On The Move – 26.5.21
Issue 11: on the benefits of cycling, cross-border bike-sharing system and "falling" price of electric vehicles
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Recently I’ve been asked whether e-scooters 🛴 or e-bikes 🚲 are good instruments to reduce the car-traffic. My response was, as it is always, very diplomatic. E-scooters or e-bikes are neither bad nor good as it all boils down to their role in the given transport system. However, recent studies 📚 suggest that the popularity and use of electric-powered light vehicles are growing, also among car drivers. As more people will be using them daily, we might expect that urban development will be more centred around an active mode of transport, not cars.
Not only that biking together with walking is good for our health or the environment, but this study also finds out, that investment into the pedestrian and biking infrastructure pays off. The authors 🎓 provide hard evidence of the benefits of investing in walking and cycling infrastructure and educational programmes.
And another one for cycling. In total nine towns from Hungary and Slovakia just launched a cross-border bike-sharing system 🌎
Research & Policy
Are cargo bicycles going to challenge the classic van deliveries in the cities? The French Ministry of Ecological Transition has announced plans 📄to create a subsidy for packages delivered by cargo bike.
The Finish capital Helsinki has announced a plan to be the third most cycling-friendly city. Currently, according to the Coppenhagenize index, the Finish capital is in tenth place. The race to move in the ranking has just begun 🌿
Obviously, it would be nice to see also other cities joining this race. Christian Brand from Oxford University with his team concludes in this research, that the potential for decreasing emissions by choosing a bike over a car is still very high. And especially if we take into consideration not only commuting but also leisure trips, which tend to be on shorter distances. This suggests the direction of further infrastructure development for cycling and walking.
Electromobility & AVs
The idea of a self-driving taxi fleet might sound sexy, but for some time now it is all we are going to have. As Uber and Lyf had stopped investing in its development, the industry appears to be stagnating, rather than going forward. We should rather invest the resources into transport solutions which worked and be sure that the innovation will really improve our lives as a whole, otherwise, it’s useless, as pointed out by Zeina Naizer, Co-Founder of Cities FORUM.
According to a new study made by Transport & Environment, electric vehicles and vans in the light segment will be cheaper to make in 2027 than fossil-fuel vehicles 👇
Daniel’s Pick ☕️
Electric cars are gaining popularity, but there are still doubts about the range. This brings some additional logistic issues to be solved when planning a road trip. Wiebe Wakker drove in EV from Netherland to New-Zeland. It took him a while but he definitely shows that EVs are not only for short daily commutes. you could check his route and discover more about the project here!
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