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A new post-pandemic pathway for mobility?

Greg Marsden, Jillian Anable, Llinos Brown, Iain Docherty

02/05/2022

Starting in early 2020, the pandemic has had a major impact on how we all live our lives. We have been tracking the changes in behaviour in the UK for those two years. Our findings are both modest but also extraordinary in many respects. Modest, in that it is only some behaviours in some parts of the economy which have really changed. Extraordinary, in that the findings challenge aspects of the foundations which have governed how we think about and plan for mobility.

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CROSSED PERSPECTIVES

Does free transport work?

Philippe Duron, Arnaud Passalacqua

13/04/2022

The idea of making public transport free is gaining ground. By the end of 2021, 36 towns and cities in France had adopted it. Its supporters defend its benefits in terms of equality and modal shift, while its detractors criticise the cost and question the benefits. But what do the results of the experiment tell us? What are the problems that emerge, and what are the solutions? Arnaud Passalacqua, member of the French Observatory of free transport, and Philippe Duron, president of TDIE, debate…

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CONTROVERSIES

The “15-minute city”: the way forward or an ideological mirage?

Carlos Moreno, Pierre Veltz

11/04/2022

Everyone having everything within fifteen minutes of their home: this is the promise of the fifteen-minute city. The idea of a city that is peaceful because of the proximity it allows and ecological because of the reduction in travel that it entails has gained ground, and it is now part of media debates and political programmes. But are its promises really feasible? Is it fair? Is it even desirable? Carlos Moreno, the father of the fifteen-minute city, and Pierre Veltz, who questions its…

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Demobility. Back to the roots

Bruno Marzloff

23/03/2022

Bruno Marzloff can be credited with a certain constancy in his determination to promote demobility and its promises. He is the author of the Demobility page in the GART's Dictionary of Mobility published in November 2021. The exercise is contrary to the values of a progress that endures. The word is often inaudible, even shocking for many. It persists, no doubt for very good reasons. This is also why we wanted to give him the floor.

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Is rationing carbon for travel a fair, efficient and realistic solution?

Christophe Gay, Claire-Marine Javary, Sylvie Landriève

09/11/2021

In the wake of the pandemic, the carbon tax at Europe’s borders is now on the agenda, but the domestic version, aimed at individual travel, is also likely to enter the presidential debate. Experts and economists will not give it up. CO2 emissions from transport keep increasing and no one can see how they can be curbed. But can we discuss the carbon tax again after the Yellow Jacket protests in France that it previously provoked and at a time when energy prices are rising spectacularly, putting…

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Reduce carbon-emitting travel: a factor of social cohesion and ecological necessity

Mobile Lives Forum

19/10/2021

As part of the Mission on the future of the economic model of public transport, commissioned by the Minister of Transport and led by Philippe Duron in 2021, the Mobile Lives Forum presented its analysis of the current mobility system and its three-pronged approach to effectively make transport in France carbon-free: integrating mobility into a global system, developing efficient intermodality, and keeping journeys closer to home.

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The Trinity of walking, cycling and public transport must be at the heart of ecological transition policies

Claude Soulas

28/09/2021

While emissions from the transport sector remain at a very high level, all hopes are currently pinned on the “magic Trinity” of electric cars, shared cars and connected cars, which are soon to become “autonomous.” However, everything suggests that this focus on cars will be insufficient, considering that their rebound effects and various nuisances (consumption of space, transformation of land through infrastructure and car parks, direct and indirect pollution, etc.) are largely underestimated…

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Strasbourg, an example of a cycling city

Frédéric Héran

27/09/2021

Strasbourg is the leading bicycle city in France and a constant source of inspiration for all French cities that want to promote cycling. With a modal share of 11% for the Metropolis and 15% in the city centre, it remains however somewhat below Europe’s leading cycling cities, but still ahead of Bordeaux or Grenoble, two cities which are progressing rapidly. How has the Strasbourg bicycle system developed? And can it serve as a model for other French cities?

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In the post-Covid world, have we forgotten about walking again?

Jean-Marc Offner

05/07/2021

Between lockdowns at home, limited travel perimeters and social distancing, the health crisis has made us think about the different ways we move around. As mainstays of urban proximity, cyclists and pedestrians were once the kings of the road. Year after year, bicycles have become the symbol of ecological aspirations in terms of mobility, benefitting from increasing political support, as seen with the recent “corona lanes” (dedicated bike lanes established in Paris during the Covid-19 pandemic)…

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Twelve discourses of climate delay in the transport sector

Giulio Mattioli

25/01/2021

Perhaps one of the few good news of the 2020s is that climate denial is on its way out. In most of Europe, it has become hard to find public figures or organisations that outright deny the reality of human-made climate change. The bad news is that a more subtle, but no less insidious discourse has taken its place. One where the speaker acknowledges (or pays lip service to) climate change, but then quickly moves on to explaining why we should not do this and that to tackle it. Often, the goal is…

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Mobilities: the French government has to back up its environmental ambitions with the means to achieve them

Mobile Lives Forum, Anne Fuzier, Christophe Gay, Sylvie Landriève

12/01/2021

In the field of transport, the ecological transition is inadequate to meet the challenge set by the targets. An ambitious planning policy must cover all areas related to our travels: work, health, education and land management.

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Travelling less to travel better!

Mobile Lives Forum

02/11/2020

Before the Covid crisis, the more we travelled, the better: mobility was not only supposed to enable daily activities, but also to facilitate access to employment and even success in life. The lockdown undermined this unbridled mobility and now, we’re at a tipping point: after experiencing forced immobility, will we go back to the highly mobile lifestyles we had before the crisis? Can we still say that we have to “move to succeed”?

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