The “sharing” paradigm is shaking up the global economy scenario. People across the world are daily sharing an increasing number of material objects and immaterial services (from clothes and tools to houses, working spaces and also professional skills). This revolution is affecting all the economic sectors, though at a different pace. No doubt the mobility sector is among the ones facing the greatest and revolutionary changes.
Although sharing options have always been available for transport, first with Public Transport and taxis and more recently with car or bike-sharing and car-pooling services, what is happening in these past few years is a radical change in the way all of us could rethink our mobility habits. Thanks to most advanced communication technologies (internet, social media and ITS) and to their integration, is now easier and immediate to find opportunities to share rides, vehicles (cars and bikes) and also parking spaces. Mobility is starting to be considered as a “unique “service and people across European cities are now looking for the best mobility options (and a combination of them), with a flexible approach un-known before.
So, disruptive changes are coming: how cities can adapt and actively react to these changes in order to exploit all the potential benefits of these changes towards the achievement of a sustainable urban mobility? How transport policies can offer and answer to the needs of people and to their increasing bent to share mobility? Which are the most interesting solutions and good practices have been adopted by cities at the forefront?
Sharing mobility is an hot topic: starting with the past @CIVITAS FORUM 2015 “Sharing the city”, to a number of upcoming events (@ the 3rd European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans on 12nd-13rd April 2016 in Bremen and @ECOMM – European Conference on Mobility Management from 1st to 3rd June 2016 in Athens) the theme has been debated and continues to be debated among transport experts, politicians, professionals and representatives from urban, regional and national levels.
CIVITAS WIKI is now drafting a policy note on this topic with the aim to provide a brief but smart tool for cities offering a comprehensive overview on shared-mobility concepts, applications and practices (both the more consolidated and the innovative ones) to support decision/policy makers and urban mobility professionals in mobility planning.
Scope of this collaborative interaction is then to collect further resources, hints and suggestions, links to practical city experiences and, obviously, opinions and comments on this topic.