The Smove.City Equity Plan For Cities

The Smove.City Equity Plan for Cities

Smove.City will agree with each City partner to a two-pronged approach to equity:

  1. Offering affordable pricing, engaging the community and broad access
  2. Expanding Program coverage over time to underserved parts of the City

 

 

 

Smove.City desires to help achieve civic goals related to equity, innovation, experimentation, and maintaining order in the City’s right-of-way by providing high-quality, reliable equipment and software; seamless customer service; comprehensive, meaningful bike share program; and collaboration with the municipal/City and local businesses”

Constantin Vermoere, Founder & CEO Smove.City

 

 

 

Smove.City will work with each City in good faith to implement the “Smove.City Equity Plan”

 

At SMOVE.CITY, we believe in engaging the community and working together with local authorities that is why we introduced our Smove.City Equity Plan.

Our equity plan can be summarised as follows:

  • Smove.City will administer a low-income program at its cost, including the following elements:
  1. Income-Eligible Membership: Smove.City will offer a discounted annual membership to income-eligible individuals.
  2. Programming, in partnership with community organizations, to introduce new audiences to bicycle share, such as group rides and riding classes.
  •  Smove.City will rebalance bicycles to ensure equitable access to the Program throughout the service area.
  1. Smove.City bicycle distribution commitments are geographically equitable by requiring Smove.City to rebalance bicycles to all areas of the City.
  2. Smove.City will expand Program coverage to underserved parts of the City in mutual agreement with The City
  • Smove.City will support programming from (local) partner organizations that promote bicycle share, including by providing free passes that may be used by local partners to teach local residents about bike sharing.
  • Smove.City will advocate for bicycle safety programming to increase community awareness of bicycle share.

Smove.City will measure its equity efforts through(i) rider demographics and(ii) accessibility of bicycles in targeted neighborhoods.Smove.City will seek the advice of local researchers and experts to improve methods of measuring equity in bicycle share.

If you are a city official or journalist and would like to know more about our equity plan you can reach out to our press contact at press@smove.city

 

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SMOVE.CITY participated in the “Car free day” event in Prague – Suchdol on the 19th of September

SMOVE.CITY participated in the “Car free day” event in Prague – Suchdol on the 19th of September

Suchdol is situated on a hill above the Vltava River, which, together with the Hercynian folds, has formed the present-day form of a romantically beautiful landscape since the Old Age, a protected nature reserve. The oldest settlements are proven by the findings of the boulder industry from the period 300,000 years ago.

The Prague-Suchdol district was established on the basis of Act No. 418/1990 Coll., On the Capital City of Prague after the municipal elections on 24 November 1990, and consisted of the cadastral area of ​​Suchdol and the entire cadastral area of ​​Sedlec. On January 1, 2005, Dolní Sedlec joined the city district of Prague 6.

This year is a big challenge for our towns and cities. But the pandemic also showed us that people appreciate and expect our cities to become safer, cleaner and accessible to all. During this week and beyond, our partner cities from all around Europe will show how greener and more digital European towns and cities could look.

Adina Vălean

EU Transport Commissioner

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Smove.City had an exhibition stand on the main square during this event.

"During the Car Free Day, pedestrian zones with a rich program of educational, sports, cultural and other activities and attractions for young and old are created in places normally filled with cars. Visitors will experience first-hand what a healthier, friendlier and happier city can look like when the noise from passing cars subsides, the air is cleared and valuable space belongs to people."

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Smove.City desires to help achieve civic goals related to equity, innovation, experimentation, and maintaining order in the City’s right-of-way by providing high-quality, reliable equipment and software; seamless customer service; comprehensive, meaningful bike share program; and collaboration with the municipal/City and local businessesConstantin Vermoere, Founder & CEO Smove.City

MOBILITY ACTIONS – SMOVE.CITY is participating.

At SMOVE.CITY, we believe in engaging the community and working together with local authorities, The European Mobility Week is a great way to showcase sustainable mobility initiatives.  It is the perfect opportunity to present sustainable mobility alternatives to local residents and to explain the challenges that cities and towns are facing. By taking part, towns and cities can showcase the benefits of cleaner transport choices and make progress towards better mobility in Europe.

Want to know more about other initiatives SMOVE.CITY takes to support and engage the community? Have a look at our “Equity Plan for Cities”

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Italians who buy a new bicycle will get up to 500 euros from the government

The Italian government will offer a 70% subsidy, capped at 500 euros, for people who buy a new bicycle or electric scooter or sign up to bike and scooter sharing services.

 

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The Italian government will offer a 70% subsidy, capped at 500 euros, for people who buy a new bicycle or electric scooter or sign up to bike and scooter sharing services.

The measure is part of a €55 billion support package for the Italian economy and aims to keep people from using their cars and public transport as the country recovers from the crisis surrounding the new coronavirus (Covid-19).

Fewer people will be able to take public transport because of social distancing regulations, De Micheli pointed out at a press conference with Foreign Press Association journalists.

The government is also looking into changing traffic laws to enable local authorities to create cycling paths more easily, De Micheli added. City representatives of the country’s capital, Rome, announced that it would create 150 kilometres of new cycling paths by September.

 

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The Sustainable Mobility Award Winners Have Been Announced

3 100 cities and towns participated in the EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2019, the European Commission has now announced the winner of four sustainable mobility awards.

 

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Back in February 2020 the European Commission announced the city/town nominees for the sustainable mobility awards. And now, the are finally announcing the winners.

Krusevac, Serbia – winner of the EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Award 2019 for larger municipalities

The Serbian city of Kruševac reportedly impressed the jury with its range of activities, underpinned by strong citizen participation and political support from the local government. During EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2019, cars were restricted in the city streets, in the centre and in the suburbs. The face of the city was also said to be transformed, with the installation of new cycle paths, walkways, public squares, urban parks, benches and swings.

The other finalists were Rethymno (Greece) and Wrocław (Poland).

Smove.City wants to congratulate the winner and all the cities and towns that participated.

 

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Karditsa, Greece – winner of the EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK Award 2019 for smaller municipalities

Karditsa impressed the jury with its use of promotional materials and partnerships to support sustainable mobility. During the EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK 2019, the city partnered with dozens of organisations including schools, music academies, government departments, police, fire brigade, civil society organisations and businesses, all of which were invited to participate in a week of mobility celebrations.

The other finalists were Alfândega da Fé (Portugal) and Paide (Estonia).

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Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium – winner of the eighth Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP)

The Brussels-Capital Region  sustainable mobility goals include having zero road traffic deaths by 2030, restricting car usage, reducing the speed limit to 30 kilometres per hour by 2021, and increasing the number of pedestrianised zones.

The jury was impressed by its approach to reaching these goals, which sees the city as an ‘ecosystem’. The city’s achievements are said to be underpinned by strong stakeholder outreach, impressive citizen participation, and the implementation of “superblocks”, an urban planning concept.

The other finalists were Kaunas (Lithuania) and Wrocław (Poland).

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How will covid-19 effect mobility?

Covid-19 is pressuring cities to find alternatives to physical spacing requirements for public transport that allow safe use of buses, metros and trains. Travelling by car limits contagion risks and the steep drop in road traffic during lockdown has made driving a compelling choice for those still on the road.

However  during the corona lockdown and after the lockdown many people have opted to walk and cycle – partly to avoid public transport, but partly also because walking and cycling are well-suited for travel during the pandemic. Both walking and cycling limit the risk of close contact and allow adjusting trajectories to avoid close passing. As many people seek to minimise travel distances, walking in the neighbourhood has replaced cross-city travel while cycling is an effective alternative for longer trips previously taken by public transport.

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Other cities aim to create city- or region-wide networks of emergency cycling and pedestrian infrastructure that facilitate socially-spaced walking and cycling against the backdrop of decreased public transport use. Most of these measures are linked to longer-term objectives to manage car traffic and provide sustainable travel options for inhabitants.

 

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Looking at the situation in China after the lockdown we see that there is a possibility that many people will feel uncomfortable travelling by public transport or sharing close quarters with drivers in taxis or ride-sourcing vehicles. These trips will have to be catered for with other travel options.

 

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Absorbing these trips will not be trivial, as this simple calculation demonstrates: Anywhere from 5 to nearly 10 million daily trips are taken by metro and bus (excluding regional rail) in London, New York, Paris and Tokyo. If 30% of those trips were to be replaced by telework, 4 to 7 million trips per day would still have to be handled by public transport. Two to 3 million trips a day remain if 50% of those remaining trips are no longer taken in public transport.

In the short-term, that is an impossibly large number of trips for city streets to absorb if they are taken by car. In the longer term, cities that are designed to handle such an increase in traffic may not be able to deliver other outcomes related to safety, equity, access, environment and efficiency. Walking, cycling and other forms of light mobility are much more space-efficient and could help absorb this demand. Many urban trips are made over a relatively short-distance and could easily be walked, cycled and scooted. Electric propulsion and regional infrastructure also make longer-distance cycling or scootering possible.

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Public authorities will have to adjust to a new environment in which travel options, preferences and behaviour will remain severely disrupted as long as the threat of Covid-19 persists. A major part of that adjustment will be the realisation that physically-spaced Corona lanes will be part of the new normal.

 

City owned bike share solutions such as Smove.City could be a great alternative to cities in their search to answer the high demand of mobility. What makes Smove.City different is that Smove.City provides a fleet management platform to the city, which gives the city access to real time data and the possibility for data analysis. This data analysis helps cities in understanding the movements in their city. Smove.City can also add current and other city owned vehicles into their platform. If you are a city that is interested in in this solution, you can visit www.smove.city for more information.

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