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Portland shares green approach with Kunming

2014-01-25 11:31 chinadaily.com.cn Web Editor: Li Yan

Planning and design experts from Portland, the United States, are helping Kunming to promote walking and cycling to lower carbon emissions and alleviate traffic congestion.

A contingent from the Oregon city recently made a four-day visit to the capital of Yunnan province.

It was part of the US-China EcoPartnership agreement signed in May 2012.

The pact between the US city and Kunming focuses on bicycling systems, low-carbon development, ecological protection and tourism around Dianchi Lake, as well as transit development in the city.

The partnership originated from the US-China Framework for 10-Year Cooperation on Energy and Environment signed in 2008.

In October, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales met with Kumming Mayor Li Wenrong to discuss such low-carbon measures as trails for bikes and bike-sharing near subway stations. In the most recent meeting, the Portland delegation and project managers and Kunming's top urban planning and design authorities aimed to reach a consensus on the new policy.

Denver Igarta, planner for the Portland Bureau of Transportation, said experts from his city visited a trail for bicycles along the Panlong River and surrounding areas of Dianchi Lake.

"The guiding principles that we borrowed from Europe—safety, comfort, attractiveness, connectedness and directness — mean walking and cycling must be within a short distance, and safety should be ensured," he said.

He called for a complete network for bicycles and pedestrians and urged experiments to find new ways to handle the two groups.

"We'll see how the practices in Portland fit the context of Kunming and modify drivers' behavior a