For this new article from season 10 of the Urban Chronicles dedicated to mobility, we invite you to discover three good practices that illustrate our vision of the sustainable city applied to mobility.
At Green Soluce, we imagine the city of tomorrow from a prism that is articulated around three essential values: frugality, inclusion and resilience. To do this, we draw on ideas and approaches that meet these commitments.
Frugal, inclusive or resilient mobility, new challenges for the city of tomorrow
According to the Larousse dictionary, frugality is the idea of being self-sufficient in a small way and living in a simple way. By adapting this definition to the urban context, the objective is to imagine a city that relies on its own wealth (heritage, resources, users, etc.) and limits its energy consumption and investments.
According to the European Commission, “active inclusion is about enabling every citizen, including the most disadvantaged, to participate fully in society”. The city, in its inclusive dimension, must make it possible to integrate citizens, move freely and adapt to the needs of its users.
Resilience is the ability of some materials to return to their original shape after an impact. By extension, this term is used to describe the ability of certain ecosystems, individuals or societies to rebuild and reinvent themselves after a disturbance. It is this definition that interests us when we talk about sustainable and resilient cities. It is necessary to know how to reinvent spaces and services to adapt to social, economic and environmental upheavals.
Three good practices to meet the challenges of sustainable cities
K-Ryole for frugal mobility
Founded in 2016, K-Ryole designs and markets intelligent electric bicycle trailers. These trailers can carry up to 250 kg without feeling the effort and without realizing the presence of the trailer behind the bike. Through a system of sensors coupled to two small electric motors, the cyclist does not feel the transported load or the slope. This electric assistance is automatically switched off as soon as the cyclist brakes.
This alternative to the car makes it possible to transport large loads in Paris for craftsmen, merchants, restaurateurs with their equipment and goods as well as for urban logistics players.
This start-up, winner of the 2018 Grand Prix de l’Innovation de la Ville de Paris, fits perfectly into the frugal dimension presented for the city of tomorrow. It makes it possible to reduce energy consumption compared to the car, reduce urban flows and rely on 100% renewable energy: human power.
StreetCo, mobility for all
In 2019, moving around is becoming easier and easier. Between electric scooters, VTC services, self-service bicycles and more traditional means of transport (bus, taxi, metro), getting from point A to point B seems obvious to everyone. But many people have difficulty finding a means of transport adapted to their specific needs (disability, injuries, etc.).
Like Waze, Streetco is a collaborative pedestrian GPS for pedestrians and people with disabilities that allows you to customize your routes according to the obstacles on your route.
Based on a community of users, the objective of this application is to identify all accessible places according to their disability and possible obstacles that could appear on a pedestrian path.
Created in 2016, the start-up was born from the experience of Arthur Alba, one of the company’s two partners. Following an accident, he found himself on crutches and looked for solutions to move freely in Paris. Today, the community has more than 15,000 members in France and Europe.
Simplifying the movement of everyone within Paris, to enable people in difficulty to move safely, is a major step towards inclusive mobility.
Cycloponics or the resilience of car parks
Converting unused car parks into urban farms is the challenge that the startup Cycloponics has been facing since 2015. This initiative, which began in Strasbourg, is now being developed in Paris, with a 3600 m2 site opened in 2016 at Porte de la Chapelle. Two new spaces are planned in the Paris 19th arrondissement in 2020.
Parking lots, enclosed spaces, are perfect places for a form of urban agriculture. The company then grows endives or mushrooms that do not require light. Aromatic plants under horticultural lamps also grow there. The accessibility of car parks to vehicles simplifies the logistical aspect.
This approach to upgrading car parks is part of a context in which the place of the car is decreasing while the car parks have been designed to accommodate one car per household. Through this activity, Cycloponics offers a way of adapting to societal changes in order to reinvent parking spaces in their own way.
These initiatives illustrate three axes of development for the city of tomorrow: frugal, inclusive and resilient. But these examples are far from being isolated!
The union of these three values builds the city of tomorrow. This is why the workshops dedicated to the city of tomorrow that we organize at Green Soluce are designed to articulate these three qualities in order to imagine innovation and foresight projects for the sustainable and inclusive transition of cities.
Article researched and written by Baptiste Estignard for Urban Chronicles™
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