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Territorial engineering: an ecosystem in motion!


Territorial engineering: an ecosystem in motion!

Emerging in the wake of decentralization, territorial engineering provides expertise to local authorities faced with the expansion of their competencies. This is a precious help, especially in the governance of territorial development. Explanations.

Initiated in France forty years ago, decentralization affects many areas that the State used to consider regalian, such as the organization of mobility in France. Since the implementation of the decentralization laws in January 2014 and August 2015, the organization of transportation on the metropolitan territory has evolved. In 2019, the Mobility Orientation Law- strengthened the mobility governance scheme around the intermunicipal/regional couple.

As agglomeration and urban communities acquire the competence of mobility organizing authorities (AOM), they must draw up a mobility plan (PDM), contact the other AOMs (such as the Region) in the same mobility basin to coordinate their actions with road and infrastructure managers in order to optimize the development of mobility (e.g., by installing bicycle lanes, recharging stations, park-and-ride facilities, etc.)

Tailor-made assistance

Mobility is therefore becoming a real operational lever for urban, suburban and rural development, a major challenge for local authorities. The territories are thus in perpetual movement to improve their attractiveness and offer a daily living environment by providing concrete answers to ecological and social challenges (in line with the Climate and Resilience Act of August 2021) as well as to changes in the lifestyles of our fellow citizens. The evolution of these territories requires coordination with all stakeholders: architects, developers, local authorities, companies and users of the territory concerned.

Mobility by Colas' customized service offering is based on this ecosystem management to respond to the evolution of these living areas. Our Moov'Hub approach brings together public and private mobility services, pooling parking uses to better control the use of cars, and combining calming developments with digital services. We thus accompany the transformation of the territory, by providing a mobility diagnosis and a vision of development "planning", opening up mobility hubs on a scale that we can operate in a neutral and integrated way.

The same is true for the accessibility of territories, which is another major challenge for local authorities, in order to respond to the problem of spatial equity and, in particular, to guarantee quality infrastructure and services. In this context, and where the car is very often the unavoidable means of travel - infrastructure managers must implement investment policies for the development and maintenance of the road network in order to allow users to travel with the best conditions of safety and fluidity. Thanks to our ANAIS approach, we respond to this objective by measuring the evolution of the use and safety of the roads, with in particular targeted recommendations in terms of development of the public space.

Mobility by Colas supports the entire cycle of territorial transformation, from the engineering phase to the operation of services to promote dynamic, shared and peaceful development and management of public spaces.