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Seoul Food for Thought

July 12, 2013

Want to see what a real world city is doing in the way of transportation planning?

The Seoul (Korea) Metropolitan Government announced the Seoul Transportation Vision 2030, a long-term vision for the overall transportation sector. Announcement here.

Seoul will transform into a city where people feel comfortable without their private cars. Pedestrian paths will be expanded to twice the current level. People will be able to use municipality-run bikes everywhere. The concept of complete streets will be adopted.

Reduction of vehicle use by 30%, reduction of public transportation-based commuting time by 30%, and expansion of use of green modes of transportation by 30%.

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I picked out some of the highlights:

  • Expansion of the urban railroad network with the aim of having subway stations located only ten minutes away from anywhere on foot.
  • Invigoration of the concept of complete streets where pedestrians, bikes, and vehicles are all safe.
  • Pedestrian paths will be enlarged to twice the current level (10,130,000㎡). Sejong-ro will be transformed into a pedestrian space.
  • Adopt a Seoul version of Velib (a large-scale public bicycle sharing system in Paris). The bike road network, established mainly along Hangang (River) and streams flowing into the river, will expand to neighborhoods and lead to the public transportation network.
  • Lowering the rate of private cars’ share of transportation requirement from 18.4% to 10%; all public transportation replaced with those emitting no pollutants (current percentage: 0.2%); percentage of congested sections lowered from 19% to 10%.
  • Adoption of congestion charge system for all vehicles.

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That’s who we are competing with, folks.

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