Spatial strategies

Based on the car ownership of city dwellers, not only the number of inhabitants in the city is growing, but also the number of vehicles. Do we have to redesign our cities?

How can we ensure that the cities do not become overcrowded and that the residents still enjoy a pleasant stay? Moreover: based on the car ownership of city dwellers, not only the number of inhabitants in the city is growing, but also the number of vehicles. Do we then have to redesign cities? And isn’t this at the expense of the quality of life in the city? Is it still possible to move from A to B in the best possible way?

Urban developments

In 1800, only two percent of the world’s population lived in cities. Cities were dirty because of factories and industry, so people went to live in the ‘clean’ countryside. During urban developments, more and more people have returned to the cities and in 2007 we reached a milestone when for the first time more than half of the world’s population lived in cities.

The phenomenon of more and more people moving to cities, called urbanisation, is now accelerating: one and a half million city dwellers are added every week. It is estimated that 60% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2030.

Accessibility

But how can we ensure that the city does not clog up as a result? Based on the car ownership of city dwellers, not only will the number of inhabitants in the city grow, but so will the number of vehicles. Do we then have to redesign cities? And isn’t this at the expense of the quality of life in the city? Is it still possible to move from A to B in the best possible way?

In addition, it is not only the urban areas that are faced with (future) problems of accessibility. The shrinkage of rural areas means that crucial bus lines are being cut back, which in turn reduces accessibility in these areas.

New mobility systems

In order to prevent future developments from being at the expense of the spatial quality, identity and experience of residential areas, new mobility systems must be developed. With the current technological developments, there is already much that can be done in the area of innovative and efficient mobility. However, few publicly known and well-developed business cases based on an application are lacking in the case of a problem owner.