World’s First Ecomobile City: Suwon, South Korea
One neighborhood, one month, no cars. When it kicks off the world’s first EcoMobility Festival on September 1, the City of Suwon will aim to prove that a truly ecomobile city – one where citizens can move freely, safely and sustainably – can exist.
A major city with over a million residents, Suwon lies about 30 km (19 miles) south of the capital Seoul.
There, on the first day of September, 4,300 residents will exchange their 1,500 petrol-powered cars for ecomobile vehicles, and adopt what festival organizers are calling “the ecomobile lifestyle” for the entire month.
Haenggung-dong, one of the most crowded neighborhoods in Suwon, will be designated as a car-free zone, where various cultural and arts performance will take place. The first vehicles are now arriving in Haenggung-dong in preparation for the festival opening.
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