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Urban Mobility

Best Reads of the Week: September 25 – 29

By Editorial Team on September 29, 2017

Walkable Cities Are Better for Our Health and Economy

The Globe and Mail – André Picard

“Walking is a universal activity, and one we have taken for granted for far too long.” Walking improves health, contributes to preserving the environment and encourages community-building. Nevertheless, many cities are still largely designed to accommodate cars. By investing in infrastructure such as wider sidewalks or street furniture, cities create spaces for communities to come together and thus spaces that foster a sense of belonging. Ultimately, those walkable areas also boost the city’s’ economy.

Alstom, Siemens Merge to Create New European Rail Champion

The Business Times

On Tuesday, Alstom the manufacturer of French high-speed trains and German industrial leader Siemens announced a merger of their rail operations. “This Franco-German merger of equals sends a strong signal in many ways. We put the European idea to work and together with our friends at Alstom, we are creating a new European champion in the rail industry for the long term. This will give our customers around the world a more innovative and more competitive portfolio”, said Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG. The merger expected to help both companies compete with chinese railway giant CRRC Corp.

Gogoro’s Electric Scooters Are Coming to Japan

The Verge – Sean O’Kane

Last week, Gorgoro announced the completion of $300 million Series C investment round. With this new investment, the company seems to be ready to expand. The company teams up with Japanese corporation Sumitomo to bring smartscooters in Japan but also to develop its business beyond Taiwan. The scooter sharing service dubbed GoShare will be launched on the resort island of Ishigaki in November and will spread to “other cities and markets” in 2018. The company will also focus on offering its service in countries facing severe problems such as pollution, energy and poverty, like China and India.

Swiss People May Be Ready to Live Car-Free Under Certain Conditions

Phys.org – Mike Murphy

The PostCarWorld is a cross-disciplinary study that highlights Swiss people’s contradictory relationship with cars. According to the study, Swiss people are ready to consider alternatives to buying cars but the change will be quite slow as they still enjoy driving. As public transport, carsharing services developed the necessity to own a car decreases. “We’re shifting from an object-centered world, in which cars are an extension of our private property, a myth, a dream, to a service-oriented world, which is based on a whole new approach to mobility,” explains Jacques Lévy, a geographer and head of EPFL’s Chôros Laboratory who directed the study.

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