“Cities are often the frontrunners in the implementation of sustainable mobility measures, acting as a driving force for higher climate ambition at national and EU level.” Mark Major, SLoCaT.
- on-demand service, as part of Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
Facing the questions “How to strengthen the connection between rural and urban areas?” and “How to integrate existing public and private transport systems?”, cities representatives discovered the example of Karlsruhe’s Regiomove pilot project: a promising holistic and regional approach of urban-rural mobility. Started in 2017, under the leadership of the Karlsruhe Transport Authority (KVV), the project runs a new mobility platform consisting of an app and mobility hubs connecting public and private mobility providers supported by a team of researchers, municipalities, IT specialists and mobility providers supporting the technological and legal framework of this tool (www.regiomove.de)
- e-scooters booming on the urban mobility market
Many European cities have seen over the past semesters new engines parked on the pedestrian ways: e-scooters provided by shared service companies like Lime, Bird or Spin. These micro mobility providers have adopted different strategies to conquer the European streets going from unilateral decision to proper discussion with local authorities, but a common agreement among all stakeholders was that the multiplication of such providers- like in Madrid where 17 different companies are present- is not a solution and that some regulation should be defined.
A recorded inspiration message provided by Morten Nordskag, Special Adviser on International Climate Cooperation from the City of Oslo, complemented by exchanges in the working groups, supported the discussions on success factors to reduce CO2 emissions, identifying three decisive pillars:
- Appropriate funding: the Oslo package is a long-term funding and investment programme supported by revenues from tolling. The current package (2004-2037) has already contributed to the implementation of several cleaner mobility for example, the renewal of trams or construction of new metro links
- Efficient governance and decisions-making structure: for example in the case of Oslo with a new transport joint-venture since 2008, which enabled a simplification of the ticketing system and zones and therefrom the improvement of quality of public transport for the users
- A flexible target-oriented planning: Oslo has the legal obligation to review the planning every 4 years whilst keeping its target(s)
For the year 2019, Oslo has been awarded the title of European Green Capital, the city will host the EUROCITIES Environment forum in autumn 2019. (For more information on Oslo’s climate strategy and climate budget)
During the interactive session with private companies, which was organized for the first time and unanimously welcome, opinions were confronted on a range of issues such as car-sharing, e-scooters or mobility apps. The discussions covered among others the question of how far (mobile) apps should integrate different services and partners to be efficient, relevant as well as largely adopted by the public. The example of Lyon’s pass trabool was mentioned: this pass developed by the municipality and its partners is a unique mean to access a wide range of services in the area of mobility but also cultural activities or sportive events. (More info: www.trabool.com)
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