Contributors

Bronwen Thornton

Bronwen Thornton

CEO of Walk21

Recognised walking expert, trainer and enthusiast, Bronwen Thornton is the Chief Executive Officer of the Walk21 Foundation, which promotes the right to walk and the opportunity to enjoy it internationally. She works with communities and professionals around the world to develop and deliver innovative and practical projects, resources and tools to help cities encourage people to walk more. Interviewed by Pulse, she sees the pandemic as an opportunity to give fresh impetus to the concept of “walkable cities”.

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Carlo Ratti

Carlo Ratti

Director of the MIT SENSEable City Lab

Trained as an engineer and architect, Carlo Ratti teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There he directs the MIT SENSEable City Lab, a research group that studies how digital technology and data are changing the way we describe, design and occupy cities. He shares with Pulse his vision of the ideal city and highlights the opportunities offered by data collection and analysis for making cities more liveable and their mobility systems more efficient. He is also a founding partner of the international innovation and design firm Carlo Ratti Associati, which was set up in Turin, Italy, in 2004 and has since opened an office in New York.

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Carole Martinez

Carole Martinez

French novelist

After starting out as a stage actress, Carole Martinez worked as a journalist, an assistant director, a semiologist and finally a French teacher in Paris. Drawing inspiration from the Spanish legends told by her grandmother, she began writing literature for teenagers and adults in the 2000s. In 2007, her first novel "Le Cœur Cousu (The Threads of the Heart)" was a success: it won 15 literary awards and has been translated into 20 languages. This was followed by "Du Domaine des Murmures (The Castle of Whispers)" in 2011, which won the 2011 Prix Goncourt des Lycéens, selected by high school students. In a short story specially written for Pulse, she follows the movements and thoughts of a passenger in a hurry.

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Charles Bombardier

Charles Bombardier

Engineer and founder of Imaginactive (Canada)

Grandson of Joseph-Armand Bombardier, founder of the eponymous industrial company, Charles Bombardier is no typical engineer. Based in Quebec, his non profit-making association, Imaginative, collaborates with industrial designers from all over the world. Their objective is to imagine together the vehicles of tomorrow. To date, 300 concepts have been studied. The only limits to Charles Bombardier are the limits of his own imagination.

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Christophe Najdovski

Christophe Najdovski

Deputy Mayor of Paris (France), with responsibility for transport, roads, travel and public spaces

An economic and social sciences teacher, Christophe Najdovski was Deputy Mayor of Paris with responsibility for preschool services from 2008 to 2014. Since then, he’s been in charge of transport and public spaces as part of the municipal team led by the Mayor of Paris. In a joint interview with Jeremy Yap, he discusses the issues around micromobility in cities: these new modes are popular, but the authorities need to support their development.

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Dominique Dhumeaux

Dominique Dhumeaux

Vice president of the Association of Rural Mayors of France (AMRF)

Mayor of a French village of 630 people (Fercé-sur-Sarthe, near Le Mans) and a professional firefighter, Dominique Dhumeaux represents the local authorities of towns and villages with populations of less than 3,500 via the Association des Maires Ruraux de France. Two years ago, the Yellow Vests movement underlined that many people in rural areas felt ‘invisible’ and that public policies were failing to recognise how dependent they are on private cars. For Pulse, Dominique Dhumeaux reflects on what has changed since then and describes how rural France is embracing innovative new forms of mobility.

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Emmanuel Couet

Emmanuel Couet

Chairman of Rennes Metropolitan Area (France)

Active in politics since the age of 17, Emmanuel Couet was elected Chairman of the Rennes Metropolitan Area (450,000 inhabitants) in 2014. Since then he has crafted its reach and is convinced that efficient transport systems and the freeing-up of public space can create value for cities. For Pulse he talks to us about his vision of urban mobility and the innovations that have been introduced in his area to reinforce the provision of public transport and reduce the use of private cars.

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Éric Chareyron

Éric Chareyron

Director of the Keoscopie Observatory of Mobility Trends

In 2007, Éric Chareyron launched Keoscopie, an observatory of lifestyles and mobility trends. Through his studies in the field, he has developed an innovative approach that enables local authorities to better understand people’s actual needs and, in turn, develop bespoke mobility strategies. He talks to Pulse about how the mobility solutions offered can leave some people feeling ‘invisible’ and shares his thoughts on ‘silent’ vulnerabilities. An advocate and promoter of inclusive mobility, he believes in the power of listening and empathy to help overcome the risk of exclusion.

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Fouziya Bouzerda

Fouziya Bouzerda

President of Greater Lyon’s public transport authority SYTRAL and second Vice President of the City of Lyon (France)

A professional lawyer, Fouziya Bouzerda was elected as a city councillor in 2008. She served as Deputy Mayor of Lyon in charge of business, trade and economic development since 2014 and second Vice President of the City of Lyon with responsibility for the economy and integration since 2017. In 2017, she was also appointed President of SYTRAL, the public authority that oversees France’s second-largest transport network. She talks to Pulse about the host of projects underway to facilitate mobility in Greater Lyon and the Rhône department.

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Francis Pisani

Francis Pisani

Journalist, writer, teacher and conference speaker

Specialised in information technologies and communications, Francis published in 2015 his latest book “A journey through Smart Cities: Between Datapolis and Participolis”, a world tour of the urban projects and laboratories, giving a good grasp of the future of living in cities. We brought him and Éric Chareyron, CEO of Keoscopie Observatory of Mobility Trends, face to face and asked them about the relationship between citizen engagement and the development of smart cities.

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Jeremy Yap

Jeremy Yap

Deputy Chief Executive of Public Transport, Policy and Planning, Land Transport Authority (LTA) (Singapore)

Jeremy Yap is responsible for public transport at the LTA, part of Singapore’s Ministry of Transport. He also chairs the mobility transport authorities committee at the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) in Brussels. In Singapore and Paris, micromobility is a rapidly growing trend, especially the use of electric scooters. Together with Christophe Najdovski, Jeremy shares with Pulse his vision about these new forms of transport, which are convenient but need regulating.

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Lars Backström

Lars Backström

CEO of Västtrafik AB, Sweden’s second-largest transport authority

Lars Backström aims to double the use of Gothenburg’s public transport by 2025. His secret? He plans to track the people who don’t want to use transport services and convince them to do so. For that he won’t rely on just having good public transport but he’ll focus on improving the experience of it. He showed us his city and shared his views on what public transport could become. Quite an inspiring conversation.

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Mathieu Flonneau

Mathieu Flonneau

Historian of mobility and motoring

Mathieu Flonneau is a lecturer in contemporary history at the Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University. He has widely documented the history of the car as an object of freedom, desire and democratised mobility. Long before the Yellow Vests movement in France, he warned of the social danger of opposing solo driving and responsible mobility, due to people’s reliance on cars in outlying and rural areas. For Pulse, he explains how the challenges of mobility have been exacerbated by Covid-19, including the urgent need to think about the best way to achieve mobility for everyone’s benefit.

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Matthias Finger

Matthias Finger

Researcher and professor at the Ecole Polytechnique of Lausanne (Switzerland)

Specialist in the management of network industries and transport regulation, Matthias Finger is notably a professor at the Ecole Polytechnique of Lausanne. In 2014 he became director of IGLUS (Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems – iglus.org), a training programme supported by Keolis, whose objective is to help cities improve the governance of their infrastructure. He has written an opinion column for Pulse in which he discusses the role of public transport authorities in regard to the challenges they face from the digitalisation of mobility.

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Mohamed Mezghani

Mohamed Mezghani

Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP)

Mohamed Mezghani has more than 30 years of experience in the public transport sector. Prior to his appointment in January 2018 as UITP Secretary General, he worked on a variety of urban mobility projects in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. His fields of expertise include urban mobility policies, innovation in public transport, sustainable mobility and relationships between public transport stakeholders. In an interview with Pulse, he discusses the lessons learnt by the mobility sector from the health crisis and emphasises the importance of the Green Deal in getting the European economy back on its feet.

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Nathalie Ortar

Nathalie Ortar

Anthropologist and ethnologist

Nathalie Ortar is senior researcher in social anthropology at the ENTPE engineering school’s Transport, Urban Planning and Economics Laboratory (LAET) in Lyon, France, where she teaches a course on the sociology of mobility. Her research focuses on the “anthropology of living” and the relationship between family, housing and day-to-day mobility. She also looks at geographic, residential and professional mobility from a more sociological perspective. In this edition of Pulse, she presents her vision of mobility in a post-Covid world and the pandemic’s long-term impacts on the way we live, work and get around.

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NVS Reddy

NVS Reddy

Managing Director of Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited

An expert in project management in the urban road and rail sector, NVS Reddy has held several high-level positions within the Indian government. During his career, he has coordinated the construction of numerous infrastructure assets, including four viaducts in Hyderabad. In this busy city, overrun by cars and motorcycles, NVS has initiated a bold project to create an elevated metro, designed to reduce road traffic and deliver smooth, efficient and sustainable mobility for all. NVS takes Pulse behind the scenes on this megaproject, which is also one of the largest public-private partnership (PPP) metro construction projects in the world.

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Pascale Lapalud

Pascale Lapalud

Urban planner and President of the Genre et Ville think tank

An expert in political science, geo­architecture and urban design, Pascale Lapalud co­founded Genre et Ville in 2012. This French urban innovation platform revisits cities through a multidisciplinary approach, aiming to make them more inclusive. Pascale Lapalud also works as a consultant for 9A+ Explore, a socio­ethnographic research agency. Her main areas of interest include mobility, urbanism and “living together”. She shares her perspective on inequalities in public transport and her vision for a more adapted and inclusive city with Pulse.

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Peter D. Norton

Peter D. Norton

Technology historian

Peter D. Norton is associate professor of history in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia, where his specialities include the evolving nature of urban mobility and infrastructure. He has written a book on the dawn of the motor age in the United States between 1910 and 1930, which he describes as the "first transport revolution". For Pulse, he takes a critical look at the power of technology — and those promoting it — to change social norms and set the new standard. He explains why the current period should be considered a counter-revolution.

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Piia Karjalainen

Piia Karjalainen

Senior Manager, MaaS Alliance (Finland)

After graduating in social sciences, Piia Karjalainen has spent her career in the transport sector. She worked for Finland’s Ministry of Transport, then became a political adviser to the European Parliament. Since 2017, she has led the MaaS Alliance, an international public-private partnership, which promotes the development of MaaS (Mobility as a Service). Piia talks about the exciting prospects ahead with MaaS and the best strategies for delivering them.

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Robin Chase

Robin Chase

Influential mobility entrepreneur

An American entrepreneur in the mobility field, Robin Chase co­founded Zipcar, the world’s largest car­sharing service, in 2000. She also created Buzzcar, a peer­to­peer car­sharing service and Veniam, a vehicleto­vehicle communication network. Robin is also a consultant to the OECD and US Department of Commerce and Transportation. She is recognised as one of the world’s most influential opinion leaders on mobility. For Pulse, she looks back on the introduction of the “Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities”, which boasts more than 170 participating organisations.

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Seleta Reynolds

Seleta Reynolds

General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Seleta Reynolds heads the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and is president of the National Association for City Transportation Officials. In Los Angeles, she has implemented the “Great Streets” plan, aimed at reducing accidents, facilitating bicycle traffic and promoting access to public transport, and this was only a start. She discusses her goal of making Los Angeles a pioneering city in terms of mobility and redefining the role of transport coordinating authorities in her Pulse opinion column.

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Sonia Lavadinho

Sonia Lavadinho

Researcher specialized in urban walking

A geographer by training, with a background in sociology and anthropology, Sonia Lavadinho looks at mobility challenges from a multidisciplinary perspective. Her research with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France) and the University of Geneva (Switzerland) has notably made her an expert in urban walking. In 2012, she founded her own consulting company, Bfluid, which specialises in sustainable urban planning and mobility. She gives us her take on the ability of cities to promote and facilitate active forms of mobility, such as walking and cycling, particularly during a health crisis.

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Xavier Corouge

Xavier Corouge

Managing Director of Europcar Mobility Group’s Urban Mobility Business Unit

A graduate of Grenoble Business School, Xavier is passionate about digital transformation, customer experience and brand engagement. Having gained international experience in the travel and mobility sectors, he joined Europcar Mobility Group, the European leader in vehicle rental services. Since May 2019, he has headed up the Urban Mobility Business Unit, which operates the GoCar, E-Car, Brunel and Scooty mobility offerings, as well as Paris’ new carsharing service Ubeeqo. Xavier talks to Pulse about the future of private cars in our cities, as well as our lifestyles and his vision for a more widely shared and inclusive mobility mix.

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Youenn Dupuis

Youenn Dupuis

Deputy general director France in charge of the Greater Paris region

Since 2017, Youenn Dupuis has headed Keolis’ Greater Paris branch,which operates and maintains mobility services in and around Paris, and supports local government and transport authorities on issues includingthe deployment of alternative energy bus fleets and on-demand services. Four years from the planned opening of the Grand Paris Express, he talks to Pulse about the challenges involved in a 21st-century metro system. A vision informed by Keolis’ expertise as the operator of fully automated metros in London, Hyderabad and Shanghai.

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Yves Crozet

Yves Crozet

Transport economist

Yves Crozet is an emeritus professor at Sciences Po Lyon and a member of the Transport, Urban Planning and Economics Laboratory (LAET) research unit, which he directed from 1997 to 2007. He also contributes regularly to research by the Brussels-based Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), a European think tank, and by the International Transport Forum at the OECD. Pulse invited him to review the impacts of the pandemic on public transport business models and the potential solutions for restoring long-term funding.

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