#6 • AUTUMN 2020

EDITO #6

From public transport authorities and operators to industry suppliers and startups, mobility like so many other sectors has seen all its players faced with unprecedented challenges in recent months, compelling us to rethink our established approaches and ways of working […]

A breath of fresh air!

2020 saw estimates of pollution-related deaths revised upward, fears of a resurgence of car use due to the pandemic and the EU reprimanding member states for failing to act more decisively. This year has been marked by an intensification of expectations in terms of air quality. But there are positive signs: numerous cities and even an entire country are pushing ahead with practical measures and making mobility a powerful driver of change.

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Electric retrofit: anything but retro!

Converting a diesel bus to electric drive rather than replacing the entire vehicle is an attractive idea for cities keen to speed up their ecological transition. Around the world, electric retrofit initiatives of diesel bus are taking shape. And while this technology is developing unevenly, it could be a real opportunity to reduce bus fleets’ carbon footprints.

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LAUNCHED BY KEOLIS, PULSE IS AIMED AT ALL DECISIONMAKERS, INFLUENCERS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS IN SHARED MOBILITY. ITS PURPOSE IS TO INFORM THE CONVERSATION AND FOSTER DIALOGUE AROUND THE ISSUES AND TRENDS SHAPING OUR SECTOR. THE MAGAZINE IS AVAILABLE IN PRINT FORMAT, AS AN E-MAGAZINE ON PULSE-MAG.COM AND VIA SOCIAL MEDIA.

Research on the move!

Here are some of the projects led by Carlo Ratti Associati and the MIT SENSEable City Lab.

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Our changing perceptions of space and time

Have attitudes to mobility changed since the outbreak of the pandemic? Will there be a lasting impact on the relationship between home, work and travel? To find out the answers to these questions and more, Pulse spoke to Nathalie Ortar, a senior researcher in social anthropology with the Transport, Urban Planning and Economics Laboratory (LAET).

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Lessons from Shanghai

Last winter, public transport in China’s economic capital was hit by a major crisis that went on to affect cities around the world. Today, as its passengers return and its projects resume, Shanghai Keolis shares the valuable lessons learned during this challenging time.

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Shared mobility rebooted

We’ve seen a radical shift in travel habits in recent months due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown that ensued. Cities around the world have been exploring new avenues in response to stricter hygiene requirements and the need to rebuild passenger confidence. Here’s a look at five inspiring trends that have shaped up.

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“The Green Deal must guide our strategy to get the economy back on its feet”

In light of the Covid crisis, public transport authorities need to develop a new strategy facilitating a modal shift in mobility solutions. According to UITP General Secretary Mohamed Mezghani, this is a prerequisite to the success of Europe’s Green Deal, which aims to achieve carbon neutrality for all EU countries by 2050.

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Transport careers: all change!

E-mobility is expanding its reach. Vehicles are becoming autonomous, while advanced data crunching makes travel easier and safer. In cities, more and more people walk, pedal, share and use multiple transport modes. What impact will this have on job trends in the shared mobility sector?

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5G driving a wave of change?

By speeding download times, reducing latency and giving a big boost to the internet of things, the fifth generation of mobile networking (5G) could radically change the way we travel. As frequency allocation has begun in 50 or more countries, here’s an overview of new possible uses.

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Railway modelling, or the meanderings of the imagination

Counting a million followers around the world, railway modelism is above all a space of freedom and creation. An opportunity to withdrawn from everyday life a few hours a week, or even more, to express a wide variety of interests.

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