Lack of political willingness

Progressive mobility interventions are very frequently hotly debated and criticised in the local community. Examples include reallocating road space to sustainable transport modes, or introducing new or increased charges on private motorised transport (e.g. congestion fees or increasing parking fees). This is especially true of mobility measures that are very innovative, and where there is therefore little available evidence about the expected positive effects.

A high degree of political commitment is therefore needed to implement such mobility measures. This commitment must be constant throughout the planning, implementation and demonstration phases. Experience shows that cities that can be regarded as exemplary in terms of urban mobility innovations are those where local political commitment has been strong and steady.