• Press Release
  • June 24, 2019
  • Amsterdam

People-Centric Mobility is key for the future success of cities

Amsterdam - 24 June, 2019 – Arcadis (EURONEXT: ARCAD), the leading global Design & Consultancy for natural and built assets, states that people-centric mobility is key to improve quality of life in the cities of the future.

Arcadis looks at people-centric mobility through three lenses: connected, sustainable and optimized mobility. In “Future Mobility is People-Centric”, the company advises decision makers in the field of urban mobility to focus investments on the end-user’s benefits. If not, their already congested state of mobility will only deteriorate further in the future, with huge consequences for livability and viability of cities.

Smart investment in core mobility such as rail, combined with the adaptation and integration of the right new technologies (data analysis, Mobility as a Service (MaaS)) and micro-mobility solutions can rejuvenate any city’s transportation offerings. It will provide tailor made journeys for the many types of public transport users.

Cities investing in a people-centric combination of optimized mobility, connectivity and sustainability will have a competitive advantage. The first and last mile experience of a commuter’s journey is crucial. The “first and last mile” describes the movement of people from home to a transportation hub and on to a final destination (home, workplace, school, restaurant…) and back. Find out more.

Optimized mobility aims at bringing the value of the full asset ecosystem in a city to the highest level. Optimizing mobility solutions requires an understanding of three things: citizen wants and needs, existing infrastructure and data knowledge. With the development of new technologies and smart use of data, it is possible to connect people, places and goods across all transport modes in cities in a seamless way.

Connected mobility creates a seamless, flexible and integrated experience to benefit travelers based on digital technology and data management. Apps or platforms allow a user to choose the most cost-friendly and efficient mode of travel. The data gathered and shared through such platforms will improve cities’ strategic decision-making, operational performance and mitigate inequalities.

Sustainability is a vital thread that supports future mobility. Many new forms of mobility, i.e. CAV, motorised bikes, etc will achieve greater transport sustainability. New modes of low carbon transport will impact every stage of commuting, but particularly the first and last mile.

“People-centric mobility is about the commuter, the person undertaking a journey on a daily basis,” states John Batten, Arcadis’ Global Cities Director. “We want to make that experience more sustainable, more connected and more efficient. Cities need to understand what these changes will mean for current infrastructure assets, and how to plan for the future to truly make their mobility more people-centric. Their future success and the wellbeing of their citizens largely depends on the investments made now in the field of people-centric mobility.”

Improving quality of life


Jochem Binst
Mobile: +32 471202679
E-mail: jochem.binst@arcadis.com 

Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy organization for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people, active in over 70 countries that generate €3.3 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. www.arcadis.com

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