With urban areas responsible for 70% of global carbon dioxide emissions, it is imperative that local authorities are taking further action on reducing pollution. New mobility services such as bike-sharing, ride-hailing and car-sharing offer the opportunity to reduce private car trips by providing different ways to move around. And yet, they also impact street management, urban infrastructure and land-use.
The release of our new Policy Brief, New mobility and urban space: How can cities adapt?, aims to understand the impacts of these mobility services on the urban streetscape and how cities can remain inclusive, safe and resilient.
While authorities acknowledge the significance of thriving street life for social and economic welfare, more still needs to be more done to reduce congestion in cities. This means providing real alternatives to individual car use, dedicating space to more efficient modes and building infrastructure to support active mobility.
This Policy Brief weighs up the opportunities and challenges for enabling other new forms of mobility services, offering support on prioritising street space and urban infrastructure. It argues for the importance of understanding cities on a street-level, and provides further support for local authorities on gathering such small-scale information and how to make use of this data. Understanding and analysing the kerb can identify solutions to improve the daily lives of residents.
Cities need to decide which services to encourage, how to accommodate them and how to regulate them so that they complement public transport without adding more pressure onto roads.
Yet with the arrival of more and more new mobility services, city authorities are forced into rethinking how mobility is managed and renewing their mobility plans. New mobility services could in fact compete with public transport and quickly increase the number of vehicles on the road. Ignoring new forms of mobility is not an option. City authorities should be evaluating which modes to prioritise for their local needs, ensuring that they can be sustainably integrated into the urban mobility system.
When successfully managed, new mobility services and public transport offer a complete mobility solution and a real alternative to car ownership. This is the mobility system of the future that our cities need.
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