Cloé Chevron
Responsable ferroviaire et transports urbains, groupe Egis
Published on December 17, 2018

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Combating solo driving in Lyon

Solo driving - or single-person car journeys - is a key concern for the City of Lyon which has commissioned Egis to carry out a "Mobility Management" study.

A Lyon, un dispositif contre l'autosolisme

- Crédits : Lucas Gallone - Unsplash

Mobility management covers a range of initiatives, other than large-scale projects (creation of cut-and-cover infrastructure, etc.), designed to reduce solo driving. CEREMA (French centre for studies and expertise in risks, the environment, mobility and planning) believes this to be a comprehensive and coherent process, guided by user understanding of mobility requirements and based on initiatives that are:

  • designed to promote sustainable existing ways of getting around (i.e., public transport and active modes) by tackling the perceptions and/or behaviour of individuals and companies (logistics)
  • underpinned by “soft” measures (information, communication, pricing, design, etc.) aimed at enhancing the performance of “hard” measures (transit routes, infrastructure, amenities, etc.)
  • in line with individuals’ freedom to choose
  • underscored by concertation and coordination between various different stakeholders throughout the mobility chain (authorities tasked with organising mobility, private operators, associations, etc.)

In the course of our mission, we also indicated that Mobility Management assumes that individuals actually have real alternatives available to them, that the offering can be adapted to approved measures and that strong political backing is absolutely essential.

Egis: playing a key role in the City of Lyon’s mobility challenges

Since July 2018 we have been conducting a year-long Mobility Management study on behalf of the City of Lyon.

Our study comprises a diagnostic review, workshops, proposals for organisation and action scenarios, practical arrangements for scenarios actually chosen, building the case for backing the process and showcasing the initiatives, and devising and building a “mobility advice” toolbox.

We are currently wrapping up the first phase of the diagnostic review based on around 30 interviews with key stakeholders in Lyon mobility policy, i.e., various municipal departments in charge of roads, transit, forward planning, communication and information systems, etc., SYTRAL (organising authority), Keolis (operator), LyonParcAuto (car park and shared mobility services operator – Citiz and Yea !), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Chamber of Trade and Crafts, and bike users associations, etc.

This review sought to provide an overview of the stakeholders and actions covered by Mobility Management and detect any oversights in terms of vision, coordination, targeting and citizen- and user-focused initiatives.

The next part of our study should help the City to forge a strategic Mobility Management vision for Lyon, redefine and rank objectives, and come up with arrangements for coordinating both the actors and the actions. It is being conducted at the same time as discussions concerning framework legislation on Mobility which we are tracking very closely.

We have begun international benchmarking work which provides a wealth of feedback on possible actions and governance arrangements: getting regular carpooling services up and running over short distances, opening up data and regulating their use, providing mobility consultancy services, making it easier to get around on bikes and to park them, and devising rules for using electric scooters and sharing public spaces.

We are also leveraging the expertise of our City and Transport teams concerning modal split among the different transport modes in Lyon and their specific knowledge of municipal mobility projects and experiments and familiarity with various municipal departments.

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