The Dutch municipal elections in 2022 are regular municipal elections that, in most of the Netherlands, will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. The G40 city network is the network of 40 (medium) large cities in our country, which meet in the urban issues faced by the members of the network. All G40 municipalities will grow in numbers of inhabitants and visitors in the coming years. The growth offers opportunities, because urban densification offers opportunities for new facilities, homes and industry and it literally brings people closer together.
De Mobility Alliance makes nine suggestions for a flourishing, inclusive and accessible city. Now they do this at the municipal level, previously they also provided the program committees for the elections to the House of Representatives with ideas. For example, the mobility alliance advises to maintain the spread of mobility. This can be done by setting an example as a municipality when it comes to flexible working and opening hours. Municipalities can also call on the organizations in their city (employers, educational institutions) to follow this good example. This allows them to better control the growth of mobility and somewhat limit the increase in traffic during the morning and evening rush hours.
Municipalities can prevent housing from being built without it being clear how mobility by public transport, car and bicycle is organised. A mobility test that is a direct part of housing assignments can provide this. Sometimes compaction can take place along public transport axes. In other places it makes sense to give car mobility more space. The Mobility Alliance recommends including flows of goods in the test and facilitating this with clear logistics
routes, (flexible) loading and unloading points in residential areas, multifunctional pick-up points and parcel safes in residential towers.
Traffic safe mobility
The number of traffic accidents is increasing, especially in inner-city areas. Municipalities should therefore opt for traffic-safe residential areas and safely designed through roads in the city. Where possible, she can separate traffic flows, with the design of the street determining speed and categorizing vehicles according to mass. A road design that 'enforces' 30 km per hour in residential areas can reduce the number of serious injury crashes by 25%. Provide more space for walking and cycling in busy areas. This makes traffic safer and the city more liveable. There will be a different choice for each location, because public transport and the car must maintain sufficient space and speed on the through roads.
Mobility hubs for people and goods
Invest in hubs with ample P+R options on the outskirts of the city, hubs in districts and neighborhoods and - together with other governments - hubs outside the city. At hubs it is easy to switch to public transport and shared mobility or to start the journey. Combining this with the stimulation of innovations such as MaaS (Mobility as a Service) gives people more choice and they become more flexible in their journey. In addition to the transfer or transhipment function, hubs also have an attractive effect due to the supply and demand of other functions and facilities (such as pick-up points for packages, groceries and work and meeting places).
Accessible to everyone
Keep mobility accessible to everyone, that is the message of the Mobility Alliance. Access to mobility is a precondition for participating in society. The municipality can help to provide this access for every resident by offering appropriate products and services together with mobility providers. More and more experience is being gained with this in various cities in the Netherlands. For example, consider having it used at a reduced rate
of public transport by people with a smaller wallet. Or organizing ride-on services for people without their own transport. And also think of the maintenance of care transport and taxis.
The municipality can actively use the current development towards emission-free transport by making space and investing in tank and charging infrastructure for passenger and freight transport. This may also include options for supplying energy back to the grid from vehicles (for example via hubs). The municipality can also encourage zero emissions in its own business operations and in existing cooperation with contract partners. Think of actively thinking along in making a 'zero' business case feasible for, for example, target group transport. The supply in the city is also becoming increasingly space-efficient, quiet and emission-free.
optimal traffic management
Much has already been invested in smarter traffic management in recent years. It is good if this is further developed, on
based on real-time and multimodal data. The technology of intelligent traffic lights and in vehicles is used, as well as connectivity with the environment. This allows better use of the capacity of the road network. Ideally, municipalities will work together on this at regional level.
Public transport of the future
Public transport, collective passenger transport, bicycle and other two-wheelers provide an answer to the scarce space in the busy areas and neighbourhoods. During peak times, the efficient, high-frequency and comfortable transport of large numbers of travelers is crucial. Public transport of the future can also be viewed more in conjunction with target group transport, taxi transport, shared mobility and the bicycle, so that it becomes increasingly attractive to combine means of transport. At the same time, the funding of public transport and target group transport has been under pressure for years. Even if municipalities themselves are not responsible for this, they can enter into discussions with the provincial or national government about this.
an attractive public space
The necessary management and maintenance of local roads, cycle paths and bridges can no longer be cut back. On the contrary: due to the accumulated backlog and the major renovation and replacement task that is coming, more resources are needed from the national government, city and region. In many places there has been delay for too long, resulting in potentially unsafe situations. On the contrary: due to the accumulated backlog and the major renovation and replacement task that is coming, more resources are needed from the national government, city and region. In many places there has been delay for too long, resulting in potentially unsafe situations.
Mobility enables organizations and people to do what they are good at and contributes to a great extent to living enjoyment and enjoyment of life. With our nine suggestions, you will prepare your municipality for a healthy, inclusive future, in which economic prosperity goes hand in hand with a liveable city.
The Mobility Alliance is a unique partnership of now 26 parties, established to ensure that the
freedom of movement of the Netherlands will also be preserved in the future. This calls for a change to a new, smarter
mobility system in which both the traveler and the entrepreneur can travel flexibly. The partners are: ANWB Arriva Bouwend Nederland BOVAG Central Bureau for Rhine & Inland Navigation EBS FEHAC Fietsersbond GVB HTM Keolis KNAC Royal Dutch Transport National Ferries Platform MKB-Infra NS OV-NL Qbuzz Rai Association RET Rover Schiphol Transdev Transport & Logistics Netherlands Association Business Drivers VNA.
The 40 municipalities of the G40 are: Alkmaar, Almelo, Almere, Alphen aan den Rijn, Amersfoort, Apeldoorn, Arnhem, Assen, Breda, Delft, Deventer, Dordrecht, Ede, Eindhoven, Emmen, Enschede, Gouda, Groningen, Haarlem, Haarlemmermeer , Heerlen, Helmond, Hengelo, 's-Hertogenbosch, Hilversum, Hoorn, Leeuwarden, Leiden, Lelystad, Maastricht, Nijmegen, Oss, Roosendaal, Sittard-Geleen, Schiedam, Tilburg, Venlo, Zaanstad, Zoetermeer and Zwolle.
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