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Hanoi seeking for a safest and smartest bus shelter model

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15:17 | 25/06/2020

On June 25, Plan International Vietnam Organization joins hands with University of Transport and Communications to launch a contest named “Design Safe- Smart- Friendly bus shelter model” aiming at seeking proper solutions, design ideas to build up safe, smart and friendly bus shelter for commuters, especially for the underprivileged, women and girls. 

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hanoi seeking for a safest and smartest bus shelter model
Overview of the ceremony to launch the contest: Designing safe, smart - friendly bus shelters.

On June 25, Plan International Vietnam Organization joins hands with University of Transport and Communications to launch a contest named “Design Safe- Smart- Friendly bus shelter model” aiming at seeking proper solutions, design ideas to build up safe, smart and friendly bus shelter for commuters, especially for the underprivileged, women and girls.

The idea of the contest was generated from survey results conducted in 80 bus stops, bus shelters in Hanoi showing the quality of those is just on average. Several bus stops and shelters have been degraded, damaged with the shelter space being encroached leading to the inconvenience and unsafety. Otherwise, some of those located in the deserted areas are lacking lighting systems that limits the vision of commuters at night. Besides, the information on route and lane is insufficient, the electronic board of upcoming bus routes is unavailable or not working, etc.

As a result, the contest “Design Safe- Smart- Friendly bus shelter model” is an opportunity for students to propose their solution to alleviate the problem of unsafe use of public transport. It also contributes to changing the stereotype that young people do not take attention or are not eligible to participate in building and managing the city. The solutions proposed in the competition will contribute to improving the quality of public passenger transport services thereby promoting people to use buses instead of personal vehicles.

Teams taking interest in the contest are urged to register online at Contest Organizing Committee's email [email protected] before the deadline of July 10, 2020. The contest features two rounds including the preliminary round, which is slated to take place on July 16 to choose two excellent teams for the Final round; the final round of the contest is scheduled on August 25, where the best model design will be unveiled.

The activity is a part of “Safe and Friendly City for Girls" plan conducted by Plan International Vietnam in collaboration with the Department of Gender Equality - Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, University of Transport and Communications, Hanoi Urban Transport Management and Operation Center, Hanoi Women's Union, Dong Anh District People's Committee, LIGHT - Institute for Development & Community Health.

hanoi seeking for a safest and smartest bus shelter model
The students of the University of Transport's performance

The project has been implemented in Hanoi since 2014 and reached the national level since 2017 targeting to build safe, friendly, and responsible cities for girls and young women. Over six years of implementation, the project has reached 325,000 boys, 325,000 girls, 8,000 public transport staff, and 1,000 state agencies’ officials. It has successfully piloted in districts and bus system in Hanoi. The success of the project in the past period has been recognized by the government and included in the National Program on prevention and response to gender-based violence in the period of 2016-2021.

hanoi seeking for a safest and smartest bus shelter model
Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen Thanh Chuong - Party Committee' Secretary, Vice Rector of the University spoke at the launching ceremony of the contest.

Associate Professor Dr. Nguyen Thanh Chuong - Secretary of the Party Committee, Vice-Rector of the University of Transport and Communications shares: “The organizers expect students from well-known universities specializing on technology in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and many other provinces and cities nationwide take participation in the contest. In particular, foreign students studying in Vietnam, Vietnamese students abroad can also join us in this activity. Hopefully, many of the students' creative ideas from this contest will be put into practice so that people can enjoy smart, friendly, and safe shelters in the near future.”

With 80 years of experience working in 75 nations, Plan International is the largest non-governmental organization working in the field of Girls' Rights. In Vietnam, Plan International has been operating since 1993.

In 2017, Plan International Vietnam improved the lives of over 350,000 children, including 32,185 sponsored children, in 131 communes across 10 provinces. By 2021, Plan International Vietnam aims to improve the lives of 2 million girls from 1,875 ethnic communities in Vietnam so they can learn, lead, decide, and thrive.

The University of Transport and Communications during more than 75 years of operation is proud to be a pioneer in the field of transportation of the country. Public passenger transport in the current situation is considered a trend of sustainable development in big cities like Hanoi.

Therefore, the research and construction of public passenger transport infrastructure in a sustainable way still faces many difficulties and challenges. However, the University depending on its experience has been gradually researching and building towards a safe, smart, friendly, and sustainable public transport system.

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