Making metros more mobile
Singapore tops the latest Urban Mobility Index, ahead of Stockholm, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Hong Kong. Arthur D Little, which compiled the listing, assessed 100 metros based on the maturity, innovativeness and performance of their urban mobility systems… and found that most cities had major potential for improvement.
The consultancy reports a clear trend towards shared mobility that complements conventional public transport, with more cars and bikes being shared in cities, both via peer-to-peer and business-to-consumer models. However, many of those concepts have yet to take off as providers are still testing different business models.
What’s the major barrier here?
“The management of urban mobility operates in an environment that is too fragmented and hostile to innovation,” says ADL. “Our urban management systems do not allow market players to compete and establish business models that bring demand and supply into a natural balance. It is one of the toughest system level challenges facing actors of the mobility ecosystems.”
Cities need to implement one of the following three strategies depending on their maturity and the share of sustainable transport in their split:
Rethink the system: Cities in mature countries with a high proportion of motorised individual transport need to shape political agendas to fundamentally redesign their mobility systems so that they become more orientated towards public transport and sustainability
Network the system: For mature cities with a high share of sustainable transport modes, the next step must be to fully integrate the travel value chain to foster seamless, multimodal mobility
Establish a sustainable core: For cities with partly underdeveloped mobility systems, the aim must be to establish a sustainable mobility core that can satisfy short-term demand at a reasonable cost without replicating mistakes from developed countries