Dar es Salaam, Tanzania saw a gathering of transport researchers, activists, practitioners and policy-makers for ITDPs 3rd Mobilize event. Representatives from 61 cities across 30 countries spent 3 days together discussing and learning about various aspects of transport and city-making through exchange of ideas and site visits. A variety of innovative sessions that allowed for divergent views dealt with a vast array of topics, including, seeing the city from the perspective of 95cm – the height of an average 3 year old. Urban freight movement, the roles of public sector and market responses, innovation, women’s safety on transport, infrastructure to support walking and cycling as well innovative approaches to city-making were amongst some of the issues discussed.

Rehana, was invited to be part of a panel in a session called “Confessions of a Transport Optimist”.

The session was moderated by Jemilah Magnusson and included confessions from Stacy Thompson – Boston, Yoga Adiwinarto – Jakarta and Claudio Orrego of Chile.

What makes Mobilize great is the site visits and learning that happen through walking a city, riding a bicycle or using the public transport system in a city. There was an opportunity for delegates to experience DART – Dar Es Salaam’s BRT System.

Once again ITDP created the perfect mix of learning, exposure to global perspectives from those working in the field, fun, socialising and taking in a truly amazing city.