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Conscious mobility for urban spaces: case studies review and indicator framework design

Vargas-Maldonado, Roberto C., Lozoya-Reyes, Jorge G., Ramírez-Moreno, Mauricio A., Lozoya-Santos, Jorge de J., Ramírez-Mendoza, Ricardo A., Pérez-Henríquez, Blas L., Velasquez-Mendez, Augusto, Vargas, Jose Fernando Jimenez and Narezo-Balzaretti, Jorge (2023) Conscious mobility for urban spaces: case studies review and indicator framework design. Applied Sciences (Switzerland), 13 (1). ISSN 2076-3417

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A lack of data collection on conscious mobility behaviors has been identified in current sustainable and smart mobility planning, development and implementation strategies. This leads to technocentric solutions that do not place people and their behavior at the center of new mobility solutions in urban centers around the globe. This paper introduces the concept of conscious mobility to link techno-economic analyses with user awareness on the impact of their travel decisions on other people, local urban infrastructure and the environment through systematic big data collection. A preliminary conscious mobility indicator framework is presented to leverage behavioral considerations to enhance urban-community mobility systems. Key factors for conscious mobility analysis have been derived from five case studies. The sample offers regional diversity (i.e., local, regional and the global urban contexts), as well as different goals in the transformation of conventional urban transport systems, from improving public transport efficiency and equipment electrification to mitigate pollution and climate risks, to focusing on equity, access and people safety. The case studies selected provide useful metrics on the adoption of cleaner, smarter, safer and more autonomous mobility technologies, along with novel people-centric program designs to build an initial set of conscious mobility indicators frameworks. The parameters were applied to the city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon in Mexico focusing on the needs of the communities that work, study and live around the local urban campus of the Tecnologico de Monterrey’s Distrito Tec. This case study, served as an example of how conscious mobility indicators could be applied and customized to a community and region of interest. This paper introduces the first application of the conscious mobility framework for urban communities’ mobility system analysis. This more holistic assessment approach includes dimensions such as society and culture, infrastructure and urban spaces, technology, government, normativity, economy and politics, and the environment. The expectation is that the conscious mobility framework of analysis will become a useful tool for smarter and sustainable urban and mobility problem solving and decision making to enhance the quality of life all living in urban communities.

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Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
T Technology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2023 15:27
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2024 18:36

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