At first glance, everything looks simple. Sharing models are back on the rise. Mobility models where it is not necessary to own a car anymore are gaining continuous popularity. And this is happening simply for the fact that it has never been so easy before to have mobility organized for you. The right mean of transport is or will be only a few clicks away by using your smartphone. So, there is an excellent opportunity to evolve the mobility solutions on a higher level and just copy models to other cities?
“It’s not so easy,” says Claus Breitfuss and raises a question that is being asked to rarely. “This is why, explains, the established transportation systems have developed over time and are individual in every city – driven by each cities structure. So just pulling out some examples, we see that the layout of cities in Europe is much more unstructured than cities in North America – what is driven by the history of the respective region. City centers in Europe usually have narrow streets, hardly accessible for busses.”
Breitfuss believes that the crucial thing about it is, that the urban form has a powerful influence on how people interact, consume and create value within cities. In addition, it will not be possible to have a general solution, which can be easily transferred from city to city.
Therefore, the question that we ask ourselves is: “What has to happen to bridge the gap from private & individual transport to public transport in order to develop mobility solutions that can be transferred?”
“This is a fact,” says Breifuss: “Cities are already searching for new solutions for mobility and need to find ways how to integrate and better align their public transport systems with more individual offers in order to achieve the best possible solutions.” He also points out that a new mobility concept should not pull of people from public transport, it has to be a supplement and so convenient that people leave their car at home. “This requires rethinking the complete mobility concept of a city.”