How Sustainable Transport Can Save the City

The measures taken in an effort to reduce the environmental and climate impacts of vehicles are fair but demanding, implying substantial overturning in favour of sustainable transport. Cars that rely on renewable energy are all the rage, and people are finding greener solutions to get around, including carpooling and car sharing. Yet, these options are not accessible to all. Demand-Responsive Transport inscribes itself in this global mindset of turning urban mobility into sustainable mobility all while providing solutions to significant social issues.

What is Sustainable Transport?

Environmentally friendly means of transportation fall under the category of sustainable transport. Even though such solutions are not always available for people who wish to get around without harming the planet, new ways of travelling continue to emerge.

Sustainable Transport: General Definition

In the broadest sense of the term, sustainable transport designates all non-motorised means of transport. This includes any form of cycling, walking, tramways, skateboarding, non-motorised scooters, or any type of public or personal transport that do not produce any CO2 emissions.

Since the 2010s, the term “sustainable transport” has been replaced by what is known as “active mobility”. This expression means that the journeys are done relying solely on physical effort on the part of a human being. These EcoMobility solutions aim to improve the quality of life in urban areas by offering healthy and environmentally friendly transport alternatives.

Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT) and Sustainable Travel

In an effort to lessen environmental and climate impacts and to reduce carbon emissions, Demand-Responsive Transport plays a great part in sustainable transport planning. DRT is presented as an alternative to active mobility, particularly in extra-urban areas where vehicle emission controls are more difficult to enforce.

This sustainable transport solution thus complements active mobility and positively affects the environmental footprint of public transport all while promoting social equality across regions in terms of transport infrastructure.

Demand-Responsive Transport as a Sustainable Transport Solution

Demand-Responsive Transport constitutes a compelling sustainable mobility solution beneficial to both the environment and the users.

Demand-Responsive Transport: An Eco-Friendly Alternative

Starting from the notion that sustainable transport aims to apply vehicle emission controls and to impact air quality positively, Demand-Responsive Transport works towards sustainable transport. Even though this means of transport does not run solely on renewable energy just yet and still produces some carbon emissions, DRT optimises transport and contributes to lessening pollution, making it an eco-friendly solution.

Demand-Responsive Transport is therefore in line with a political agenda aiming to offer alternatives to cars within cities, to reduce superfluous mileage and, in that regard, to go along with the principles of sustainable transport.

A Means of Transport that Respects Public Spaces

The general quality of urban and rural areas implies a certain level of respect for public spaces. It is up to everyone to become aware of the fact that the city should be accessible to all. New means of transport go along with that logic and are a gateway to mobility for all.

The time when people only ever got around by car is coming to an end, making way for new kinds of mobility and for transport sharing between commuters. While this solution was already widespread in urban areas, it is progressively reaching extra-urban regions, which public transportation typically does not serve as well.

DRT thus makes the city available to all, and particularly to People with Reduced Mobility (PRM) and vulnerable individuals all while having a positive impact on the quality of the region. Little to no new infrastructure or works are necessary and previously existing networks may be used. The solution also frees up roadways and contributes to public space optimisation…

Optimal User Experience in Public Transport

Passengers are at the heart of DRT considerations, since its objective is to revitalise extra-urban regions by offering transport solutions adapted to the life rhythm of its users. Travellers thus benefit from quality transportation, comparable to the convenience of private transport in centre towns. They are free to choose their means of transport, timetable, and frequency of use so that booking DRT is as simple as calling upon a chauffeur-driven car in the middle of the city.

Offering a service that is practically on-demand and open to all, Demand Responsive Transport answers highly specific needs for every passenger and provides an optimal user experience.

Padam Mobility, Committed to Sustainable Mobility

Padam Mobility is a start-up whose commitment to EcoMobility complements the steps it takes towards sustainable mobility. To that end, the company furthers progress in several areas of eco-friendly transport.

Lowering Individual Vehicle Usage

DRT offers an alternative transport solution which compensates for the limitations of public transit as we know it. These new means of transport are very sought after in rural or extra-urban areas, at night, or during off-peak times. Such alternative travel options curb the use of personal vehicles and solo car rides, thus reducing the environmental and climate impact of car journeys.

Optimising Existing Transportation Services

Padam Mobility had the foresight to propose an alternative mobility solution that harnesses pre-existing infrastructure, requiring no additional works or new constructions. This means that Demand-Responsive Transport has already been implemented in an intelligent, dynamic way, thus limiting empty runs, and providing more accurate itineraries. This allowed Padam Mobility to optimise existing transportation networks to perfection.

Developing Mobility Solutions to Encourage Eco-Friendly Behaviours

Sharing a common goal with sustainable transport, Padam Mobility’s Demand-Responsive Transport solution encourages passengers to opt for environmentally friendly means of transportation. Yet, they do not stop there and offer them the possibility to select the best itineraries to reduce power consumption, and therefore pollution.

 

Demand-Responsive Transport provides a suitable alternative anywhere renewable energy, or zero emission means of transport are not an option, thus supplying a relevant addition to sustainable transport. Padam Mobility takes concrete action to encourage its users to get around differently by offering mobility services that are intelligent, optimised, affordable and sustainable all at once. 

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