After many decades of a single dominant city-shaping transportation pattern (i.e., old mobility) — there is considerable evidence accumulating that we have already entered into a world of new mobility practices that are changing the transportation landscape in many ways. It has to do with sharing, as opposed to outright ownership. An important pattern that is thus far escaping notice at the top.
“On the whole, you find wealth more in use than in ownership.”
– Aristotle. ca. 350 BC
Sharing in the 21st century. Will it shape our cities?
After many decades of a single dominant city-shaping transportation pattern – i.e., for those who could afford it: owning and driving our own cars, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles, getting into taxis by ourselves, riding in streets that are designed for cars and not much else (i.e., old mobility) — there is considerable evidence accumulating that we have already entered into a world of new mobility practices that are changing the transportation landscape in many ways. It has to do with sharing, as opposed to outright ownership. But strange to say, this trend seems to have escaped the attention of the policymakers in many of the places and institutions directly concerned.
However transport sharing is an important trend, one that is already starting to reshape at least parts of some of our cities. It is a movement at the leading edge of our most successful (and often wealthiest and most livable) cities — not just a watered down or second-rate transport option for the poor. With this in view, we are setting out to examine not just the qualities (and limitations) of individual shared mobility modes, but also to put this in the broader context of why people share. And why they do not. And in the process to stretch our minds to consider what is needed to move toward a new environment in which people often share rather than necessarily only doing things on their own when it comes to moving around in our cities worldwide.
Sixteen sharing options you may wish to give some thought to:
2. Carsharing (formal and informal)
4. Ridesharing (carpools, van pools, hitchhiking, slugging – organized and informal).
5. School share (Walking school bus, walk/bike to school)
6. Taxi sharing
7. Shared Parking
8. Truck/van sharing (combined delivery, other)
9. Streetsharing (example: BRT streets shared between buses, cyclists, taxis, emergency vehicles)
10. Activity sharing (streets used by others for other (non-transport) reasons as well.)
11. Public space sharing
12. Workplace sharing (neighborhood telework centers; virtual offices; co-workplace; hoteling)
13. Sharing SVS (small vehicle systems: DRT, shuttles, community buses, etc.)
14. Time sharing
15. Successful integration of public transport within a shared transport city (Including bus and rail)
16. Knowledge-sharing (including via World Streets)
1. Lyon Conference: If you want to learn more about this, consider going to Lyon France for their conference on transport sharing later this month (30 November, in French) – http://newmobilityagenda.blogspot.com/2009/11/transportation-sharing-and-sustainable.html
And while you are there, you can do worse to spend some time to see how they are progressing on the sharing front themselves: bikesharing and carsharing are both in place and doing well. And if you keep your eyes open you will see more.
2. Kaohsiung Conference: Or next September think about coming to Kaohsiung Taiwan for their first International Conference on Sharing Transport – see www.kaohsiung.newmobility.org . Again, a city that is already into bike sharing and looking hard at taxi sharing, among others.
3. You: And tell the world about your events, papers, media, accomplishments, problems and your ideas.
4. Us: And stay tuned to World Streets. We do sharing.
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