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A return to waterborne transportation in response to city congestion

18.11.2019
mobilité fluviale

Shipping, water taxi services and public transportation: waterborne transportation is at the forefront of initiatives to improve mobility in city centers. Starting in the 1970s, waterborne transportation gave way to faster alternatives such as rail and road transport, but today our cities’ rivers and waterways are making a comeback. Waterway transportation has some major advantages.…

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Walking reclaims center stage in cities across the world

01.11.2019

New modes of transportation are transforming public spaces. By redesigning urban landscapes to prioritize walking, cities are putting pedestrians back on center stage. Navigating sidewalks can often be a challenge, what with all the carelessly parked motorbikes, scooters and bicycles and sprawling café terraces. This is especially the case for people with reduced mobility or…

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Mobility platforms: how do they work?

25.10.2019

You can’t talk about mobility without mentioning mobility platforms. For those who have trouble getting around, the platforms – both public and private – are a way of gaining autonomy. Here’s what you need to know. There are currently more than 100 mobility platform teams in France training vulnerable people to find the right transport…

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What will urban delivery look like in the future?

10.10.2019

Our cities are flooded with packages. According to the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), trucks, utility vans and other delivery vehicles take up 30% of street capacity. Their number will only increase, along with the accompanying noise, pollution and traffic. But solutions are popping up just about everywhere to deliver the city from…

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Millennials: liberty, equality, mobility

20.09.2019

Previously a symbol of freedom, cars are no longer filling young people’s dreams. Smartphones have now taken their spot on the podium of desirable objects. Happiness is a mobile phone Generations born after 1980 are less and less attached to cars. While mobility still represents a source of fulfilment and enjoyment, a gateway to employment…

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Polly, the city “parking fairy”

13.09.2019

The Polly app cuts the time needed to find a city-centre parking space in half. Who hasn’t wasted precious time driving around in circles to find a city-centre parking space? No one, apparently, because according to statistics, it only takes between 5 and 20 seconds for a space to be filled. With the Polly app,…

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Travelling further for a more settled lifestyle: the paradox of hypermobility

26.07.2019

Whether for work or play, hypermobility is becoming more and more widespread for people from wealthy countries, who are travelling faster, further, and more often. Paradoxically, though, hypermobility is sometimes the best way to stay close to home. From low-cost flights to high-speed trains and motorways, the development of transport solutions and decreasing prices are…

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Should taxi services be overhauled?

19.07.2019

In early 2019, the strike by Madrid taxi drivers led to an incredible drop in road traffic in the Spanish capital. This phenomenon should prompt stakeholders to rethink mobility models. What if the solution to congested city centres was simply getting rid of taxis? Eliminating them altogether is rather too radical an idea, but updating…

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Solar roadways: the next road revolution?

27.05.2019

Solar roadways are starting to pop up all over the world, promising to optimise the dense road network while offering undeniable advantages in terms of energy and the environment. But all is still far from perfect. In January 2019, China opened the world’s first solar highway, the Jinan Expressway, about 400 kilometres from Beijing. A two-kilometre…

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The urban cable car, a mobility solution on the rise

12.04.2019
urban cable car

Once restricted to ski resorts, cable cars are becoming a feature of the urban landscape. Cleaner, quieter and cheaper than rail or road transport, the aerial tram could be the future of green mobility. Is the answer to urban mobility in the air? Since the mid-2000s, the urban cable car has been making a comeback…

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Switzerland takes up the mobility challenge

29.03.2019

The Swiss authorities are developing a range of mobility solutions to try and handle the sharp increase in traffic expected over the next 20 years due to strong population and economic growth.   From now until 2040, passenger and freight transport are forecast to rise by 25% and 37%, respectively, according to a study by the…

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Transformation under way in the corporate fleet market

22.03.2019

Exit the company car, enter hybrids, electric vehicles, car pooling and car sharing. New mobility challenges are forcing companies to rethink their fleets, and leasing companies are proposing innovative solutions in response to the shifting landscape.   In 2018, corporate fleets in France experienced a mini revolution. While diesel vehicles continued to dominate the corporate…

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Nudging finds fertile ground in the mobility sector

05.03.2019

This behaviour-modifying technique is increasingly used to address mobility issues. Imagine you’re driving down the road when all of a sudden a pedestrian crossing appears hovering in the distance. Instinctively, you slow down. You don’t know it, but those rectangular white stripes are a 3D trompe l’oeil image. This is an example of a nudge.…

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Nantes, a model mobility student

22.02.2019

A pioneer in public transport, Nantes is taking steps to build a city that is less dependent on automobiles. From car sharing to bicycle systems, Nantes has adopted a new urban transport plan aimed at improving mobility. Below is an overview of the city’s transport projects. At a time when all other French cities were…

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How can we relieve rush hour?

08.02.2019

Congestion on roads and public transport at peak times can have serious consequences, from pollution to exorbitant costs for local authorities and stressed out commuters running late for work. Smoothing out rush-hour traffic is more vital than ever. It’s a scene any city-dweller is all too familiar with: traffic jams as far as the eye…

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Mobility as a key to employment

17.01.2019

Nearly a quarter of all French people have had to give up on a job or training course because they were unable to get there. Solving mobility problems has become a priority for helping people back into employment. According to a survey commissioned by the Laboratoire de la Mobilité Inclusive, half of all job­seekers in…

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Kick scooters, bikes and motor scooters: the boom in free-floating urban transport

14.12.2018

In just one year, free-floating vehicles have revolutionised cities and solo transport. Free-floating transport is best described as no-strings-attached driving. It’s a simple concept: users can geolocate the nearest self-service vehicle and start it up via an application on their smartphone. Once they’ve got from A to B, they can park the vehicle wherever they…

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Company location: when access to transport becomes strategic

03.12.2018

Employee mobility is still too often glossed over in companies’ location strategies. But faced with today’s mobility challenges, employer attitudes are beginning to change. From freight transport to delivery cost-cutting, business travel and commutes, mobility is vital for the day-to-day running of companies, which need to be seamlessly connected with their surroundings wherever they operate.…

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Could Tokyo be an intelligent mobility lab?

18.11.2018

With the 2020 Olympic Games approaching, the Japanese capital is drawing on the very latest in mobility technology. Often seen as one of the smartest cities in the world, Tokyo has become a hub of digital innovation and experimentation in recent decades. Intelligent mobility, or optimised, more sustainable means of transport, is undoubtedly its strong…

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Home delivery shifts into high gear

28.09.2018

The e-commerce boom is upending the logistics industry. Businesses are racing to see who can deliver products faster and more conveniently. Improving last mile logistics has become the number one priority for retailers and delivery providers. In the United States, Amazon is experimenting with drone-based delivery, while in Germany the company is testing in-car delivery,…

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Bringing care back to the home to help those with reduced mobility

10.09.2018
mobilite-inversee

Delivering care to those who are homebound helps fight social isolation among vulnerable people. It also contributes to regional economic development. For some people, doing errands, seeing the doctor, filling out an administrative form or simply getting around can be difficult and exhausting. Senior citizens, who in France number 15.6 million according to the INSEE…

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The Rush to Luxembourg: eastern France and the challenges of cross-border mobility

16.07.2018

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg enjoys the highest GDP per capital in the European Union. Its dynamic economy is attracting residents from the neighbouring Grand Est region in eastern France, where the industrial decline has hit hard. In fact, no less than 87,000 French nationals, or 7% of the region’s working population, cross the border…

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Algeria’s grand ambition: Mobility

14.06.2018

The rapid economic transformation of cities across North Africa has led to an increase in urban rail projects. In the capital city of Algiers, metro and tram systems were introduced in 2011. To keep pace with new development challenges, the metro will be extended to include 34 kilometres of track and 34 stations by 2022.…

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Citizens help invent the mobility of the future

31.05.2018

Cities are increasingly soliciting public opinion on how to improve transport systems. The implementation of effective mobility strategies will be an important challenge for cities in the years ahead. The goal is to develop environmentally responsible, time-efficient transport solutions for towns and their inhabitants, particularly in the face of growing population pressure due to the…

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