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News article8 April 20201 min read

Report on new mobility services published by the Partnership on Urban Mobility

The dawn of new mobility services brings about both opportunities and challenges for European cities. The Urban Agenda for the EU will bring about guidance on how to better integrate last-mile solutions in the ecosystems of European cities.

The Partnership on Urban Mobility (PUM) published a report on the deployment of new urban mobility services to start this conversation, by investigating the regulatory frameworks needed for effective integration of new mobility services in the transport offer of cities and regions.

The Partnership for Urban Mobility is formed by five Member States, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank, two leading European umbrella organisations (EUROCITIES, CEMR) as well as four additional stakeholders (POLIS, UITP, ECF, Walk21). PUM is one of several European Partnerships created to contribute to the fulfilment of the Urban Agenda.

The report took several European cities as cases studies, to analyse the policy tools used by PUM partner cities, regions and national authorities, counting with the active participation of Nijmegen, Bielefeld, Karlsruhe, Ulm and Wallonia Region. The goal was to understand how each city can fulfil its policy goals and assess the integration and governance of new mobility services can contribute to their mobility strategies. A questionnaire focusing covering a wide range of was shared with each participating city.

The responses underwent a process of desk research reaching five main conclusions:

  • Flexibility and trust should be underlying principles of inter-institutional cooperation and governance, with the setup of frameworks accounting for the challenges arising with New Mobility Services;
  • Continuous investment in public transport systems, with the integration of New Mobility Services for the creation of more attractive packages for users;
  • Need for investment in adequate micromobility infrastructure to allow for these services to be implemented smoothly;
  • Analysis of data brought about by new mobility services can inform transport planning;
  • Importance of business models to provide a satisfactory experience, ensuring the success of the new mobility services.

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Article first published first at Intelligent Transport Systems on the 20th of March 2020



Publication date
8 April 2020
  • Policy and research
  • Europe-wide