SMART SOLUTIONS 3: Sustainable Urban Mobility
Improved mobility for citizens and businesses can make cities could be more attractive and competitive. Meeting Europe’s 20/20 goals, tackling congestion, improving air quality, accessibility and sustainability in most cities will require substantial changes in the transport system and operations, and in the mobility behaviour of people and businesses. Too many vehicles in cities are powered by oil, and alternative fuels are under-used. Public and other transport services, timetables and ticketing, and interchanges are not always well connected. Innovation, a re-think of public-private sectors cooperation and how to engage citizens more directly in new mobility systems and services is essential.
The Lighthouse cities have applied a range of sustainable urban mobility solutions, you can download the booklet of all Mobility solutions here or look at the individual solutions below.
9. Sustainable delivery
The popularity of online shopping has led to more delivery trucks visiting residential areas with resulting increases in emissions, noise levels and traffic hazards. Smarter, integrated deliveries will cut overall traffic and provide better information on delivery times, while the use of cleaner vehicles will help to reduce local pollution levels.
10. Smart traffic management
Congestion in cities is a major source of delay and frustration for commuters and residents alike, as well as increasing pollution levels and damaging air quality. Cologne and Stockholm are using sensors to monitor traffic patterns, providing citizens with real-time information on travel times and public transport alternatives to help cut their commute.
11. Alternative fuel driven vehicles
If we want to overcome our reliance on fossil fuels, a range of alternatives is needed. A key issue with new fuel technologies is the lack of infrastructure to back them up. GrowSmarter invested in charging points and infrastructure to speed up the switch to alternative fuels.
12. Smart mobility solutions
Public transport is great for regular commutes, but what happens when you need to pop to the shops or visit your Aunty Mabel? By testing a combination of bike pools, shuttle services, carsharing schemes and taxi services, our lighthouse cities will work out how to make these personal trips easier without the need to own a car.