The 15-minute city

The idea is that you can access everything you need to carry out in your daily life within a quarter of an hour by walking, biking, taking public transport or a shared micromobility service. By reversing car dependency in cities, space can be redistributed for social interaction, activity areas, local businesses, urban greening and other activities making cities liveable and vibrant.

3 Bubbles - 15 min to everything

We have committed to the idea of creating 15-minute cities.

Making the modal shift

Today, there are around 1,4 billion cars on earth. By 2030, that number is expected to be 2 billion. If we were to swap all these cars to electric cars that would take decades. Time that we don't have if we wanna reach our climate goals. Replacing all cars with new electric ones would also require a massive amount of natural resources and have an adverse impact on the environment. Micromobility in combination with public transport can however help rethink urban mobility to reverse car dependency in cities and towns.

Rendering: Sveavägen, Stockholm, Sweden. 

Freeing up the space for living

By 2030, it’s predicted that one-third of the global population will live in cities with a population of at least half a million inhabitants. At the same time, 50% of public space in European cities is dedicated to cars. Cars that on average transport 1,3 persons per trip and are parked 95% of the day. We believe that the cities and towns should be optimised for the people instead of cars.

If we can reclaim the space, we will have more space for socialising, outdoor sports, urban nature and invaluable ecosystem services in our cities and towns. 

Rendering: Sveavägen, Stockholm, Sweden.

Rethinking what public transport is

Many people see micromobility as a good alternative for first and last mile trips to or from other forms of public transportation. But maybe it is time to rethink what public transport really is?

Usually it is understood as a system of mass transit vehicles, following fixed routes and timetables for moving groups of people. K2, Sweden’s national centre for research on public transport, has in a working paper identified four different scenarios for future developments for public transport. One interesting scenario, called “public transport as backbone”, forecasted that shared mobility services become widely available with mass transit connecting these mobility services and car ownership becoming less common.

The authors of the paper conclude that this scenario would “in more fundamental ways change the perception of what public transport is and how it should be funded”.

Rendering: Carrer de Girona, Barcelona, Spain.

Read more in our vision statement. 

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