Local and regional authorities
The current concept of mobility covers the service, the infrastructure, the mode of transport used and its performance for the user in terms of comfort, efficiency, fluidity and safety. It is no longer just a question of organising means of transport, but of improving performance and offering choices of routes regardless of the locality or region.
As Mobility Organising Authorities, local authorities are responsible for offering a range of services in line with the needs of their citizens, whether they are employees, residents, students, tourists, senior citizens, people with reduced mobility or professionals in transit, living in urban or suburban areas. This is in a context of legislative constraints that are changing both with regard to the organisation of local and regional competences and to the energy and climate transition.
The main challenge of the Loi d'Orientation des Mobilités (Mobility Orientation Act) enacted in 2019 is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector. In particular, this policy must encourage alternatives to the private car, promote the development of active mobility and offer all types of users access to the entire range of mobility services in an area, whether provided by a Public Service Delegation (PSD) or by private service operators (car pooling, car sharing, transport on demand, self-service bicycles, etc.).
Accordingly our Moov'Hub service is a real mobility observatory that enables local authorities to analyse user behaviour in order to adapt the services offered to their needs, and the resulting regional planning. Mobility by Colas is clearly positioned as a neutral player with regard to stakeholders, both to integrate all forms of mobility into a single package of mobility services (marketplace) and to operate MaaS (Mobility as a Service) commercially. It is a unique cross-cutting approach that links existing mobility services, new private alternatives and the development of public areas.
Mobility is becoming a real operational factor in urban and suburban development and is a major issue for local authorities. Localities and regions are constantly acting to improve their attractiveness and offer an increasingly tranquil, sustainable and resilient living environment. However, this transformation requires periods of construction work which will affect the daily life and mobility of citizens. In close coordination with local authorities, which are responsible for upholding public interests, developers must therefore limit these disturbances.
This is the challenge for the QIEVO approach adopted by Mobility by Colas, which reduces the impact of construction sites on mobility flows, in particular through a centralised service for planning and regulating logistics flows on construction sites. By avoiding vehicle parks around building sites and by managing parking by tradesmen and workers, QIEVO limits the nuisance generated by construction sites. In this way, this solution for managing last-mile logistics limits the carbon impact of current operations, reduces the nuisance caused by traffic flows and the potential parking of heavy goods vehicles in public areas and makes it easier for citizens to accept these changes.
Finally, local access is another challenge for local and regional authorities to respond to the problem of spatial equity and, in particular, to ensure high-quality infrastructures and services. In this context, and where private cars are very often the only means of travel - in suburban and rural areas - infrastructure managers must implement investment policies for the development and maintenance of the road network so that users can travel in the best possible conditions of safety and fluidity. In this context our ANAIS offer targets local authorities in charge of this road management, to promote and encourage the introduction of a high-quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure. Using the data collected and shared by road users, at the core of the system ANAIS identifies road safety hazard areas, analyses them and makes recommendations for improvements to be made in the area, through prepared and targeted field visits. ANAIS is used continuously to monitor the changes in road use and safety and hence to strive for continuous improvement of the infrastructure network. In addition to a service that analyses the state of a network from the point of view of its perception by users (to avoid the effects of surprise) ANAIS also provides a quality maintenance tool which develops with the seasons and the deteriorations that affect an infrastructure and its environment.