Volkswagen has launched a pilot program to transform the Greek island of Astypalea into a sustainable mobility hub, with car- and ride-sharing and a fleet of vehicles operating on electric powertrains.
The six-year program will replace 1,500 conventional vehicles with 1,000 electric cars on the island, and bring in electric scooters and bikes to help people get around. First-responder vehicles will be electrified as well.
When Facebook built the Menlo Gateway phase of its Menlo Park headquarters, the company knew getting employees around would be paramount. So the sprawling complex includes three parking structures, the first of which was designed to be a one-stop mobility hub that would give employees lots of choices for getting from point A to point B.
The mobility hub includes lots of traditional parking, but it also lets employees connect to the campus shuttle system, drop off or pick up bikes, lockers and showers, and features expanded pick-up and drop-off zones, and charging stations with valet service to keep vehicles moving into and out of charging spaces as their vehicles reach capacity.
The mobility hub is hailed as a glimpse of the future of parking, both on campuses and in cities, and it’s profiled in this month’s Parking & Mobility magazine. Take a deep dive into the new structure and what its construction might mean for the industry going forward–read it here.
I was recently asked to develop a plan for two mobility hubs at two developments in a south Florida city. Mobility hubs are multiple modes of transportation (i.e. train, bus, bike-share, car-share, etc.) at one location, and are typically located at high-frequency, public transit stations.
After reviewing case studies of mobility hubs across the world, I developed a list of five essential elements to consider as part of the planning of a mobility hub.
Consider the users. The modes of transportation provided should be the most beneficial to the users in the area. Make data driven decisions regarding the investment in transportation infrastructure.
Consider the larger transportation network. A network of mobility hubs is successful if the surrounding transportation system effectively supports each mode of transportation. Are there supporting bike lanes, sidewalks, intersections that consider the pedestrian, HOV lanes, etc.?
Place in active locations. Mobility hubs should be in active areas with high transportation and parking needs. The goal should be to reduce both SOV trips and parking demand.
Ensure mobile wayfinding applications. Each mode of transportation should be on a mobile app and possibly offer an easy form of payment through the app or allow seamless transfers with a transit card.
Provide necessary and attractive amenities. There are a variety of amenities that can be provided when you begin to consider the users and the modes of transportation offered. Such amenities could include lockers, café/vending, shelter/bench, interactive map, parking, etc.
David Taxman, PE, is a project manager with Kimley-Horn. This post is part of a five-day series commemorating Earth Day 2020.