Urban Thinkers Solutions: Urban Access and Flows shall be optimized

Urban Thinkers Solutions: Urban Access and Flows shall be optimized

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: Optimization of urban access and flows.

Access and flows of vehicles, utilities and data can be greatly optimized for the people to improve the overall quality of life and economic returns at several levels. Such solutions also have tremendous impacts on the use of energy, land and resources, directly addressing environment and climate issues.


Underground pedestrian networks

proposed by Associated Research Centers for the Urban Underground Space (ACUUS)

Indoor pedestrian networks can be used by cities having a subway in order to reduce the ecological footprint of individual transport. Underground pedestrian networks act as transit oriented development in central areas, linking major buildings, subway and train stations with tunnels underneath streets. They provide public and commercial amenities inside connected buildings and help densify the city and reduce car usage. They act as an extension of metro and railway stations and increase their users pool in central areas while promoting the development of economic activities as well as social ones (indoor public places) that will connect to them. Example: Montreal “Underground city”, one of the largest indoor pedestrian networks developed with landowners linking together 62 buildings and ten subway and train stations in the CBD. Unlike most of other CBDs empty after office hours, the Montreal one has streets alive, bustling and more safe thanks to its indoor pedestrian network.

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Mobilize Your City

proposed by CODATU

MobiliseYourCity supports local governments in developing countries to plan sustainable urban mobility for more inclusive, livable and economically efficient cities and reduce GHG emissions. MobiliseYourCity (MYC) is an open international partnership created by the French and German governments that supports national and local governments in developing countries in the planning of sustainable urban mobility to develop more inclusive, livable and economically efficient cities and reduce GHG emissions. By 2020, 100 cities will be engaged in the implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans supported by National Sustainable Mobility Transport Policies. SUMPs together with NUMPs allow the emergence of a sound and integrated pipeline of projects in the cities, making it easier to foresee priority projects and providing a clear roadmap over the next decade. This increases the visibility of the projects over time, thus attracting both private and public investments. It also attracts funding from international development partners and donors (in particular climate finance), speeding up the improvement of urban mobility, reducing congestion, air and noise pollution as well as road casualties.

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Urban Cable Cars : the future of urban mobility above our heads

proposed by Doppelmayer

As cities grow, the competition for the remaining space intensifies. In many cases, it is no longer possible to expand the existing road network. Problems are compounded by a lack of existing transport infrastructure as well as by built-up inner or outer city areas with inadequate links to central transport systems. Cable cars do not depend on mountains. From river crossings to bypassing and reducing traffic congestion, cable systems are committed to helping cities resolve their mobility needs. They have already proven their efficiency and attractiveness as a cost-effective, rapidly installed, innovative part of public transport networks around the world. It as an impressive ecological footprint, is the one of the safest means of transport, produces no noise, no exhaust emissions. It provides a simple link-up with other means of transport. Example of La Paz: has considerably relieved road traffic congestion. A trip which takes an hour or more by car is shortened to 10 to 17 minutes by the cable systems. The fares are set at 3 bolivianos (35 euro cents). The response has been highly positive with 100.000 tickets sold during the first weekend of operation. Since the start of operation more than 1 million passengers are transported each month on each line.

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Predicting and presenting urban pluvial flooding
Proposed by The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC),

A model with optimized predictions of urban pluvial flooding and its consequences by the use of different data sources. By comparing the predictions with real life events, the model is fine-tuned, increasing the ability to predict how rainwater flows to lower areas. The model results are being presented in 3D. The impact of this approach for presenting urban pluvial flooding increases awareness on climate issues, not only for consultants or civil servants, but also for communities and citizens. Those have gained knowledge and understanding for the design and (re)construction of public spaces and new cities. Furthermore, other topics related to climate change are brought under attention, like the urban heat island effect. Combining and weighing measurements is made possible.

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