Celebrating the 2022 Sustainable Transport Award Winners, Tartu, Peshawar, and Bogota!

MOBILIZE, ITDP, and the Sustainable Transport Award Committee invite you to join us as we celebrate three cities that are transforming their streets, prioritizing sustainability, and expanding access and mobility for all residents.

Over the past two years of the pandemic, cities have come to terms with a new normal that has changed every facet of life, including residents’ mobility. Despite the challenges, the cities nominated for this year’s sustainable transport award have proven that remarkable things are possible with strong political will, public support and participation, dogged implementation, and great vision.

Our first honorable mention Tartu, Estonia transformed a main boulevard into a car-free public space, turning a month-long pilot into an annual event reclaiming streets for its residents. Peshawar, Pakistan received our second honorable mention for their new gold-standard BRT system that cuts through emissions and travel times, while providing dedicated access for women and passengers with disabilities. Finally, this year’s winner, Bogotá, Colombia, rapidly expanded its cycle network, quadrupling ridership on the city’s main roads—just one of many exciting and innovative projects that put residents first, especially the most vulnerable, earning the city its second sustainable transport award.

Tune in to the ceremony on February 9th, 2022, at 2 PM EST, as representatives from Tartu, Peshawar, and Bogotá receive recognition for their city’s progress and leadership in sustainable transportation. We’ll also feature speakers from our STA Committee members, Chilean Minister of Transport and Telecommunications Gloria Hutt, ITDP Chief Executive Officer Heather Thompson, and more.


About the Speakers

Juliet Adu Ghana Country Manager, Amend

Juliet Adu is an engineering professional with a passion for preserving the lives of road users through her work. She currently works as a Road Safety Engineer and the Ghana Country Manager with Amend, a non-government organization with a focus on preventing road traffic injuries in Africa.

Juliet has fifteen years’ experience working with consulting engineering firms in Ghana as a Traffic Engineer on several road infrastructure development projects in sub-Saharan Africa at planning, design and implementation phases.

Juliet holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and a Master of Business Administration in Project Management, both from Ghana. She is a registered Professional Engineer of the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Patricia Calderón Executive Director at Despacio

Patricia is an architect, Project Manager, experienced in design and construction of public space projects. She is focused on public sector consultancy at local, national and international levels, in institutions such as the Institute of Urban Development of Bogotá, the Ministry of Environment & Housing and the Ministry of Culture (Colombia). She is a project manager for the private sector and an advisor to non-governmental organizations such as ITDP Latin America, the CTS (Now WRI México) and a consultant firm GSD PLUS (Colombia). Likewise, she worked at GIZ as technical advisor on transport and climate change. In the last 2 years, she has been working at Despacio as its Executive Director.

Taimur Khan Jhagra Provincial Minister of Health and Finance Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Mr. Jhagra is a Mechanical Engineer with MBA from London Business School. Mr Jhagra’s key areas of expertise include strategy, change management and large-scale transformations across education, health and economic development.

Mr. Jhagra is a key promoter of green transport and is providing leadership support in expanding the BRT network in Peshawar, he is also actively involved in promoting cycling in Peshawar. Prior to entering politics, he has served on high profile projects in health, education and the energy sector with multi national companies across the world.

Gloria Hutt Minister of Transport and Telecommunications of Chile

Ms. Hutt holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She has completed the International Finance and Business Administration programs at Georgetown University. She has been a Professor for the Master’s in Public Policy program in the School of Economics and Business of the Universidad de Chile.  From 2010 to 2014 she acted as Transportation Undersecretary, where she coordinated the creation of the National Transportation Policy and development master plans for public transportation and national port and rail systems, proposing a long-term vision for Chilean transportation.

Bertrand Goalou Principal Transport Specialist, Asian Development Bank

Bertrand GOALOU is leading the sustainable urban transport and railways activities of the Transport Sector Group in the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department of the Asian Development Bank. He provides advice, expertise and support to Operations Departments and assists in the development of transport sector assistance to align with clients emerging needs and corporate objectives. Bertrand joined ADB in 2010 as project Team Leader and devised sustainable urban transport projects in Central West Asia with a focus on innovative and transformative solutions. He holds a postgraduate degree in urban planning and transport from ParisTech, France and a master degree in civil engineering and urban planning from the National Institute for Applied Sciences (INSA), France.

Jaanus Tamm Project Manager, Tartu City Government, Estonia

Jaanus has worked as a project manager in the Tartu City Government for the last 12 years. Before that, Jaanus had been active in the private transport sector for a long time. Jaanus has lived in an exciting time of change and has been a part of a number of interesting and forward-looking initiatives such as transition to cleaner buses, city wide bike-sharing system, cargo bike rental, Car-free Boulevard and many others. Jaanus’ main work focus has been on mobility as well as public infrastructure systems like street lighting, recycling, waste management, and open spaces. Jaanus’ motto is: if you can’t do it, you can do it!

Felipe Ramírez Secretary of Mobility, City of Bogotá

A 37-year-old citizen of Bogotá, Felipe holds a master’s degree in Civil and Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes. He complemented his academic journey at the London School of Economics and Political Science with a master’s degree in Regional and Urban Planning. 

He has more than 12 years of experience developing projects in the transportation sector in Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Panama and in London.

Among his qualities stands out his extensive knowledge in mobility issues, specifically in Bogotá, thanks to the work he performed at TRANSMILENIO for six years where he began as Management Advisor, then Deputy Technical and Services Manager, and finally, General Manager of the organization for two years.  

His greatest achievements include reengineering of public transportation with the addition of 1,770 new zero and low emission buses, adoption of the new signage of the system and the expansion of stations along trunk routes.


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