Between the 9th and 13th of January COWI participated in a series of events and meetings on mobility and planning in Washington D.C.
Firstly, we joined the Transportation Research board (TRB) 96th annual meeting that gathered more than 12,000 transportation professionals from all around the world. At TRB Giulia presented ideas and approaches on improving walkability and public spaces around transport hubs.
Giulia Maci from Urbego Copenhagen Office (COWI innovation partner) represented COWI and Urbego at the event organized by the Embassy of Denmark and World Resource Institute, entitled “Rethinking urban transformation: how can bicycles and public spaces result in better cities?”, sharing some Danish and European examples of integrated mobility systems. The event was preceded by a demonstrative bicycle tour in Washington city center together with e.g. the Danish Ambassador Lars Lose, the Director of Danish Cyclist Federation Klaus Bondam and representatives from cities and districts in USA.
Finally, the small COWI delegation joined the “Transforming Transportation” conference at the World Bank, connecting with relevant partners and donors and exploring possibilities for future cooperations. Adding new infrastructure capacity to relieve congestion is notoriously slow and expensive, considering the land to be acquired, environmental and social impacts to be assessed and permits to be obtained by public authorities. However, these days of different discussions and presentations, showed that innovative ways of making more efficient use of existing infrastructures are already out there, ready to be tested and implemented. Digitalization in the form of big data, can help to make the existing transportation network more efficient and user-friendly.