Urban development and mobility transition

More and more people are living and working in urban areas. Many governments facilitate this by means of spatial infill within existing urban areas. This can be a challenge in terms of mobility, because existing roads are becoming increasingly busy. How do we keep the living environment attractive and accessible? How can we ensure that public space is climate adaptive and can absorb large amounts of rain as well as drought? How can we ensure that vulnerable road users can participate, even when it is busy?


The mobility transition

Urbanisation tasks are a good reason to look at mobility in a different way: the mobility transition. Urbanisation demands that greater priority be given to space-efficient forms of mobility such as walking, cycling and public transport. Choosing one or more of these forms of transport will simultaneously give a strong boost to the quality of life, social inclusiveness (mobility will become more accessible to everyone), and sustainability goals.

Examples include improving the quality and space for playing, relaxing, walking and cycling, or measures that ensure that the car behaves more like a guest, for example in the form of reconstructions to make streets low-traffic. The development of the 'new 30 km/h', high-quality public transport connections, and the application of customised parking standards, combined with mobility hubs and the provision of partial mobility, also contribute to liveability, social inclusiveness and sustainability.

Customisation: from big cities to small cores

At Goudappel we have extensive experience with urbanisation assignments at different scales. We developed mobility strategies for urbanisation in large cities such as the Merwedekanaalzone in Utrecht, the Hamerkwartier and Sluisbuurt in Amsterdam, or the Central Innovation District and Binckhorst in The Hague. But we also do this for medium-sized and smaller centres. Because of this, we understand that customisation is necessary, depending on the type of urban area.

In addition, we are closely involved in drawing up national guidelines for parking standards and garages, based in part on national data on current car ownership. For the national governments, we are working on design principles appropriate to the 'new 30 km/h'. And internally, we are gathering more and more knowledge and expertise on developments such as mobility hubs and 'Mobility as a Service' for urbanisation projects.

Dealing with mobility differently is exciting for everyone. That is why we involve administrators, policymakers and stakeholders in the bigger story. We provide insight into the positive effects in terms of safety, environmental quality, sustainability and the urban economy. The mobility transition is a long-term project, in which we take you along and guide you every step of the way.

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