s Institute of Urbanism -Lumiere Lyon University- in France. I am currently working as a researcher on sustainable mobility and teaching in the Master’s program in Urban Management at Piloto University of Colombia. Worked as Project Director of the Foundation Despacio. Technical adviser for the transport Institute for Transportation and Development Policy -ITDP- 2012-2013. I support the work of ITDP in transportation and urban development for cities in Latin America. Local representative of the Dutch NGO: Interface for Cycling Expertise for promoting the use of bicycle in Bogotá 2007-2010. Researcher in the Externado University of Colombia in the international project “Metropolis of globalization in Latin America” from 2008 to 2009. Consultant of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogota on the diagnosis and recommendations on non-motorized transport in Bogota, 2008. Since 2013 I’ve been teaching the course Management of Urban Projects in the Master of Urban Management, organizer of international events, as well as a speaker at numerous international events. Co-author of two books published by the IDB and parking management GIZ and Bogota 21. I have also published articles concerning urban sustainable mobility and social segregation.

I am currently doing my PhD in the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona in the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) researching about accessibility and daily mobility in poor areas of Bogotá and Soacha and the impact of the massive transport system (Transmilenio) in these communities.

In the Master’s program, we have worked topics of public space, environmental management, education and I am working on the topic of accessibility and segregation in Bogotá, looking mainly the poor neighborhoods sited in the periphery. I have worked in a joint research with the PUCP in Curitiba regarding the perception of cycling amongst university students.