C40 Cities San Francisco and Buenos Aires were among the four finalists of the 2012 Sustainable Transport Award, granted each year by a committee that includes the most respected organizations working internationally on this issue.

At a ceremony in Washington, D.C. this week, San Francisco took home a top prize for its highly innovative car-parking reform initiatives, while Buenos Aires received honourable mention for opening the country’s first BRT system (Metrobus), as well as its comprehensive investment in cycling. The pair joins C40 Cities Bogota, Paris, New York, London and Seoul as fellow recipients of this esteemed award since its establishment eight years ago.

This year’s winners are noted for showcasing a breadth of interventions that improve the environment and economic competitiveness in cities -- and put citizens first. “These cities are setting the example of working on various fronts - giving people opportunities through high quality transport options,” said Walter Hook, chief executive officer of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.

To find out more, read the full press release from theInstitute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and EMBARQ, as well as earlier C40 News Team coverage on Buenos Aires award-winning BRT and cycling initiatives.