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3/18: Happy Mobility

3/18: Happy Mobility


I visited the Happy Mobility congress in Rotterdam in March. The Dutch specialist media 'Verkeerskunde' and  'Verkeer in Beeld' asked me to write a report. A few highlights. In his key note, Karel Martens explains how unjust, in his eyes, the Dutch mobility policy is. He is an international traffic planner and professor. "Why is the transport system unfair when, in areas such as housing, health and education, public systems are well established?”

Happiness of mobility instead of transport poverty

According to him, it is crucial to get a good picture of the experiences of the population.  "You could use an average level of mobility satisfaction as a benchmark. Anyone who scores lower will then be supported". 

A quarter of an hour walking distance 

In addition to cycling and public or target group transport, walking is also an important way to achieve happy mobility, participants say. Wim Bot of the Dutch Fietsersbond: "The pedestrian is a big blind spot in our mobility policy. Designing the space meaning that many destinations can be reached within a quarter of an hour's walk is an important key".

( 21th March 2018 )

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