Creating a vision and roadmap for mobility in Dutch cities, together with the national government and the cities of Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.
The Netherlands firmly believes in the potential benefits for significant change in road mobility with the introduction of cooperative ITS systems. Innovations in this field should allow us to improve traffic flows on our roads in terms of safety, efficiency and environmental impact, and can be an important boost to Europe's competitive strength, jobs opportunities and growth.
For The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management LightHouse created a vision and roadmap for future mobility in Dutch cities, together with the cities of Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. In a co-creative process of the ministry with the five major Dutch cities, a new policy is created that is linked to a relevant and shared vision of the future on mobility in Dutch cities and that indicates short-term goals and actions that ultimately will lead to this desired future.

The project Smart Urban Mobility consists of three steps:
Step 1: Ambition
The cities play an important role as representatives of the interests of citizens and as experts of urban problems, solutions and policies. They will be asked in the workshops to use this expertise to arrive at a joint desired future scenario on mobility in Dutch cities and new directions for policy. In a first round of interviews the cities are independently asked what their current state and future ambition regarding urban mobility are. Here they can indicate where they want to set priorities in their city, for example by wanting to be a testing ground.
Step 2: Vision
The individual ambitions and priorities from the cities are input for a vision workshop, in which a joint future scenario is created. The result is a visualisation and a short description of the vision. The realisation of the visualization with all partners is important for the acceptance and adoption of the vision by all partners.

In the vision, 3 core elements are key:
  • The street is a habitat
    In 2050, people in the Dutch city will be central. The public space is pleasant, green and clean with attention for accommodation, recreation and play. A lively environment in city centres and economic core areas invites to be outside and facilities in the neighbourhoods encourage walking and cycling. There are no more cars parked, there is a shared space for slow traffic, such as bicycles and other smart 'last mile' mobility solutions for people and goods. Urban space is safe for all people. Residential areas are quiet living spaces in a pleasant living environment. Pedestrians have priority, parking spaces have been replaced by green space and space for outdoor activities. Public transport networks connect the various areas via multimodal hubs, where a switch can be made to various subsystems and (logistic) services are situated.
  • People have the choice
    In 2050 everyone has the opportunity to go wherever they want through a wide and diverse range of connected (sub)systems of cars, bicycles, hoovers and drones, among others. The different and personal options are seamless, easily accessible and switching is easy. A lively societal and open mentality makes transport sharing a natural choice. Individual travel advice is based on real-time information where personal information (travel needs and preferences) and general information (weather, environment, price level, etc.) are used in combination with real-time analysis and the prediction of transport flows and travel behaviour. Integrated data and infrastructure systems are designed on human scale and freedom of choice for people, with attention for the public interest and privacy.
  • Smartly designed cities and connections
    In 2050, cities are designed logically and smartly with attention to economic vitality and regional connections. Dutch cities and the ministry work together so that the whole country can travel quickly and safely. There is a dense network of modalities with high reliability and good facilities for people and goods. Dutch cities work together and are leaders in the realisation of meaningful innovations that contribute to the major objectives, whereby appropriate regulations facilitate the dynamics and flexibility of innovation and structurally safeguard public interests. New value models for, for example, revenues from industrial sites or incentives for desirable behavior, coordinated between governments at local, regional and national level, are guiding.
Step 3: Roadmap
The Roadmap Smart Mobility, developed by LightHouse in the European project Roadmap for Energy (R4E) is the starting point for the Dutch context. In an intensive work session with people from the 5 cities and the ministry, we shared the available knowledge. By subsequently working through the roadmap, we examined which priorities, blind spots and elaborations are relevant for the Dutch context. What do we want to be distinctive in the Netherlands and lead the way and what knowledge is needed in the coming years? Intermediate milestones were also determined where this priority is expressed. This all resulted in a ‘technology opportunities map, where the activities and milestones for 2020 are identified.
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