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Accelerating the deployment of new and shared mobility services for the next decade

New and shared mobility services have shown that they have the potential to meet urban dweller’s needs while at the same time bring about a more rational use of cars. However, in order to succeed at delivering ‘’Mobility As a Service’’ and address the challenges that cities face, high-quality, user centric, and reliable new mobility solutions need to be offered as a credible alternative to the private car, coupled with safe and integrated infrastructure.

New solutions should be explored and deployed for newly designed or existing transport infrastructure to accommodate new and shared mobility services. Mobility services that could be considered are, for example: micro mobility, including bike/scoter sharing, demand responsive transport, car-pooling or car sharing.

New and shared mobility services should be proposed in at least 3 living labs/project in integrated, complementary and reinforcing packages of urban mobility and planning measures and new technological solutions, combining “push’’ and “pull” measures.

The services deployed should enable the idea of a social optimum in mobility from several perspectives (including socio-economic, environmental, health, accessibility; gender and inclusion; and safety and security aspects) while considering the implications for transport infrastructure and urban design.

The new services should also be tested beyond the commercially interesting urban cores, providing low and zero emission solutions for car-dependent suburban, peri-urban and rural areas linked to specific needs of diverse target groups such as populations with no access to public transport or affluent communities dependent on the private car.

Projects should test new and shared mobility services in mobility management (such as for companies, schools, attractions). Innovative approaches that respond to the needs of a large variety of users (such as families with children, people living in remote locations, commuters, housing developers) are expected. The role of marketing and communication, and approaches based on the co-creation of solutions should be considered.

Equally eligible would be cooperative approaches with employers willing to enter in a pilot to test a ‘Mobility as a Service’ (MaaS) type of service for their employees or with housing developers that are offering reduced parking spaces to residents and seek to offer smart and shared mobility solutions in return.

The proposals should also explore how the adaptation of transport infrastructure (e.g. bike-lanes or new street designs, profiles and layouts, etc…), promotes the use of shared, micro- and active- mobility, limiting risks and increasing safety while reducing transport congestion.

The results and impacts should be assessed using a wide range of quantitative indicators and compared with the situation before the implementation of the proposed solutions.

Public space redesign actions targeted by the awarded projects should not come at the cost of removing or deterioration of parks, trees or green recreational areas in the selected partner cities.

The potential adverse impacts some NMS may generate for example on high-density urban areas, on safety and security, travel demand, public transport use and traffic volumes, should be considered.

A demonstrated contribution to the implementation of the cities’ Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans is expected. Proposals should collaborate with the CIVITAS initiative. They should demonstrate that the proposed approaches are truly innovative for the local context. Proposals should ensure that an appropriate geographical balance across Europe is achieved through twinning activities and other means to maximise impact without leaving anyone behind, and by demonstrating commitment of cooperation though their planned activities.