This event aims to explore the current state of research on active transport (cycling and walking) in developing countries. In the event, the Global Report & Index on Non Motorized Transport developed by the UNEP and the University of Cape Town was launched, presenting key results from the assessment of different NMT policies. Similarly, RuedaLAB described their initiative with exchange of knowledge, tools and support between researchers focused on NMT, in order to encourage better practices among developing countries as well as promoting the development of a permanent platform focused on this exchange. Finally, Ciudad Humana presented the results of a study conducted on five cities in Latin America, which evaluates the state of cycling in each of them and illustrates the reasons for cycling, characterizes the population who cycle and evaluates the problems faced by cyclists in Latin America.
Data is essential to make good decisions in active transport, but that data is lacking in most cases (Ruedalab is an effort to reduce that data gap, as well as the UNEP report and index)
Commitments are not necessarily the same as performance in active transport policy implementation – there actually seems to be little relationship between them
There are many positive examples of improving active transport policies, which are not difficult to replicate in other places.