Urban mobility is one of the toughest challenges that cities face. In India, 1 in 4 urban workers spends over 90 minutes commuting each day. Being able to get around urban areas quickly, conveniently and with little environmental impact is critical particularly in large cities. Existing mobility systems are close to breakdown. Following are few mobility solutions & Initiatives across the world –

Mobility Mixx in Netherlands:

This is a unique platform (software) which helps in increasing the use of public transport in the country. The unique concept about this product is that the employees of companies can use this product through the internet. Be it walking, cycling, etc. and the location of the nearest bus station are shown through this platform. On completion of the journey by the user, the manager of the firm employing the user can get an overview of the daily travel of employees. The user has to just log in and pay for the mixed modes of transportation using their card as identification.. Thus, seamless interchange between services was achieved.

Cairo Vehicle scrapping project:

A unique project backed by the United Nations under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), gained prominence, as Cairo was one of the world’s most polluted cities. According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) data, 26% of suspended particulate matter was from vehicle emissions in the Greater Cairo Region.

Vehicles, as a part of this initiative use cleaner fuels. This project is a highly successful model and has achieved its set goals in a period of two years and is moving forward.

Transmilieno in Bogota, Colombia:

Bogota, , faced common issues faced by urban cities such as longer travel time, congestion and road space taken by private cars. To tackle this issue, the Central government undertook a project named “Bus Rapid Transit” (BRT) system.

The buses ply on Central highways and feeder bus services connect the highways to the internal routes.. Lesser fatalities, better quality of life due to improved housing along these transit routes (beautification) and upward mobility of the people of Bogota was witnessed. This was due to the affordability of these services.

Oslo car-free plan:

The capital city of Norway, Oslo plans to go car-free by the year 2019. This plan would effectively ban cars from the Central area where around 1,000 people live currently and 90,000 are employed. This plan would effectively reduce emissions in the city by 50% in 2020 in comparison to the year 1990.

By 2019, the city council is planning to construct over 60 km of bicycle lanes around the city whilst also subsidising the purchase of electric bikes. This would also effectively result in the increase in the usage of public transport such as buses and trams within the city space and promote a healthier lifestyle.

Cable car system in La Paz, Bolivia:

A cable car system is connecting two cities in Bolivia, La Paz and El Alto, connected by a single highway. The project- “Teleferico La Paz-El Alto” was initiated by the Central government and undertaken by a private firm. The project helped to drastically cut out air pollution and demolishing of houses was eliminated, which effectively reduced physical footprint. The route is approximately 11 kilometres long with three lines in operation and is the longest and highest urban cable-car system in the world.

“Cable car turned to be an innovative transport solution to cut out travel time and pollution effectively”

Leveraging Open Data, London

London has been a pioneer in providing public data, allowing citizens and third party developers to build up applications using the information available. CityMapper, a popular application allows them to travel through the city efficiently using transport data released by the UK government and Greater London Authority’s open data platforms. Over 500 datasets are available on the London Data Store

Bicycle sharing system

Paris Vélib’ is one of the largest public bicycle sharing systems. Users pay a daily or annual fee for using the bicycles. Each Vélib’ station is equipped with an automatic rental terminal, a map of other nearby stations and stands for dozens of bicycles. This has helped reduce the traffic congestion in Paris

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