EDITO #4

For some time now, the mobility sector has been profoundly impacted by a new concept: Mobility as a Service, or MaaS for short. It is often touted as revolutionary, although a little humility may be needed when MaaS is put in perspective. There won’t be any Big Bang on the horizon, as long as technology […]

Pontevedra, a pedestrian’s paradise!

Almost all of this Spanish town, home to a population of 83,000, has been made a car-free zone. Pedestrians have reclaimed the streets and quality of life is improving by the day. What lies behind the scheme’s success? Explanations by Miguel Anxo Fernández Lores, mayor of Pontevedra.

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Viewpoints from Pontevedres

In 1999, the Spanish  city of Pontevedra started its transformation to become almost entirely car-free. Today, 72% of trips are done on foot or by bicycle.

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Off to work we go!

Worldwide, the private car is the main form of trans- port for 64% of working people — with all the familiar consequences: congestion, pollution, accidents and stress. As the main decision- makers on how work is organ- ised, companies have a major role to play in changing behaviours and developing shared mobility.

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“In Lyon, we are speeding up innovation in all its forms.”

As the authority in charge of France’s second-largest public transport network, SYTRAL has a particularly complex brief. It spans the whole Rhône department, which includes the dynamic city of Lyon, of course, as well as vast suburban areas, which also pose significant mobility challenges.

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Smart data on the move!

Data, data, everywhere! Big data and the algorithms doing all the intensive data crunching are transforming whole areas of our daily lives — and transport is no exception. At a time when technologies are evolving faster than ever, we look at what could be achieved through cleverer use of information.

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Could nature help us build more efficient transportation?

A train inspired by a kingfisher’s bill? An inter-vehicle communication system which can imitate shoals of fish? What if nature holds the secret to smarter cities using more efficient and sustainable mobility? Scientists, engineers and architects working in the field of biomimicry — literally ‘imitation of the living’ — believe nature can be emulated and harnessed to enhance man-made materials, structures and systems.

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The nudge-ledge

Since the 1970s nudges have developed in the public space and in public transportation, proving that they can generate major behavioural changes with limited costs. But is this philosophy ethical? Interview wih Étienne Bressoud, Managing Director of the BVA Nudge Unit.

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Going underground with TfL

‘This train is now ready to depart, please stand clear of the doors. Mind the closing doors.’ This announcement is made countless times every day on London Underground (LU), commonly known as the Tube, and is familiar to the ears of millions of Londoners and visitors as they make their way across the British capital. But before accessing the trains, the passenger journey typically involves a trip underground by escalator, or lift. Pulse went underground with Public Transport Authority Transport for London (TfL) to find out how this vital equipment is kept safe and efficient.

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Keoscopie International: global mobility insights

From Montreal to Brisbane, Paris to Doha, London to Beijing — all around the globe, people are using public transport, though differently in different places. Private cars are a feature of the landscape, to a greater or lesser extent, as are new forms of mobility like ride sharing, electric bicycles and self‐service scooters. Lifestyles, working habits and smartphone ownership also vary from one country to the next. By analysing all these statistics, Keoscopie International, a global study produced by the Keoscopie observatory, provides insights into mobility worldwide with some surprising findings.

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Boda Boda Style

Boda Boda motorcycle taxis are a common feature of urban transport in East Africa, weaving their passengers through congested city streets. There are so many of them that some drivers build fantastically-themed motorcycles to attract the attention of those seeking a ride. Ugandan-Kenyan fashion designer Bobbin Case and Dutch artist Jan Hoek were so fascinated by the creativity of some Boda Boda drivers in Nairobi, that they decided to collaborate on a project, ‘Boda Boda Madness’, which saw them design dazzling new outfits to match customized bikes in the Kenyan capital.

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EDITO #3

To have a pioneering spirit is akin to cultivating your capacity for wonder. And thus, by questioning preconceived ideas, being open to their ecosystem and being part of the daily life of their regions, the men and women of Keolis have an insightful perspective on the world and today’s major mobility issues. This pioneering spirit […]

Carried by the crowd

At major occasions like sporting or cultural events, a whole city suddenly bustles with a huge number of visitors that it needs to host.The city’s routine is shaken up: urban logistics and transport coordination have to be readjusted accordingly. So how do the city’s stakeholders rise to such challenges?

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Intelligence artificielle : comment réinventer la mobilité partagée ?

Artificial Intelligence : making shared mobility smarter

Booming computing power, big data and deep-learning technologies facilitate so much the development of Artificial Intelligence that we can expect to see a vastly different transportation landscape. The transformation will include driverless buses routinely shuttling people safely to their destinations and smart, sustainable vehicles performing tasks such as ploughing snow, collecting garbage or delivering food and mail. Here are a few of the ways in which AI will enrich our daily commuting lives.

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À la recherche du temps perdu

In search of lost time

In many Western societies, the notion of time has become an important tool for policy-making. The creation of time offices in Europe has helped cities to unlock real social benefits for their citizens.

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« Les bureaux des temps favorisent l’égalité entre les citoyens. »

“Time offices promote equality among citizens.”

Despite everything that has been done recently in terms of transit, like introducing more fast trains and building more highways, people haven’t really saved time. Instead, areas have simply become more accessible.

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Quelques initiatives en faveur de la sécurité des femmes dans le monde

Actions to address women’s safety from across the world

From Mexico to spain ans passing by Australia, discover ou selection of initiatives that help make public transport safer for women.

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« Historiquement, les villes ont été conçues par et pour les hommes. »

“Historically, cities have been designed by and for men.”

Pascale Lapalud is co-founder of Genre et Ville, a French urban innovation lab created in 2012 that takes a multi-disciplinary approach to rethinking how to make cities more inclusive and equal. Involving architects, artists, urban planners, philosophers and sociologists, Genre et Ville has provided gender urban planning expertise to a range of cities and public transportation companies, both nationally and internationally.

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La grande histoire du titre de transport

A short history of the travel ticket

Travel tickets have taken all forms and shapes over the years. From simple pieces of paper to high-tech devices, it has been quite a journey. Come on board for a quick tour !

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Shared mobility: “We know this is our future”

Robin Chase, the influential co-founder of Zipcar, believes that cities face catastrophe if they don’t rethink their approach to transport. So she has unified NGOs and private sector companies behind a set of Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities. She tells us how she did this and what comes next.

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Cybermenaces : pour que les transports contre-attaquent

Making sure cyberthreats don’t derail public transport

One weekend in November 2016, riders of San Francisco’s Muni light rail transit system got an early holiday treat. Following a ransomware attack on the computerised fare system, the Muni, which also runs buses and the city’s famed cable cars, decided to turn off the payment machines and open the gates, allowing Metro passengers to ride for free. It lasted two days, while the authorities sought to figure out who had hacked the computer system, reportedly demanding 100 Bitcoin. Muni decided not to pay up, and by Monday they had managed to get the system back to normal. While the cybercrime disrupted Muni’s computer operations, it could have been worse. And that left experts wondering how transit authorities would respond to a much more severe attack from cyberterrorists intent on causing real damage.

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Lindsey Mancini

Cybersecurity : 3 questions to Lindsey Mancini

Lindsey Macini is a UITP (International Association of Public Transport) Senior Manager of IT and security whose responsabilities include managing all the activities related to IT in public transport and cyber security.

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The quiet rise of water transport

Waterfront cities around the world are increasingly embracing ferry transport as a means of combatting crowding, especially during rush hour. In almost every case, ridership has surpassed official predictions, causing transport authorities to wonder: are ferries ready to go mainstream?

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Par les routes de campagne

Going the country mile

Living in the country can be bliss, but for those inhabiting remote, sparsely populated areas, getting around can prove a real hassle. We look at the complex challenges of rural mobility, as well as the creative, bespoke transport solutions emerging to render residents’ journeys less taxing.

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EDITO #2

The world is undergoing great change. Shared mobility is changing too and will play an increasingly decisive role in our lives.Until now, the objective of those involved in mobility could be simply defined as creating solutions to resolve an issue to deal with the number of passengers being carried. Today the time has come to […]

Mobilité urbaine : pourquoi les villes doivent prendre l’initiative face au digital

Digital urban mobility: what role for the transport authorities?

Digitalisation affects all human and industrial activities world wide. Digitalisation consists of three closely linked dimensions, namely data generation and storage (from more and more sources and in bigger and bigger quantities), data exchange (bigger volumes, increasingly in real time) and data analysis (bigger amounts of data, thanks to more and more sophisticated algorithms).

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Rennes, l’innovation sur toutes les lignes

Rennes, innovation across all lines

Rennes tops the league of the best French cities to live and work in. For sure, being close to the sea, the air quality and the cultural choices on offer, are some of the reasons. But the economic strength and the share of population that use public transport are also part of the ranking criteria. Having said that, if you think about it, isn’t there a link between these two points ?

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Changing the paradigm of mobility

The drawing-up of our new urban travel plan, which will come into play in 2019, was the occasion to create new mobility solutions. On top of our usual relexion on transport modes, we wanted to add a service angle, integrating infrastructure and stimulating mobility in the region.

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Millennials et mobilité : je bouge donc je suis ?

Why are US Millennials switching modes?

The Millennials, those born between 1982 and 2003, have a different approach to mobility than previous generations. They make greater use of public transit as part of a multi‑modal lifestyle. A survey by the American Public Transportation Association sought to understand their mindset.

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Les robots à la rescousse !

Robots to the rescue!

Recent progress in artificial intelligence (AI) has paved the way for robotics to begin reshaping the transport sector. Today, robots are able to carry out an increasing number of routine and menial tasks. Here are five areas where robots are set to make a real difference.

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Sur le vif

Captured live

Public transport routes are like water channels criss‑crossing cities, irrigating their different districts. Each line tells, in its own way, the chapter of a bigger story. Inspirational stuff for artists and photographers in particular, always on the look out to get a unique shot. Situations, faces and moods brought together by urban transport. Realist, dream‑like, funny and sometimes moving… discover in the following pages the many facets of New York, London and Singapore. Three cities revealed by their transport systems.

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How can we make transport accessible to everyone?

Visible or invisible disabilities, impairments, health problems, illiteracy… we are not all equal when it comes to mobility. Here, we take a look at some initiatives which make mobility more inclusive, in response to four major human vulnerabilities researched in the context of the Keoscopie Observatory of habits and lifestyles.

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“Mobility, you have to learn it!”

Florence Gilbert, Managing Director of Wimoov and Chairwoman of the Inclusive Mobility Laboratory.

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La gratuité des transports est le choix du court terme

Free transport is often the short‑cut or short-term option

Germany recently made the headlines when it announced its intention to introduce free public transport in five major cities. Yves Crozet reacts with firm conviction to the project which he believes is often linked to electoral promises. In his opinion, if free transport remains an isolated measure without restrictive policies on the use of private cars, it has no impact.

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La puissance de l'électromobilité

The power of electromobility

Electric buses hold the potential to spark a modal shift away from personal automobiles in cities and towns across the globe, lending them great promise in reshaping mass transit in our increasingly urbanised world.

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Clean air pioneer

A leader in sustainable mobility, California’s Foothill Transit has set a goal to convert its entire 360‑bus fleet to electric by 2030. We discuss with Deputy Executive Director, Kevin Parks McDonald about Foothill’s operations and ambition.

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Idées folles, idées fortes

Crazy ideas, genius ideas

An engineer, born in Quebec in 1974, Charles Bombardier is the grandson of the inventor of the snowmobile. His love of innovation and motorised engines were the driving force behind the creation of Imaginactive in 2013, a platform that promotes innovation and industrial creation.

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Un retour aux origines de la création

A blissful return to the simplicity of creation

As Melbourne Festival is putting final touches to its 2018 program – to be announced late July –, we sat with its Artistic Director, Jonathan Holloway, to find out more about the Melbourne Art Trams project.

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EDITO #1

In today’s fast changing world, people expect transport to be more personalised, digitised and kinder to the environment. Mobility must rise to these and other challenges, while continuing to provide high-quality services every day. This is what we strive to do. We see these challenges as a tremendous opportunity to develop bold, innovative approaches that […]

Un monde nouveau

A world of change

If we know one thing about the future of mobility it is that we can expect to see enormous changes in the coming decade. Roads that generate solar power, flying taxis, 1,000 km/h travel over land and robot railway staff are among the innovations on the horizon.

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L’engagement citoyen, prérequis à la ville intelligente ?

Citizen engagement: a key enabler of smart cities?

What’s the role of citizens in the development of smart cities? It’s a crucial question, so we asked two experts to shed some light. Francis Pisani is a journalist, lecturer and conference speaker specialising in urban innovation. Éric Chareyron is CEO of Keoscopie Observatory of Mobility Trends.

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LE TÉLÉPHÉRIQUE URBAIN TRANSPORT DE HAUTE VOLÉE

Take off – a bigger role for cable cars in urban transport?

When you think about the different ways that people get around cities, cable cars are not the first thing that come to mind. We associate them with skiing holidays and mountain resorts, but a growing number of cities around the world are also harnessing their potential.

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End of the line for paper tickets
Four ways to innovate

For travellers, having to queue at a ticket office or machine is inconvenient and annoying. However, it could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the latest advances in smart ticketing technology. Here’s a rundown of the pros and cons of four solutions offering viable alternatives.

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Senior mobility solutions come of age

With population ageing, the mobility of older citizens is an increasing challenge for society as a whole. We take a look at the issues and some of the long-term solutions available for improving senior mobility.

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Paving the way for autonomous mobility

While self-driving cars may be getting all the attention, driverless shuttles are on the cusp of reshaping urban transport. Indeed, they are one of the first modes of autonomous mobility to become operational, with tests having started in several cities in 2016 and the first fleets expected to be deployed by 2021.

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A car? Yes, but it’s shared!

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Riding into the future

Lars Backström is a man with a mission. He has no shortage of words when telling Pulse about the ambitious goals he has set for Västtrafik, the public transport authority he heads in southwestern Sweden’s Västra Götaland county.

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Une aire nouvelle pour les parkings

New spots opening up for parking

It wasn’t so long ago that underground garages were seen as dark, dirty and dangerous places, a sinister setting favoured by Hollywood filmmakers. Gloomy and dimly lit, they were a place in which to park your car and leave quickly. The image of parking facilities has improved markedly over the past decades, with safer, better illuminated lots and garages that are more welcoming for consumers. In recent years, the pace of changed has accelerated, with the industry undergoing a veritable reinvention in response to an array of global forces.

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La grande épopée de la petite reine

A brief history of our two-wheeled companions

Bicycles have been around for some 200 years. Since their invention, they have certainly evolved! So let’s back-pedal and take a look at the key stages in the history of bikes.

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