With increased vehicular mobility, the quality of life of our cities is under pressure. Air pollution has become a serious issue with regards to our health, with approximately a third of the total air pollution produced coming from motorised traffic. It is therefore logical that the Dutch government insists in the development of clean transport to improve air quality.
The Dutch government aims for the use of one million electric vehicles by 2025. This ambition also has its impact on the public space and until now, from the spatial planning perspective, there has been little attention to the effects, impact and opportunities of clean mobility planning. The possibilities are much greater than just random implementation of the necessary amenities.
Opportunities for Urban Development
When the negative associations of traditional mobility lapse, it creates the opportunity for a total urban reorganisation, when mobility is concerned. It provides an opportunity for re-dimensioning of streets and stimulates a new vision for parking, combining functions and our energy infrastructure. The study ‘E-City’ by OKRA inspires politicians, planners and urban designers to consider new urban development strategies based on clean mobility.