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Modelling the Future of Urban Mobility: Corporate Partnership Board Workshop

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The urban mobility landscape is evolving much more rapidly than it has in the recent past in many cities around the world – and this pace of change is likely to increase, rather than decrease, in coming years.
The general tendency towards reinforcing a car-dominated urban mobility system, largely realised in many early-developed economies and well on its way in many developing economies, seems less certain than in the past. While there are several factors behind this, one certainly has been the introduction of new technologies, mobility services, vehicles and business cases that combine all three. While urban spaces and street networks have largely been adapted or developed to serve a technology first developed in the 19th century, it isn’t yet clear how city spaces will or should adapt to new mobility technologies, services and behaviours that are already emerging and may last well into the 22nd century. But it isn’t too early to start modelling what that future may look like.
The kick-off workshop will discuss model definition, adaptation (working off an existing city model that the ITF has developed over the past years) and how to characterise new model components. It will also address scenario definitions and boundaries (e.g. to include freight distribution and how) and identify key output metrics (e.g. space use efficiency, throughput and flow, safety, access/equity impacts, costs, congestion, etc…).