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Unit 1 : your task

Unit 1 : your task

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Since this unit is called 'Introduction', your first task is to introduce yourself and your town or city. Please write a couple of sentences explaining:

  •  Where you are from (basic indicators of your city)
  •  What you do (area of work, type of work)
  •  What extend of knowledge you have in your area of work about city logistics  

Please post your introduction in the news forum under Unit 1: Introduction.

We the moderators (Laetitia and Christophe) will be adding our thoughts and comments to the news forum on a regular basis as well. So in order for you to also know who we are, we will introduce ourselves as well. 

Laetitia and ChristopheLaetitia Dablanc is an urban planner and Christophe Rizet, an economist. We are both Directors of Research from the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Netwo


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Re: Unit 1 : your task

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My name is Ibrahim Hussen Yussufe and I'm from Addis Ababa - Ethiopia. I am currently working at Addis Ababa City Roads Authority /AACRA/, as a Senior Procurement Specialist for the World Bank financed project known as Addis Ababa Urban Transport and Land Use Support Project /AAUTLUSP/. I have BA Degree with Economics and Masters Degree with Urban Management specializing in Urban housing provision and Management. Since I am both Urban management and Economics professional, I am very interested in all urban related issues: city logistics, urban housing, urban infrastructure and urban transport managements. Regarding my country's city logistics and fright transport, there is no any restriction between fright transport and other transportation. Once in the past it was tried to restrict heavy vehicles which serve as fright transportation service not to inter in to inner part of the city i.e. Addis Ababa, especially at pick hours. It was only allowed to use the ring road which was circling the entire city Addis Ababa, while by now due to fast horizontal expansion of the city, the ring road which was out side the major part of the city in the past is now becoming part and parcel of the main city and no more circling the city of Addis Ababa. Moreover, there is one big market in our city called "Merkato" in Amharic language and it is the biggest market not only in Ethiopia but also in Africa. This market area is located at the inner part of the city and all day to day consumable goods including food items and other non consumable goods are used to be delivered there for whole sales and redistributed to sole sales. I think we can easily understand how far this situation creates problem of congestion, air pollution and traffic accident. This shows an importance of the real and proper city logistics management and urban fright transport management, for cities like Addis Ababa. I think this course can bring difference for me and for others who are from the same city like Addis. Thanks! Wish you and me all the best from this short term course.        

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Re: Unit 1 : your task

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Greetings to all participants and to the moderators/teachers too.

My name is Luís Roberto Ramírez, I'm 28 and I'm from Brazil. To be more specific, I nowaday live in Rio de Janeiro, but I do go in regular basis to my hometown, Petrópolis. Petrópolis is a city with almost 300.000 people and is almost a hour from Rio. Both of them have problems with the logistic, and one of the keys to increase the quality of life is transport.
I'm a Civil Engineer. For the last 4 years I've been working with hidroeletric power plants, but I do keep tracking papers and news about public transportation and city logistic. As Rio will host Olympic Games in 2016, this became a major plot and actually some work have been done (expansion of metro line as an exemple). 

My knowledge of the topic is limited, as I said before, because I work in a different part of Engineering. But I do try to keep in touch with this area, reading news about and papers about public transport. 

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Hi from Japan, where I am currently on holidays (that's also why I will not hand in many tasks in the next two weeks smile ) I work for German International Cooperation (GIZ); So far, my tasks in GIZ have included solid waste management, sustainable consumption and production, sustainable transport and climate change mitigation. Currently, I am Project Director for an ASEAN-wide project on air quality management and climate change mitigation, and based in Bangkok/Thailand.  The project works in smaller and medium sized cities in the ASEAN Region. In terms of city logistics, I do not directly come across it in everyday work, however just like passenger transport goods transport contribute to GHG and air pollutant emissions where there are a lot of small and medium sized owner-operators for both local and imported goods. I attend this course because I would like to build my capacity in this topic – my knowledge is rather limited, I only came cross it superficially in the context of my thesis: Designing a transport-NAMA for Chiang Mai.

I am a Business Administrator with majors in Environmental Economics (University of Applied Sciences Mainz/Germany), and I hold an MsC in Environmental Science from University of Hagen/Germany). Looking forward to learning more about city logistics in this course!


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Hello my name is Thales Tito Borges but you can call me Tito, I am a Undergraduate student studying Environmental Engineering at the Federal University of Itajubá, has interest in studies and work on issues related to urban planning, sustainable urban development and urban mobility. In 2014-2015 he conducted undergraduate research project linked to the theme. We want to further their studies in the subject.

I live in Brazil, more specifically in the state of Minas Gerais, in a town called Itajubá, located on top of Mount Mantiqueira, a welcoming city, with great potential to become a city in "human scale," without cars and vehicles motor, however here in Brazil our reality quite differently, mobility plans began to be implemented in 2012 with time limit for completion by 2015, however, here in Itajubá and many municipalities the plan has not even started to be done.

I believe
Itajubá has a huge cycling potential, especially for its relief, walking is also a good alternative, since the city has only 80,000 inhabitants.
I do not have much knowledge about logistics, not only scientific and empirical knowledge, observed daily.


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My name is Dristy Shrestha. I live in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. I am pursuing my bachelors in Environment Studies from Tribhuwan University and recently, I am working for carfree.com which proposes that Carfree Cities can be the most sustainable model in terms of urban development with minimum financial and technical requirements.

I am also been working for a campaign entitled "KtmWalks" which promotes walking and cycling culture in the ancient core Kathmandu which is a medieval city build in pedestrian scale. In community consultation process for the core area vehicle-free campaign, the need of efficient transport system has been highly realized. I expect to know more about experience and planning about similar community engagement programs.

The expectations from this course is to gain the knowledge on the multi modal mobility and be able to propose a transport strategy for the core area of the city and similar outlets in Nepal. 


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Hello! I am João from Lisbon, Portugal. Graduated in Biochemistry and also studied Anthropology.

A few years ago I started to get really interested in Sustainable Transportation and Urban Mobility although never done any professional work on it. This is a subject I wish to develop further so that I can give my contribute in building better cities in Portugal.  

Lisbon is a small city facing huge problems, especially with congestion, traffic speed, parking, pollution and walkability. Even though some progress has been made - 30km/h zones, cycle paths, low-emission zones - there is still many more that can be done.

Due to its narrow and steep streets on the old city centre it is quite a challenge to bring freight trucks and delivery vans to some areas. As a fan of cargo bikes I'd love to know more how they could be implemented in Lisbon.

I am looking forward to learning more about City Logistics as my knowledge on the subject is quite limited.


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Hello,

this is Andrea Rosa, a transport enegineer working in transport planning as an independent consultant (after several years in academia and in consultancy). I have worked in recent years on long distance freight transport and more recently on a project about city logistics. I had the chance to interview several stakeholders carriers, logistics service providers, different kinds of shops and restaurants, civil servants and this gave me the first and precious _real_ insight in city logistics. I understood my previous knowledge was really limited and I discovered a topic that is as fascinating as it is complex. And that is so little known to public authorities...

I live in Torino, Italy, a city of about 900,000 people with a grater metropolitan area that accommodate twice that number of people.

I seem to have limited luck in finding the time for these very interesting courses (I meant to take part into the first wave of city logistics back in Spring but in the end could not) and now I am starting the coursework late but willing to make up for the time lost!