What is EcoMobility?
Our cities are increasing in size in terms of population and size. Our needs for mobility have to be met and at times our actions in transport are trailing our challenges. A way out of such a situation is to muster the exisitng opportunities in out cities. Several of our cities already have the necesary ingredients to propel us out of the situation. The need at the moment is to prioritse these already present factors for success.
EcoMobility is a means to prioritise the above mentioned success factors namely walking, cycling, public transport, wheeling (using any man powered vehicle with wheels) in an integrated fashion such that a synergy is developed.
EcoMobility is travel through integrated, socially inclusive, and environmentally-friendly transport options, including and integrating walking, cycling, wheeling, and passenging. By enabling citizens and organizations to access goods, services, and information in a sustainable manner, EcoMobility supports citizens’ quality of life, increases travel choices, and promotes social cohesion.
EcoMobility is neither a new kind of transportation nor is it a collective word to indicate heterogeneous transport. EcoMobility indicates a new approach to mobility that highlights the importance of public and non-motorized transport and promotes an integrated use of all modes in a city
EcoMobility is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. EcoMobile transport choices have low to no emission compared to the personal automobiles powered by fossil fuels. EcoMobility supports the use of light electric vehicles, provided that the source of the electricity is from renewable energy sources. Incorporating EcoMobility into the development of traffic systems and policies will benefit local governments in attaining international recognition for the city and its leadership.
A variety of transportation modes
In achieving EcoMobility, a variety of transportation options might be employed. Examples include walking (the most natural and sustainable way of moving), but also using the bicycle, tricycle, velomobile, wheelchair, mobility scooter, scooter, skate, push scooter… Many other devices can help citizens in adopting a more EcoMobile behavior, such as walking aids, trailers, hand carts, shopping carts, trolleys, or carrying aids.
Another type of transportation options still to be considered EcoMobile is the use of public transport, here referred to as “passenging”. This includes the use of buses, trams, subways, light rail, trains, ferries, collective taxis or even normal taxis, if low-emission.
Novel approaches that, again, might support EcoMobility are underway. There are a number of very successful car sharing schemes that, by allowing citizens to easily use a car when it is indispensable, actually diminish the need of owning a car and therefore its daily use.
Another area of active development is that of electrical mobility. While “green congestion” is certainly not something desirable, EcoMobility recognizes that small electric cars and electrical powered transporters – power by renewable sources of energy – will have a role to play in a sustainable mobility system.