This strategic session is related to Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy Flagship 9: “Making mobility fair and just for all”. The Green Deal puts pressure on societies to transform their mobility systems. This transition must be inclusive and fair! A just transition means not leaving individuals and communities behind, including when it comes to coverage and affordability of public transport. Provision of mobility is mainly linked to availability, affordability, accessibility, adequacy and reliability of transport. And the mobility of different groups is influenced in a variety of ways by these factors. Mobility “precariousness” affects several groups, including people with low-income and unemployed people, people living in deprived areas lacking urban links, as well as migrants and ethnic minorities, young people and children. Together with women these individuals are most likely to rely on urban public transport.
For people living in rural areas, access to services, economic opportunities and social activities are heavily dependent on access to and/or use of the car as public transportation offers are limited. Yet, rural mobility is often considered either as an afterthought and/or as an extension of urban mobility, even though rural communities and their economies are connected and better mobility will allow them to grow. The aspect of gender is also of significance. Women often have more complex mobility patterns as they regularly combine household chores and caring responsibilities with income-related activities. Equally, safety and security is a major issue for women – including in public transport and when travelling during off-peak hours.
This session aims to explore how we can make sure that mobility of the future is inclusive and relevant for future users, that no one is left behind and that all voices – irrespective of gender – are heard, including those who are difficult to reach. Specific attention will be given to mobility for those living outside urban areas – in particular youth in rural areas.
A high-level panel of speakers will share insights on the following:
The audience will be invited to contribute to this discussion.