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Marked with a final digital conference on 25-26 August, where many project partners presented the project results and lessons learnt, it was clear to see that the legacy of the project will live on as stakeholder discussion, support and development around new mobility services is needed now more than ever.
The world of new mobility offers huge potential, from reducing carbon emissions to offering a real alternative to the private individual car. Fueled by the desire to move people and goods in ways that are faster, cheaper and cleaner, has led to a booming industry of providers willing to make that dream a reality. Yet, it could also be a reality in which private companies place profits ahead of passenger needs and congestion increases as people abandon mass public transport. The GECKO research project sought to support regulators and decision makers, who have a critical role to play in ensuring new mobility solutions complement a sustainable city network.
Through evidence-based research, the project partners have discovered drivers and barriers affecting the deployment of business models, technologies and services. By engaging with a range of stakeholders, including authorities and new mobility providers, the project has offered guidance, recommendations and best practices.
The final event, led by the Project Coordinator Yannick Bousse from UITP, shared insights and hosted discussions with various project partners. Topics covered shaping future mobility with business model innovations, regulators and governance frameworks and mobility innovations, and recommendations for policy makers. One of the project’s deliverables, presented by Marisa Meta from FIT Consulting, was the MOBY – Map of regulatory framewOrks for the moBilitY of the future – which maps 228 regulations across the world related to new mobility solutions and scored them based on the city/country’s readiness to implement them and further highlighted barriers and solutions to these regulations.
We have really covered a lot of ground with the GECKO project and the results of all our work have provided cities with many answers they were looking for. Now, they can take these tools and recommendations and adapt them for their own sustainable mobility landscape.
So, what were the key takeaways? This is what our panel of project partners had to say during the event:
After all the discussions during the event, the final question was ,“What happens next?”. Discussions around regulation must continue, cross-sector collaboration must be supported and best practices must be shared. The next steps from GECKO is to see how these cities use these supportive tools, combine them and formulate regulations to meet their strategic goals and objectives.
The research undertaken by the GECKO project partners and stakeholders has resulted in a goldmine of information and supportive materials for decision makers interested in new mobility services. The compliance map, reports and final conference presentations are openly available on the GECKO website.
Want to continue the discussion around new mobility solutions? Join UITP for the Mobility Dialogue event, taking place online on 26 October.