A new paper defining what is needed to create the “liveable city of the future” has listed its “ten commandments”, of which five relate to transport technology.
Wired Magazine reports that the “Shared Mobility Principles for Liveable Cities” is the work of Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase, along with a group of city and transport organisations which are :heavy on future-gazing talking points”.
It says the word mobility comes up a lot, “For most cities, urban planners, legislators and residents, there is a cacophony of advice,” says Chase and that she wants the shared principles to cut through it all with simple, sensible guidelines.
The new “Ten Commandments” for the liveable city of the future:
- We plan our cities and their mobility together.
- We prioritize people over vehicles.
- We support the shared and efficient use of vehicles, lanes, curbs, and land.
- We engage with stakeholders.
- We promote equity.
- We lead the transition towards a zero-emission future and renewable energy.
- We support fair user fees across all modes.
- We aim for public benefits via open data.
- We work towards integration and seamless connectivity.
- We support that autonomous vehicles in dense urban areas should be operated only in shared fleets.
Wired says the general idea is do all the things that make cities accessible to everyone, no matter how they get around. No more private cars, hogging space on roads and in parking structures, in this utopian vision of a future city.
“So, it’s no surprise that the 15 companies signing up—including Lyft, Uber, Zipcar, and Mobike—all benefit from a decline in private car use,” the report says. “They’re car-, ride-, or bike-sharing companies.”
“We think working together, there’s a chance to unlock enormous amounts of value, and move the shared mobility pot into a bigger share overall,” it quotes Andrew Salzberg, Head of Transportation Policy and Research at Uber.
Susan Shaheen, who studies innovation and adoption of new technologies at UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center, isn’t surprised by the early sign-ups telling Wired, “A lot of these companies were founded around the principle of providing people choices that didn’t exist, and enable people to not have to buy or rely on a car.”