S02E08: Re-Thinking Mobility

Urban mobility must tackle an over-reliance on automobiles, which has led to both sprawl and inequity of access to amenities and opportunities, if it is to re-invent itself. Like other utilities such as water, what may have suited cities to date will not be sustainable in the face of growing populations and a changing climate.  Swapping out private fossil fuel cars with electric and autonomous ones is not viable.While digital technology can make transport systems safer and more efficient, we are also updating 200 year-old technology. Electrified micro-mobility to transport people and goods could play a significant role, as we are starting to see in the global north, as long as it is supported by high quality, segregated cycling infrastructure.Citizens, particularly in the global south, are already spending on informal, often unregulated private transport. Governance - the public sector taking accountability - could divert this into integrated mass transit systems. Governments should also enable safe, inclusive spaces and allow urban residents to have access to all the benefits of the city.Speakers:Laura Fox, General Manager, Citi Bike,  Lyft Bikes and ScootersDavid Zipper, Visiting Fellow,  Harvard Kennedy SchoolDorina Pojani, Senior Lecturer, University of QueenslandLinks:Hustle & Bustle podcast: Ep.18 Dorina Pojani - Brisbane's car-free community on Apple PodcastsMicromobility podcast interview, New York Times "Popularity of Ebikes Isn't Slowing Down", TED TalkWhat's Up With That: Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse | WIRED 

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The world needs to shift to a new paradigm, but what is stopping us and how can we do this? In 2015, 193 world leaders signed up to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to achieve a more prosperous, peaceful, and sustainable world by the year 2030. We have the technology, we have the people and if we have the money but can we make this target? Romi Sumaria and Aarti Shah explore some of the biggest challenges that we face to meet these goals, share the real stories of what is being done on the ground and speak to inspiring individuals and organisations that are leading the way in delivering impact.