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Mobility

The changes taking place around us will radically change our ways of moving around. The car will still be there for many years, but along with other means of travel. We are entering an era of diversity and flexibility.

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Antwerp

Smart ways to Antwerp: a city with an open mind to mobility

The next stop in our World Mobility Tour is Antwerp, a historic city in the north of Belgium, the foremost petrochemical centre of Europe, the second largest port in Europe, and the global diamond trade hub. Our discussion with Koen Kennis, the Deputy Mayor responsible for mobility, tourism, finances, retail and decentralisation enables us to discover the strategy of this city regarding the mobility topic.

Mon 10/05/21
Bike usage

Bike usage

As the global pandemic ground many industries to a halt and lessened the appeal of public transport, bicycles have experienced a renaissance.

Indeed, in 2020, EU bicycle sales grew 23%, and this growth is expected to continue. Europeans are expected to buy an extra 10 million bikes per year by 2030, a 47% increase from the annual number in 2019. To sustain the two-wheel momentum, €1 bn has been invested to create 2,300km of new bike lanes across the EU.

This video explores what these new trends mean for companies and looks at the perspectives of this growing sector.

Thu 18/03/21
Lisbon

Our World Mobility Tour: Lisbon, the 2020 European Green Capital

The next stop in our World Mobility Tour is in Lisbon, the 2020 European Green Capital.

Our discussion with Miguel Gaspar, the Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Mobility and Safety, enables us to discover all the mobility aspects and the strategy of this city regarding the mobility topic.

Tue 02/03/21
Tel Aviv center

Our World Mobility Tour: Tel Aviv, the "start-up" city

During this year, we will discover how municipalities are managing the mobility topic in their cities. What is key for them, what kind of infrastructures are developed and how they support all their changes.

We will start our World Mobility Tour with the city of Tel Aviv, the “start-up city”, which leverages its high-tech ecosystem to support its transformation. Our discussion with Meital Lehavi, the Deputy Major with responsibility for Transportation will enable us to discover all these mobility aspects and the vision of this city regarding the mobility topic.

Wed 13/01/21
Smart cities

Mobility in Smart Cities

What is a Smart City?

You will find different definitions of the concept, various Smart City indexes, and different rankings.
From a mobility perspective, a possible definition could be the following:
Thanks to data, infrastructures, connectivity and new technology, Smart Cities want to improve their residents’ quality of life (safety, security, air quality, health are examples) in a sustainable environment, offering efficient public transports, multi modal mobility and working closely with the private sector. Of course, regulations and policies are implemented in order to accommodate these changes. In France, the city of Lyon wants to exclude diesel car by 2026. In the UK, cities will ban ICE vehicles from 2030 and hybrid from 2035. All these decisions will have an impact on mobility modes in the city centers and city dwellers will have to change their habits.

Mon 07/12/20
science of cities

Towards a new science of cities

Data is a key component of Smart Cities; indeed data help cities to improve air quality, safety, security, sustainability and mobility amongst others.

Does the increasing diversity and volume of data available about urban systems open the possibility of  constructing a quantitative 'science of cities', with the aim of identifying and modelling essential phenomena?

That is the question we asked to Marc Barthelemy Research Director at the Institut de Physique Théorique (CEA-Saclay) and Associate member of the Centre d’Analyse et de Mathématique Sociales (EHESS, Paris), about the Science of Cities.


Fri 30/10/20
Cycling Boost

The cycling boost: a post lockdown trend or a permanent one?

During the crisis, visible positive environmental changes have been highlighted: decrease of greenhouse gas emissions, reduced congestion, and reduction of noise pollution among others.

However, this important crisis has also had an impact on city dwellers’ behaviors and expectations: people clearly expressed their wish for healthier lifestyles, one of them being an interest in active mobility and in particular cycling.
Public actors express this important interest in a more sustainable and greener future too, at different levels: European Commission, Governments and Municipalities.

Governments in the EU and in the UK combine economic stimuli with green policies. Beyond these economic stimuli, it is also a question of infrastructures to ensure dwellers safety.

Discover more in this article.

Wed 16/09/20
The 15 minute city

The 15 minute – city

Today, 58% of the world’s population live in urban areas, a proportion that is forecast to increase to 70 % by 2050. This situation generates a lot of challenges such as air quality concerns, congestion, hours lost in traffic (around 163 hours per driver in Paris in 2019), time that could be  spent doing other activities…. All these concerns are increasingly emphasized after the lockdown period. 
More sustainability, a greener environment in the cities are the strong targets that all urban ecosystem strive for. Public and private actors work together in this direction. In our recent video, we have explained that Mobility as a Service could be one of the solutions.
However, would it be a question of thinking the city not in term of city planning but in term of urban life planning?  That is what the concept of the “15 minute- city” is developing. 

What does it mean?

Mon 07/09/20