Motion Digest Network (MDN) is working with local governments and stakeholders to promote car-lite urban mobility in Southeast Asia. MDN focus on making personal mobility or micro mobility such as bicycle, electric scooter, electric bike and other forms of micro-vehicle as an integral part of a city transportation landscape to address the need for first/last mile connectivity to transportation nodes and short distance travel. Mobility as a Service (MaaS) – car sharing, ride sharing, device sharing is redefining the way people travel and commute in urban setting.
Sustainable Urban Living is influencing the way urbanites’ Mobility
The world’s population is increasingly city-based. 53% of the population currently lives in urban areas and by 2050 this number is expected to reach 67%. 64% of all travel kilometers made are within urban environments and the total amount of urban kilometers travelled is expected to triple by 2050.
Therefore if you live in a city, then the way you get around will have evolved in recent memory and will never be the same again. Exponential population growth has meant growing traffic congestion and the rise of mass transportation systems, but the next chapter of change is now here.
Disruptive technology has forced a redefinition of mobility in urban centres. Gone are the days when owning your own mode of transport solves all your urban commuting woes.
We are now on the cusp of a new era of transportation — think autonomous, self-driving cars, eVTOL and the advent of mass-produced (ergo, cheaper) electric vehicles. Ride-sharing and even car-sharing are now the new normal and more disruption such as air-taxis is within sight.
So what will the future of urban mobility look like? The landscape is now much more complex and making sense of how it may evolve going forward, especially how it affects you as a commuter, may seem daunting.
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The world’s population is increasingly city-based. 53% of the population currently lives in urban areas and by 2050 this number is expected to reach 67%. Today, 64% of all travel kilometers made are within urban environments and the total amount of urban kilometers travelled is expected to triple by 2050. Delivering urban mobility to cope with this increasing demand will thus require massive investment in the future.
In addition to the increasing demand for urban mobility, mobility needs are evolving. Changing travel habits, demand for services to increase convenience, speed and predictability, as well as expectations toward individualization and sustainability will require mobility services portfolio extension as well as business model transformation while specialized players from other sectors are assessing opportunities to play a role in the extended mobility eco-system.
To meet the urban mobility challenge, cities need to implement one of the following three strategies dependent on their maturity and the share of sustainable transport in their modal split:
Rethink the System: Cities in mature countries with a high proportion of motorized individual transport need to shape political agendas to fundamentally redesign their mobility systems so that they become more public transport and sustainability oriented. The majority of cities in the index (53 out of 84) belong to this group.
Network the System: For mature cities with a high share of sustainable transport modes, the next step must be to fully integrate the travel value chain to foster seamless, multimodal mobility while ensuring “one face to the customer” and to increase the overall attractiveness of public transport by service extension. This group contains the majority of cities in Western Europe as well as Hong-Kong and Singapore.
Establish Sustainable Core: For cities in emerging countries with partly underdeveloped mobility systems, the aim must be to establish a sustainable mobility core that can satisfy short term demand at a reasonable cost without replicating mistakes from developed countries. With access to emerging transport infrastructure and technologies, these cities have the opportunity to become the testbed and breeding ground for tomorrow’s urban mobility systems.
Establishing sustainable urban mobility policies requires cities to develop a political vision and urban mobility objectives based on strategic alignment between all key public and private stakeholders of the extended mobility ecosystem. This should inform a visionary urban mobility strategy (priorities and investments to achieve mobility objectives), which ensures the right balance between stretch and achievability.
“There is now a real window of opportunity to drive innovation in urban mobility” says Alain Flausch, UITP Secretary General. “The time has come for public transport to step up and to drive innovation in urban mobility. In order to benefit from those opportunities, we will need to open our minds and take a much more holistic view on public transport as authorities and operators will need to work closely with each other, and the new market players, to deliver creative and entrepreneurial mobility solutions guided by a strategic vision of how cities and regions can be planned and organized”.