Urban Thinkers Solutions: Sharing and Pooling Powerful Approaches for the City We Need

Urban Thinkers Solutions: Sharing and Pooling Powerful Approaches for the City We Need

The World Urban Campaign has been actively engaged in the identification of urban solutions through its community of Urban Thinkers in the last six months before Habitat III.

Today, we are exploring one the promising trends for innovation to implement the New Urban Agenda: Sharing and Pooling.

Sharing and pooling data, bikes, cars, utilities, etc. seems to be the trend in order to cope for decreasing resources and optimize usage of urban infrastructure and space. At the same time, such solutions reinforce social interaction while prompting economic returns.


Last Mile Connectivity Bicycle Share System

proposed by: the European Cyclists Federation

The Hyderabad Bicycling initiative will provide last-mile connectivity to the Hyderabad Metro with bicycles. The project will set up 63 bicycle stations at metro stations in Hyderabad and in total HBC plans to construct nearly 100 bicycle stations at different locations in Hyderabad to provide last-mile connectivity. HBC already operates two bicycle stations with a total of 600 bicycles in partnership with the City Municipal Corporation. The length of the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) currently under construction is 72km – creating a high-density commuter service corridor served by 63 metro stations. It is a Public-Private Partnership and will start operations in 2016. The expected ridership will be 1.7 million passengers per day by 2017 and growing to 2.2 million by 2024. A lot of attention has been placed on multi-modal connectivity and connections with existing train stations, intercity bus stations, mini-bus services connecting nearby suburbs, business establishments and other points of interest have been planned.

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Cities Data Asset

proposed by Engie

The Cities Data Asset aims to create a data exchange mechanism at the city level in order to facilitate the development of services for local authorities, companies and residents. The  concept is quite simple: same data (for instance, energy data, building data) can be useful for several services and stakeholders. Pooling data collection (process and costs) helps urban stakeholders to find, in an easier and cheaper way, the data they need in order to create new services. Beyond, the objective is also to create cross-cutting services for the city: the organization of the data exchange mechanism allows a systemic services and overview of the city. For instance, it’s possible to calculate the impact of a decision about electric vehicles on the air quality of the city (“If I decide to invest $50M in Electric Vehicles, what will be the impact on the air quality in 5 years? on the level of health of the population? on real estate prices?”) The vision is really to offer the city this systemic view, highlighting hidden links between topics and actions, and creating new ones. Decreasing of costs (for everyone), business model and systemic approach are the three axis of the CDA.

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