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RETHINKING "VEHICLES FIRST"

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RETHINKING "VEHICLES FIRST"

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Rethinking "Vehicles First": A new discourse on public space

Mobility is a globally trending topic in a post-pandemic world. Cities around the world are addressing new transport models, closing public space (roads) to vehicles and making hard changes to keep people safe.

But in Hong Kong, there's been no such conversation. Private vehicle ownership has grown 4% per year for the last decade, causing congestion, pollution and rampant illegal parking. Against impressive action from mayors around the world, Hong Kong still lacks a coherent sustainable transport policy.

Hong Kong's "Third Wave" means Transit Jam's inaugural annual conference will now move to a remote location, open to all around the world online. We've shortened the event to 2 hours, and focussed on the biggest issue in sustainable transport right now: public space.

A sustainable, safe future for Hong Kong's transport system must tackle the issue of private cars, space and land use. We'll examine alternative modes of transport, based around a people-first planning lens: this event will draw out the reasons "Vehicles First" has been allowed to proliferate, and discuss new approaches to the challenges ahead.

This event is run by Transit Jam and kindly supported by Buro Happold.

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