Grab and Impact Hub Yangon collaborated to discuss about how we can improve traffic and make our city a more inclusive place through collaboration and innovation! The forum brought together stakeholders from civil society, government and private sector to inspire innovative ideas. The event was open to the public free of charge.
MovingYangon was the first event to share the discussion on urban mobility in Yangon with the general public. The agenda included keynotes from renown speakers, presentations and interactive panel discussions.
Dr. Maung Aung: Secretary, Yangon Region Transport Authority
Daw Moe Moe Lwin: Director, Yangon Heritage Trust
Tint Tint Lwin: CEO, Waterbus Yangon
Mike Pease: General Manager, Capital Automotive Ltd.
Beverley Salmon, Deputy Director, Doh Eain
Alex Wicks: Founder & CEO, Kargo
Ces Rondario: Regional Lead – Asia, Impact Hub
Yangon Region Transport Authority, Yangon Heritage Trust, Waterbus Yangon, Capital Automotive Ltd., Doh Eain, Grab
and Impact Hub Asia
Fireside Panel Urban Mobility Planning
Main discussion points:
• Considerations by planners of Yangon’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) involve a set of interrelated measures designed to satisfy the mobility needs of people and businesses, for today and tomorrow. Several focal areas and possible solutions were discussed including the continuing enhancement of public transport systems to provide safe, secure, accessible, rapid, efficient, and user-friendly transport, and to reduce pollution, congestion, and accidents.
• Solutions included the desperate need for persons with disabilities & those with mobility challenges to gain access to transport systems that can accommodate their special needs and to allow them to take their appropriate places in the community. Some bus drivers were concerned about stopping to pick up disabled persons. Better awareness of the issues and campaigns to encourage members of the travelling community to assist disabled persons to use public transport was suggested.
• Shared taxis and other integrated transport systems between trains and buses could provide some solutions.
• Non-motorized transport solutions together with pedestrian zones and walkways, segregated cycle paths were proposed.
• Enhanced traffic engineering and traffic management systems are needed to optimize traffic flows for the current urban transport infrastructure.
• It was also noted that transportation touches all aspects of city life such as economic development, quality of life, social equity, public health, ecological sustainability and can impact the retention of heritage buildings.
Panel Discussion Mobility Innovation
Main discussion points:
• Using new technology & business models: Collection and usage of data will be key to improve mobility in Yangon. Systems like ERP or smart traffic lights should be implemented in order to improve traffic management. More solutions like the Yangon Waterbus are needed which utilize opportunities represented by the layout and environment of the city.
• Smart city: Integration of smart city solutions for mobility management will be required if Yangon wants to be prepared for future challenges. The European concept of smart city might not be ideal for Asian cities, so it will be important to monitor developments in other cities of the region, as well as to develop approaches that solve the specific challenges of Yangon in the best possible way.
• Integration of transportation methods: Current and future mobility solutions like the bus system, circle train and new highways should be integrated in a way that allows easy transfer between them. Moreover, it is important to consider the integration of existing solutions that are very specific to Yangon and its culture of mobility, such as trishaws.
• Road safety: Cars in Yangon are not safe, contributing to a large number of accidents. Locally produced cars are safer, but still not affordable for the majority of the population. Additionally, it is estimated that as many as 25% of vehicles are not legally registered, and a larger part of vehicles is not registered in the name of the current owner.
• Safety for women on public transportation: Potential solutions like security cameras, which have already been implemented on local buses, or areas separated by gender are solutions that make public transportation safer for women.