Alliance cities featured in a shifting mobility publication by Xerox

Xerox has recently published a case study publication that showcases city examples that showcase mobility re-invented urban mobility. These examples show how innovative solutions not only improve urban travel but also quality of life, sustainability, reduce pollution, reduce causalities and increased local economic activity

The publication also provides six ways to improve travel
through choice which include:

  1. Ensuring walkability
  2. Making roads bicycle-friendly
  3. Facilitating multi-modal travel
  4. Demonstrating equitability
  5. Caring about safety
  6. Encouraging continuous

Out of the seven leading cities committed to sustainable mobility three are part of the EcoMobility Alliance: Portland, USA; Bogota, Colombia and Leipzig, Germany.

Portland has shown a good example of multimodal planning to the challenge of suburban sprawl and car-oriented development through conscious planning and policies to encourage walking, cycling, and public transport.

“Our success is nothing to do with Portland’s uniqueness.
The lesson we’ve learned is that if you provide people with
decent and safe places to walk, they will. It’s as simple as that.”
Sam Adams, Mayor of Portland 2009-2012

Bogotá, Colombia is an example in the developing world ensuring sustainable mobility through a program that aims at distributing road ans sidewalk space among all mobility modes. It is also famous for its TransMilenio, the world’s largest bus rapid transit (BRT) system and its efforts with 200 km of cycle paths. All of this has contributed to the reduction of private car traffic and ensure quality of life.

“We’re living an experiment. We might not be able to fix the economy. We might
not be able to make everyone as rich as Americans. But we can design the city
to give people dignity, to make them feel rich. The city can make them happier.”
Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogotá, 1998-2001

Leipzig, Germany has showcased shared economy through innovative bike-share and
car-share schemes which has not only provided safe and green mobility but has also attracted young people into the city.

“At home in Leipzig, I almost exclusively move around by bike.
Two to three times a month I rent a car from Teilauto to go kitesurfing.
For big shopping trips and other logistical challenges I sometimes
also rent a cargo-bike.” Sebastian Schlebusch
Head of International Development, Nextbike

Check out the publication: Sharing the city; How seven cities are re-inventing mobility for everyone