UITP publishes Policy Brief on new mobility services and urban space
With urban areas responsible for 70% of global carbon dioxide emissions, it is imperative that local authorities are taking further action on reducing pollution. New mobility services such as bike-sharing, ride-hailing and car-sharing offer the opportunity to reduce private car trips by providing different ways to move around. And yet, they also impact street management, urban infrastructure and land-use.
The release of UITP’s new Policy Brief, New mobility and urban space: How can cities adapt?, aims to understand the impacts of these mobility services on the urban streetscape and how cities can remain inclusive, safe and resilient.
While authorities acknowledge the significance of thriving street life for social and economic welfare, more still needs to be more done to reduce congestion in cities. This means providing real alternatives to individual car use, dedicating space to more efficient modes and building infrastructure to support active mobility.
This Policy Brief weighs up the opportunities and challenges for enabling other new forms of mobility services, offering support on prioritising street space and urban infrastructure. It argues for the importance of understanding cities on a street-level, and provides further support for local authorities on gathering such small-scale information and how to make use of this data. Understanding and analysing the kerb can identify solutions to improve the daily lives of residents.
Read UITP’s official press release here.
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