Fast, cheap, comfortable, inclusive and sustainable the distinctive features of future mobility identified by academia, business, and research at the eseia Workshop on Urban Mobility.
Future mobility will need to be fast, cheap, comfortable, inclusive and sustainable to serve efficiently the increasing number of EU citizens who are living in urban areas and share the same infrastructures when they commute between home and the workplace. The conclusion was reached at the end of the eseia Workshop on Urban Mobility, held on 6th November in Brussels, Belgium. eseia members agreed on the importance of developing greener and safer environments to improve the daily journey of commuters.
Smart public transport could cut down the commuting time and associated costs by connecting and integrating transport infrastructures with services. For instance, the adoption of sensors in public lightning “could provide valuable information in defining new urban planning schemes and transport pathways”, commented Mircea Segarceanu, Coordinator of the Research Development and Innovation Program for the Brasov Metropolitan Agency. However, cultural aspects of mobility could interfere and prevent progresses. Professor Andrej Gubina of the University of Ljubljana stressed how national policies can encourage inefficient mobility patterns. In Slovenia for instance, the lack of investments in the development of railways resulted into a strong preference for private transport.
Another important aspect of urban mobility was identified by Professors Uwe Trattnig and Roswitha Wiedenhofer of the University of Applied Science FH Joanneum, Austria, in the importance of public health. Both academics highlighted how an inclusive urban mobility system can play a role in improving the public health conditions of the population. Therefore, they supported the adoption of age adaptive models to develop more sustainable mobility planning. Finally, greener urban mobility could be reached if urban areas relied on smart energy at community level and fostering nearly zero energy communities.
The workshop, organized in the framework of the EIT´s call for Knowledge Innovation Communities in Urban Mobility, gathered participants from academia, business and research to define potential innovative ideas for the development of an effective Urban Mobility strategy.
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