At the end of April Tonny Bosch and Imran Hasan Ahmed visited Kurdistan Region in Iraq. During this visit, an agreement has been signed with our established partner in the region, View Pioneer. They will be the distributors of our MOVE Meter tool in the Middle East area.
We are very proud that the MOVE Meter will also be used by Sulaimani Polytechnic University for training future urban and transport planners.
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Rijkswaterstaat wants to ease the congestion levels in the short term and has put together a package of measures. Measures that can be implemented quickly and that are effective. In 2016, Rijkswaterstaat already identified 24 measures (both in traffic management and infrastructure) in the Action plan Reduction of Traffic Congestion 2.0 to alleviate traffic jams in the coming years. The measures have been presented both by Rijkswaterstaat and by the different regions in the Netherlands. All measures are focused on reducing of traffic congestion quickly and effectively.
The product of this assignment is a report describing the approach and method used. In addition, the measures and their effects are included, as well as the results of the calculation of the individual measures and the total package.
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The Randstad, a region comprised of the four largest cities in the Netherlands, is similar to the Bay Area in terms of its size, population and commuter activity. However, while this region struggles to keep its aging transportation system in motion, the Randstad delivers a world-renowned integrated mobility network. The almost 50 attendees could discover how the regions compare and what lessons the Bay Area can learn from the Dutch approach to sustainable regional transportation. “This was a highly successful event for us,” stated Lucas van der Linde after the presentation. “People are very interested in our Dutch approach and are very eager to learn from us. They consider the Dutch approach as a contribution to a utopian society. We received a lot of positive feedback and we are convinced that we can contribute to the solutions San Francisco is asking for.”
Consultant Lucas van der Linde was one of the speakers during the Transportation Seminar at Portland State University (PSU). The subject: The Success of an Integrated Mobility Strategy from the Netherlands.
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Improvement of the quality of cycle infrastructure does contribute to a better accessibility and livability of regions. Provinces and regions proposed a number of cycle infrastructure projects and are seeking for financial support by the Ministry.
In order to rank these projects on their contributions to the goals of the Ministery this study was conducted.
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The event brought together representatives from several national ministries, the local municipalities involved, members of the civil society, NGOs and local businesses.
The first half of the day was dedicated to presenting and discussing the overarching vision, the main objectives and the development scenarios for the Bethlehem conurbation mobility. The results of the previous stakeholders’ workshop, organised in September, formed the basis for our proposals. The participants got the chance to comment on the three scenarios and to choose the one that they believed was the best for creating a liveable and accessible Bethlehem. During the second half of the day, concrete and operational measures and projects have been discussed, touching on topics such as: public transport, road network, NMT and information and education.
On the 14th of November, a high-level Steering Committee meeting took place. The Mayor of Bethlehem, Mr. adv. Anton Salman, the mayors of Beit Sahur, Beit Jala, Al Khader, Ad Doha and Artas, the French General Consul in Jerusalem, Mr. Pierre Cochard, the Governor of Bethlehem Governorate, representatives of Paris Municipality and French Agency for Development, engineers and planners sat together at the same time and discussed the future of mobility in Bethlehem conurbation. The meeting has been a success, showing the commitment of all stakeholders to transform Bethlehem conurbation into a sustainable and enjoyable place for its inhabitants and visitors.
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Marcel van Lieshout was invited by the organizers to provide a keynote speech on how investment in cycling can play a role in easing congestion. He explained how our MOVE Meter tool can support this process. For more information about this tool please go to: https://movemobility.nl/expertise/move-meter/
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On the 18th and the 19th of September, the first Stakeholders’ Workshop for the Mobility Study of Bethlehem conurbation took place. The event brought together representatives from several national ministries, all the local municipalities involved (Bethlehem, Beit Sahur, Beit Jala, Al Khader, Ad Doha and Artas), members of the civil society, NGOs and local businesses.
During the two-day workshop, the participants actively got involved in the planning process, providing valuable input for the development of the future of mobility in Bethlehem conurbation. Through hands-on activities, co-creation and open dialogue, the stakeholders, together with the consultants and the beneficiaries of the project envisioned the future of their city.
The results of the workshop will form the basis for the next stages of the project, during which a common vision, the main objectives and the possible future mobility scenarios for Bethlehem conurbation will be developed. This will be followed by a second Stakeholders’ Workshop in November. Choosing the preferred scenario and deciding on the measures and projects that best serve the objectives of the project will be the focus of this second event. The ultimate goal is to make Bethlehem conurbation an accessible and liveable area, friendly to the environment, its citizens and visitors.
WE, at MOVE Mobility, together with our partner, Community Development Group, have been steering and moderating the workshop activities and we were happy to see that the project attracts a lot of interest and commitment from all stakeholders.
MOVE Mobility will be part of the Dutch delegation that will attend the BiciGo event that will be held in Bogotá from the 29th of November to 2nd of December in Corferias. We will present our interactive modelling tool the MOVE Meter and we will discuss how you can use it for mobility planning in your city with a focus on cycling.
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Last week we signed a MoU between the Netherlands, represented by the Ambassador Margriet Leemhuis, and the Oaxaca Government in Mexico.
MOVE Mobility with its partners MAP and Deltares, will work together under that agreement in topics of urban development, water and mobility.
Additionally, during that week we also organised a workshop together with MAP in order to study the mobility and urban planning in the city and then proposed possible solutions and pilot projects that help the further development of the city.
The teams of MOVE Mobility and Community Development Group (CDG), won the tender for a Mobility Study for Bethlehem Municipality.
Together with our Palestinian partner CDG we will support Bethlehem Municipality with the development of a Transport and Mobility Master plan. The coming 12 months we will develop this plan in an active process with and for the Bethlehem Municipality. The plan will be based on a sustainable connection between planning, transport and economic development.
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Tonny Bosch was the keynote speaker at the IHK-Verkehrsforum Stop oder Go? Perspectiven für ein mobiles Münsterland. The main question at the congress was how to make the next step in traffic and transportation planning in Münster. Tonny shared experiences of the Dutch mobility system like zoning (A/B/C) in Utrecht, multimodality, MOVE Meter for city planning. And how these examples may help Münster to make the next step in sustainability.
MOVE Mobility, Goudappel Coffeng and DAT.Mobility cooperate in the “Excellent Cities” program that was officially launched at VeloCity 2017.
Excellent Cities are people-centred, economically vibrant, attractive, sustainable and socially equitable.
We believe in the power of mobility planning as a tool in the hand of governments to improve our cities in all these fields. With our program Excellent Cities we provide more than 50 years of experience in urban mobility planning for excellent cities in the Netherlands, one of the most populated countries in the world. We understand all aspects of urban mobility in design, effects and tooling but also in actor-involvement, decision-making and engineering.
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The MOVE Meter is the international version of the Mobiliteitsscan. It is an easy to use GIS/internet based application especially developed to monitor and assess the mobility impact of infrastructural and socio-economic changes in a town, city or region.
Together with DAT.Mobility the following activities have been performed:
Make the Mobiliteitsscan more robust (for example, improving data management and the user interface).
Prepare complete documentations related to the use and functionality of various modules.
Develop a proper interface, so that existing data and information from traffic models could be read swiftly and the results/ output could easily be exported to third-party tools (GIS and other applications).
Expand modules for sustainability and environmental assessment.
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The Urban Accelerator approach was used to make a pro-active steering tool for decision makers to create tangible measures leading to actual improvements in the urban domain. Measures that might have a ripple effect on their direct surroundings, would be defined as priorities.
The scenarios were modelled with the MOVE Meter, putting emphasis on mobility and the opportunities for modal shift, potential measures for car, public transport and non-motorised transport network in and around Cape Town.
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Morelos State in cooperation with the Federal Government and several civil and environmental organisations started the first ECOZONA, which is intended to transform the historic centre of Cuernavaca. The aim is to stop the un-organised growth and urban sprawl towards the hills and valleys, therefore preventing further environmental damages, such as the deforestation, water and air pollution. Based on these goals, the Morelos Government contracted MOVE Mobility to consult on the solutions for an accessible and sustainable city centre.
Stage 1 – Mobility workshop
The objective of this workshop was to assist and advice the City of Cuernavaca and their planners. MOVE Mobility worked with different stakeholders: the municipality, architects and civil society representatives from the region. The workshop focused on the envisioning of a strategic network for Cuernavaca, from the Metropolitan area to the Historical Centre scale.
Stage 2 – Mobility strategy development and evaluation
As a result of the workshop, MOVE Mobility continued working on the reorganisation of the public transport, car and bike flows in the surrounding of the ECOZONA. In order to achieve the main goals of the ECOZONA, the Municipality of Morelos developed a mobility strategy which included different proposals for changing its transport system towards a more sustainable one. For this project, MOVE Mobility was responsible for evaluating the different proposals in the MOVE Meter and for studying the impacts of these ideas on the rest of the traffic in the ECOZONA and Cuernavaca. Among the scenarios evaluated were the pedestrianisation of the current city centre, the implementation of circular routes in the area and the effects of the BRT system in the city and its surrounding towns. The results were presented in a final workshop.
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In the ‘Beter Benutten’ (‘Optimising Use’) programme, the Dutch government, regions and businesses are working together to improve road, waterway and railway accessibility in the regions with the most congested roads. The programme is a customised mix of measures meant for reducing congestion and improving traffic and accessibility on Dutch roads.
MOVE Mobility has been commissioned to perform the monitoring and evaluation of this programme with the help of the MOVE Meter. The main purpose of this project is to analyse the effects of various measures on congestion levels and travel time. Such measures can be: improving existing roads, offering travellers more choices and services, building new infrastructure for various modes, working together with businesses to facilitate smart travelling, etc.
MOVE Mobility has been responsible for: prepare the monitoring and evaluation plan, provide training and guiding for regions on implementing the measures in the MOVE Meter, keep direct contact with regional coordinators and the representatives of the Ministry, monitor and evaluate the effects of the implemented measures in the MOVE Meter, report on the findings.
The Municipality of Darbandikhan in the Kurdistan Region wishes to create a more sustainable mobility system in the city. Therefore, it needs a coherent and well-planned traffic and transportation system. Together with View Pioneer, MOVE Mobility supported the Municipality of Darbandikhan during the process of integrated planning (strategic networking). This is essential for the future of cities that want to shift their mobility system from car use to multimodality with consistent networks for walking, cycling, public transport and car. In this process we involved stakeholders. The use of a tool and adequate data collection is crucial. The final product was a complete analysis of the current network and traffic situation with proposed projects for the future that will make Darbandikhan a ‘Smart Moving City’.
Our main activities and outputs of the project were: Analysing the existing situation related to all transport modes, coordinating data collection processes (counting, interviews, surveys), setting mobility visions and goals, organising workshops and consultation meetings with all concerned stakeholders, drawing up the urban mobility plan with recommendations, and communicating the results.
I work on all fronts on strategic innovations in the field of sustainable mobility, and have already achieved a great deal. Together with Henk Tromp, we are the founders of the Mobiliteitsscan, an instrument to make the effects of interventions in mobility tangible and manageable. I am also at home in other markets: strategic explorations for the impact of mobility choices on the functioning of the city, parking policy, bicycle policy (also internationally), chain movements (including P + Bike), mobility management and goods transport. I am one of the founding fathers of the Dutch Cycling Embassy and the ThinkBike Workshops.
For me it is important not to start thinking in terms of measures, but to consider the effects to be achieved and, from there, to consider various measures laid down in the CROW’s “Wikken en Wegen” approach. Furthermore, I believe that in terms of (car) mobility, we must assume the capacity of a city and not accommodating to the demand. I would like to further develop these concepts.
I am interested in creating resilient urban areas through experimentation and people centric design approaches, and also in creating a bridge between information technology and transportation planning. I believe that sustainable transportation and mobility interventions are the key to a better future for the planet.
I studied computer science and GIS in India before moving to the Netherlands to experience the “cycling culture” and Urban and Regional planning at the University of Amsterdam.
Before I joined MOVE Mobility I was working at the Centrum Wiskunde en Informatica as an urban researcher.