Shared mobility is increasingly taking off in cities: supply and demand are growing. There is little supply outside the cities, while car dependence is very high. Shared mobility can be a good addition to the current mobility system and can thus reduce car ownership. The main question in this pilot is how a government can also facilitate and stimulate this development outside the cities, especially at hubs, and what is needed for this.
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The Hive Mobility Center will be located on Zernike Campus Groningen. Here, Hive.Mobility and its partners will develop, strengthen and promote mobility innovations in a joint location.
Groningen is collaborating with a large number of European regions in the FastTrack project. This is a 'Coordination and Support Action' within the European Horizon program and focuses on cities as climate-proof connected multimodal nodes for smart and clean mobility. New approaches are being sought for demonstrating and testing innovative mobility solutions. FastTrack offers an excellent opportunity to present the Hive.Mobility ecosystem through its founding partner, the municipality of Groningen, to other innovative regions in Europe.
For the accessibility of the municipality of Groningen as a whole and the economic core areas in particular, the roads that connect the municipality with the region, province and the rest of the Netherlands are very important. In order to provide a better insight into the quality of the road network, the municipality developed new accessibility indicators together with partners. These are criteria on the basis of which the quality of the accessibility of the municipality is measured.
The province of Groningen will start a pilot in 2021 to do tests in the field of autonomous (package) transport at the Bourtange fortress. Bourtange is an old fortified village in the province of Groningen. The fortress consists of small streets and bridges and is popular among tourists. Since the fortress is so beautifully demarcated, it's a good location to investigate a number of challenges regarding autonomous (parcel) transport. Autonomous transport involves a vehicle traveling without a driver.
The provinces of Groningen and Drenthe, OV-bureau Groningen Drenthe and Publiek Vervoer Groningen Drenthe work together with a large number of parties within the hubs program. This is an initiative to make the hubs in the region even more attractive and to add value through development processes. A hub is a place where you can switch from one mode of transport to another and where you can wait for a little while in a pleasant way.
The province of Groningen manages and maintains the provincial infrastructure and installs new infrastructure. In addition, the province also takes care of several bridges and locks, for example. In all these cases there are possibilities to cut back on CO2 emissions by using other materials.
In accordance with the agreements in the climate agreement, all government institutions in the Netherlands must work on making their own vehicle fleet and equipment more sustainable. This concerns small vehicles, but also, for example, inspection vessels or gritters. All these vehicles must be made into zero emission vehicles by 2030 at the latest. However, the province of Groningen is keen to set an example and is therefore accelerating this task.
Hive.Mobility partners University of Groningen and the municipality of Groningen will start a study, in the autumn of 2020, into the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our mobility system, together with a number of other knowledge institutions, municipalities and business partners. The research, called MOCOLODO, is funded by NWO-ZonNw.