Exeter City Futures join us with a radical and ambitious “MOU”
Exeter City Futures and TravelSpirit Foundation have developed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) as a basis of the city of Exeter’s active involvement with the TravelSpirit Community and strategic collaboration with the TravelSpirit Foundation.
With cities consuming between two-thirds and three-quarters of the world’s energy, their role in driving a clean energy future is inescapable. Around 1.5 million people are added to the global urban population every week, and the proportion of the world’s population living in urban areas is heading for 66 percent by 2050.
The global imperative for change is clear.
Uncontrolled, rapid urbanization presents acute challenges for national and local governments, with constrained capacity and finance for infrastructure delivery. Unplanned and poorly managed urbanization can give rise to inequality, pollution, and costly sprawling development plans.
Too much of city development and planning is based on existing habits and behaviours, which oftentimes neither address the challenges, nor increase happiness.
Around the world new ways of providing mobility are appearing in our towns and cities. At the same time, rapid adoption of mobile internet access is creating new business models and service offerings that change the way we access and utilise transport.
Recently, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) has emerged from within this exciting frontier to offer travellers a powerful new alternative to car ownership. It provides customers and communities a choice of mobility packages, using a range of suitable transport options, all linked through an integrated and seamless user experience.
This is a real step forward. However, we must ensure that the world of new mobility does not take substantial value and profits out of local communities. Instead it must add value and improve citizens’ wellbeing.
For more information on our Memorandum of Understanding, and how you can partner with us on this, and/or develop more city partnerships, please contact our the Chair of TravelSpirit Foundation, Si Ho.
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