New Mobility solutions for your city:
Transforming actions, events, measures, policies, targets, you may want to think about for your city

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  • A first guide to the wide range of tools and measures available to cities which by and large have not been in the traditional toolkit of transport planners and city authorities. While many of these measures have made considerable progress and had substantial impacts in various places around the world, overall they have to be considered grossly under-exploited resources.

    Please note that the following are placed here at this point by way of first quick ideas and leads, to give you a feel for the range and variety of our topic. They are not recommendations (at least not in this formd and at this point); nor are they comprehensive. They are put before you at this point just first food for thought and initial identifying information. About half of the entries listed here link to a source which is intended not to be definitive in any way but rather to give you a bit more background where the measure may be unfamiliar.

    This list is itself a valuable information tool and spur to broader thinking -- and if you can help extend or improve it, get in touch with us with your corrections, suggestions and references. We answer out mail.

    Topics and coverage of future Briefs

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    1. 20/20 city strategies
    2. Active travel directions
    3. Activity nodes/clustering
    4. Alternating odd/even license plates
    5. Award & prize programs
    6. Barriers to change
    7. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
    8. Bicycle university
    9. Bike and Walk Summit
    10. Bike delivery services (from 2001 working project)
    11. Bike/transit interface
    12. Car control strategies
    13. Car Free Days
    14. Car Free Cities
    15. Carfree housing
    16. Car-like mobility (implications)
    17. Car Clubs
    18. Car pool
    19. Carsharing
    20. Change Management
    21. Children's and school programs
    22. Citizen activism and dialogue
    23. City cycle programs (shared use)
    24. Clean vehicles and fuels (how to . . )
    25. Clear Zones
    26. Co-housing
    27. Community Street Audit
    28. Community Transportation
    29. Commuting alternatives
    30. Company mobility management
    31. Congestion charging
    32. Contingency Planning
    33. Critical Mass, bike and skate "masses"
    34. CURBBBB
    35. Cycling access and support
    36. Delivering the goods
    37. Demand-responsive transport (DRT)
    38. Distance work
    39. Downtown revitalization support
    40. Driver training
    41. Dynamic transit systems
    42. e-Work
    43. Economic instruments
    44. Electric or ecological vehicles (??)
    45. Employer transport programs
    46. Ethics vs. rules on the street
    47. Fair Transport Labeling
    48. Free public transport
    49. Freight bicycle
    50. Funding sustainable transport
    51. Goods movement and delivery
    52. Green streets
    53. Health and Fitness
    54. Hitch-hiking (Organised and other)
    55. Home delivery services
    56. Home zones
    57. HOV strategies
    58. Innovations in Integrated Transport and Land-use Planning
    59. Inclusive transport (including for elderly and disabled people and others with mobility limitations)
    60. International institutions (how to use)
    61. International peer support
    62. Land use/New Mobility interfaces
    63. Leading by Example
    64. Land value tax
    65. Lane Diets
    66. Living streets
    67. Local Agenda 21
    68. Locational efficiency
    69. Low car diet
    70. Low-occupancy vehicle (LOV) strategies
    71. The Mayors' Game
    72. Media, film, audio, webcasting
    73. Metros and New Mobility
    74. Mixed-use development
    75. Mobil telephony interface
    76. Mobility center
    77. Mobility management/centers
    78. Mondermans
    79. Motorized two-wheelers
    80. Movement substitutes
    81. Multi-Modal Access Guides
    82. Neighborhood initiatives
    83. Neighborhood streets
    84. New Mobility strategies
    85. New Urbanism: Clustered, Mixed-Use, Multi-Modal Neighborhood Design
    86. Non-motorized transport
    87. Not going there (the options)
    88. Obesity strategies
    89. Obesity/Mobility Summit
    90. Paid Parking
    91. Paratransit
    92. Park + Ride
    93. Parking management
    94. Pedestrian-friendly streets and roads
    95. Pedestrianization
    96. Pico y placa
    97. Play streets
    98. Pots and paint
    99. Private sector initiatives
    100. Propinquity (as policy)
    101. Public participation
    102. Public/private partnerships
    103. Public spaces
    104. Public Awareness and Behavior Change
    105. Public transport should be free
    106. Rail transit (where it fits in)
    107. Reduce traffic controls/signals
    108. Reverse commuting
    109. Ride-sharing
    110. Rickshaws, Pedicabs, and Trishaw Cycles
    111. Road diets (lane narrowing)
    112. Road pricing, tolls
    113. Road safety (radical enforcement)
    114. Scan, select, quantify, target
    115. Segregated cycle facilities
    116. Selling your message to the community
    117. Senior/Non-driver Local Summit
    118. Shared and group taxis
    119. Shared space
    120. Shared transport
    121. Simulations and visual scenarios
    122. Slow zones
    123. Slugging
    124. Smart Congestion Relief
    125. Smart growth
    126. Smart parking strateges
    127. Soft transport measures
    128. South/North transfers
    129. New Mobility "Star" program (NMA strategies for small towns)
    130. "Strategies for the screamers"
    131. Street as a place of work
    132. Street furniture
    133. Street life
    134. Street obstacles
    135. Street people
    136. Street strategies
    137. Street venders and commerce
    138. Suburban solutions
    139. Sustainable mobility strategies
    140. Task Force (local) creation
    141. Telecommuting
    142. Telework
    143. Ten Point Pedalling Action Program
    144. "They are supposed to scream"
    145. Ticketless Public Transport
    146. TOD - Transit-Oriented Development
    147. Tolls
    148. Traffic calming
    149. Traffic restraint (Demand management)
    150. Transit stations and interfaces
    151. Transit strikes
    152. Transportation brokerage
    153. TDM - Transportation Demand Management
    154. Travel information systems
    155. Travelchoice
    156. Travel plans
    157. Unified access and ticketing
    158. University, campus transport strategies
    159. Urban regeneration
    160. Utility cycling
    161. Value capture
    162. Vanpool
    163. Vehicle Buy Back Program ("Trash your car", Old Car Buy Back program, Une voiture de moins, Vehicle scrappage programs)
    164. Video diaries/open blog
    165. Vision Zero (Sweden, road safety)
    166. Walk to school
    167. Walkability audit
    168. Walkability index
    169. Walkable communities
    170. Walking as transport
    171. Web sites to support your New Mobility projects/program
    172. Women, Equity and Transport
    173. Witkar
    174. Woonerfs (Woonerven)
    175. xTransit (The Third Way)
    176. Zero carbon projects
    177. Zero Tolerance

    Please note also: The publication schedule after the first two numbers will be determined by the feedback and counsel we receive from our subscribers, and from the members of our Advisory Council. So please do make you voice heard. Also, we invite you to add to this list, which is intended also to work as a constant reminder of approaches which many mayors, city managers and local leaders need to hear more, and more succinctly, about.

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    Let's look at them again, but this time from a slightly different angle

    Revisiting the measures

    In the hope of rendering this very long list which includes a fair number of topics which may not be immediately familiar to the reader, we have below reorganized the master list into three main categories, which together constitute the main pillars of the New Mobility strategy: (a) Measures aiming to modify the existing road and parking infrastructure to render it more sustainable; (b) measures aimed to increase the supply and quality of means of alternative (to SOVs in traffic) mobility; (c) and a more general list of goals, strategies, tools and events. These are, incidentally, the three pillars of the New Mobility Agenda.

    Rationalize the existing automotive infrastructure

    1. Activity nodes/clustering
    2. Clear Zones
    3. Congestion charging
    4. CURBBBB
    5. Economic instruments
    6. Ethics vs. rules on the street
    7. Home zones
    8. Land use/New Mobility interfaces
    9. Lane diets
    10. Living streets
    11. Mondermans
    12. Park + Ride
    13. Parking management
    14. Pedestrian-friendly streets and roads
    15. Pedestrianization
    16. Play in the streets
    17. Pots and paint
    18. Public spaces
    19. Reduce traffic controls/signals
    20. .Road diets
    21. Road pricing, tolls
    22. Road safety (radical enforcement)
    23. Segregated cycle facilities
    24. Shared space
    25. Slow zones
    26. Smart parking strategies
    27. Street as a place of work
    28. Street furniture
    29. Street life
    30. Street obstacles
    31. Street people
    32. Street strategies
    33. Street venders and commerce
    34. Tolls
    35. Traffic calming
    36. Traffic restraint (Demand management)
    37. Vehicle Buy Back Program ("Trash your car", Old Car Buy Back program, Une voiture de moins)
    38. Woonerfs
    39. Zero Tolerance

    Increase supply of alternative (to SOVs in traffic) mobility

    1. Active travel directions
    2. Bicycle university
    3. Bike/transit interface
    4. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
    5. Car Clubs
    6. Car pool
    7. Carfree housing
    8. Carsharing
    9. Children's and school programs
    10. City cycle programs (shared use)
    11. Clean vehicles and fuels (how to . . )
    12. Community Transportation
    13. Commuting alternatives
    14. Company mobility management
    15. Critical Mass, bike and skate "masses"
    16. Cycling access and support
    17. Delivering the goods
    18. Demand-responsive transport (DRT)
    19. Distance work
    20. Driver training
    21. Dynamic transit systems
    22. Elderly & handicapped transport
    23. Electric or ecological vehicles (??)
    24. Employer transport programs
    25. e-Work
    26. Free public transport
    27. Freight bicycle
    28. Goods movement and delivery
    29. Green streets
    30. Hitch-hiking
    31. Home delivery services
    32. HOV strategies
    33. Low car diet
    34. Low-occupancy vehicle (LOV) strategies
    35. Metros and New Mobility
    36. Mixed-use development
    37. Mobil telephony interface
    38. Mobility center
    39. Mobility management/centers
    40. Motorized two-wheelers
    41. Movement substitutes
    42. Multi-Modal Access Guides
    43. Neighborhood initiatives
    44. Neighborhood streets
    45. Non-motorized transport
    46. Not going there (the options)
    47. Paratransit
    48. Rail transit (where it fits in)
    49. Reverse commuting
    50. Rickshaws, Pedicabs, and Trishaw Cycles
    51. Ride-sharing
    52. Shared transport
    53. Slugging
    54. Soft transport measures
    55. Suburban solutions
    56. Taxis, shared and group taxis
    57. TDM - Transportation Demand Management
    58. Telecommuting
    59. Telework
    60. Ticketless Public Transport
    61. TOD - Transit-Oriented Development
    62. Transit stations and interfaces
    63. Transportation brokerage
    64. Travel information systems
    65. Travel plans
    66. Travelchoice
    67. Unified access and ticketing
    68. University, campus transport strategies
    69. Utility cycling
    70. Vanpool
    71. Walk to school
    72. Walkability audit
    73. Walkability index
    74. Walkable communities
    75. Walking as transport
    76. Witkar
    77. xTransit (The Third Way)

    C. Strategies, Tools, Goals, Events

    1. "Strategies for the screamers"
    2. "They are supposed to scream"
    3. 20/20 city strategies
    4. Award & prize programs
    5. Barriers to change
    6. Bike and Walk Summit
    7. Car control strategies
    8. Car Free Cities
    9. Car Free Days
    10. Car-like mobility (implications)
    11. Change Management
    12. Citizen activism and dialogue
    13. Co-housing
    14. Contingency Planning
    15. Downtown revitalization support
    16. Fair Transport Labeling
    17. Funding sustainable transport
    18. Health and Fitness
    19. International institutions (how to use)
    20. International peer support
    21. Land value tax
    22. Leading by Example
    23. Local Agenda 21
    24. Locational efficiency
    25. Media, film, audio, webcasting
    26. New Mobility "Star" program (NMA strategies for small towns)
    27. New Mobility strategies
    28. New Urbanism: Clustered, Mixed-Use, Multi-Modal Neighborhood Design
    29. Obesity strategies
    30. Obesity/Mobility Summit
    31. Private sector initiatives
    32. Propinquity (as policy)
    33. Public participation
    34. Public transport should be free
    35. Public/private partnerships
    36. Scan, select, quantify, target
    37. Selling your message to the community
    38. Senior/Non-driver Summit
    39. Simulations and visual scenarios
    40. Smart growth
    41. South/North transfers
    42. Sustainable mobility strategies
    43. Task Force (local) creation
    44. The Mayors' Game
    45. Transit strikes (plans, strategies)
    46. Urban regeneration
    47. Value capture
    48. Video diaries/open blog
    49. Vision Zero (Sweden, road safety)
    50. Web sites to support your New Mobility projects/program
    51. Women, Equity and Transport
    52. Zero carbon projects

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    The fog of the internet

    It is not of course that these topics and approaches are altogether unknown. To the contrary, for proof all you have to do is crank up your browser and Google it. But what you get there is not the solution but really just an advanced variant of the problem from your perspective as a mayor or busy planner. An overwhelming plethora of information, often contradictory and of wildly varying quality -- "the fog of the internet."

    How to sort through all this and figure out what is going to make sense for your city> Well, that is precisely the job of the Briefs. Accurate decision information, based on direct contact and knowledge of the best examples and main actors involved in each case. All put at your fingertips in twenty authoritative pages.

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    More on the measures and how this is intended to work

    Here is an in-process listing of some of the considerable range of topics and approaches being targeted for coverage in the Briefs. You will note that most are not at all hermetic; meaning that they often spill over into each other's territories in many ways. But that's precisely what the New Mobility Agenda is all about: creating and maintaining dynamic "portfolios" or bouquets of diverse, multi-level, niche-oriented, high performance, synergetic "less-car" alternatives to getting what you need and in style. Definitely not monoculture.

    Bear in mind, that the term "new mobility" is a strategy that combines both supply and demand management. (The New Mobility Agenda is sometimes called the "other half" or the "1, 2, 3" of Sustainable Transportation.) It also brings up for consideration tools and strategies for the minimization of actual physical movements by any of a number of means, including things as wide ranging as activity clustering, better land use planning, location strategies and zoning, electronic communications to substitute or draw down physical travel, and travel minimization by any of numerous means - and all that against the background of restructuring tax and incentive systems which currently all too often are working in the wrong direction The full list, as suggested below, is a long one. Fortunately for our city and for our planet.

    While a quick visit via Google will in almost all cases turn up references for each of these, references of some sort and in cases very long lists indeed, we have decided to provide here a bit of one-click first orientation for some of the following measures and tools for readers who may not quite recognize a given term. Please note that these first references come from a variety of very different sources, including on-going work under the New Mobility Agenda and that of a number of collaborating groups and colleagues supporting this program, as well as contributions that we, they and others are making to the Wikipedia (which until we all showed up was remarkably incomplete in these areas). In some cases, thinking that at least a first lead, no matter how rough or idiosyncratic, might help in giving at least a first ghost of an idea of what this item is about, we simply took what we could lay our hands on at the moment. That said, please understand that these references are not proposed at this point as definitive but rather as just food for thought: first starting places only intended to help the reader get a first feel for the approach or tool.

    Moreover, we would ask you to bear in mind that the main task of the Briefs is not simply to introduce, describe and update you on the potential and hard realities of those approaches which we consider to be most topical and worthy of your interest -- but more to the point, our main task is to provide you with leads and guidelines for policy and planning from the vantage of the city. This indeed is the key to this project.

    Note: Just because a given measure, tool or target is listed here should not be taken as a recommendation for your city or indeed any other -- and certainly not as an unqualified recommendation. (A couple of these are pretty whacky from a city management perspective, but often behind them as some important considerations of which it pays not to lose sight.) A city, a city's mobility system, is a delicate metabolism, and before starting to mess around with some new and possibly appealing idea, it is essential that both context and the measure be carefully analyzed and adapted in a mature and professional way. The cost of error is far too high to permit hasty or idealistic choices. Thus, don't be fooled: getting a New Mobility Strategy right is real hard work.

    Note - Wikipedia entries: This remarkable new open reference source is, as far as its mobility related entries are concerned, still very much work in process. And we here are working to ensure that in due course it is a comprehensive and accurate source of first-step information and leads for the new mobility concepts which we consider to be vital to the economic health and well being of our cities all over the world. You are cordially invited to join this process, and for the lead on how to get started kindly click here.


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