World’s First Ecomobile City: Suwon, South Korea

Ecomobile vehicles escort petrol-powered cars to their month-long parking spaces

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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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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