In 2018 we started the mobility study for the conurbation of Bethlehem together with our partner CDG Community Development Group. Mairie de Paris & Agence Française de Développement funded the project. The final result is an integral mobility plan for Bethlehem conurbation for the next 10 years, the first of its kind in the area. It sets the scene for changes and interventions that are needed in order to make Bethlehem conurbation an accessible, liveable and attractive place for all its inhabitants, commuters and visitors from all over the world.
Palestine Territories, Bethlehem conurbation
Bethlehem Municipality and Mairie de Paris & Agence Française de Développement
CDG Community Development Group
The different aspects of Bethlehem conurbation’s transport planning were analysed in an interdisciplinary manner, and current and future trends were studied related to road networks, car use, parking, public transport, non-motorised transport, city logistics and tourism. This resulted is a shortlist of 39 projects to be implemented during the timeline of the project, between 2020 and 2030.
The 39 projects were discussed with stakeholders during several sessions with the client representative from Bethlehem Municipality and several important actors from Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, Beit Jala, Al Doha and Al Khader municipalities, MoLG and Traffic Police.
Co-creation, participation and an interactive dialogue between all stakeholders have guided the whole planning process, therefore the public acceptance and legitimacy of this plan were ensured. There was also a project steering committee that included representatives of the administration at different levels (national, regional and local) and decision makers, which was consulted on an ongoing basis. This cooperation contributed significantly to the high quality of the study.
This final report does not conclude the work that needs to be done, in fact it represents the first step of a long and exciting process in which Bethlehem conurbation has embarked. Mobility planning in Bethlehem conurbation is and will be a work in progress and a dynamic process. The measures must be concretised and verified. In this way, the plan and the projects will be continually updated so as to be able to react to future developments.