Make for attractive alternatives to private car ownership.
The Challenge: Alternatives to private car ownership
Have a toddler make a drawing of ‘the city’. (S)he will draw houses, maybe a shop, but at least one car, if not a couple. Cars make up the landscape of our cities. Bumper to bumper, they are the constitutive elements of massive traffic jams, at least twice a day. Their noise and emissions pollute our neighbourhood’s air and seriously impact our health.
Gradually, the cars riding our city streets are being replaced by electrical vehicles. And it’s not to be denied: riding your bike behind an electrical car or bus is WAY more pleasant than inhaling the exhaust fumes of their Diesel fueled predecessors.
Although promising, electric and hybrid vehicles are only part of the solution. Systemic improvement of our air quality require a systemic change of the car owner’s mindset. One that is enabled by attractive, sustainable alternatives to cars. One which makes it evident for people to reconsider owning a car.
When it comes to attractive alternatives, car sharing platforms are no longer a scarcity in Belgium. People increasingly share cars and do so in multiple ways, from trust-based neighbourhood initiatives to professional car sharing providers with their own vehicle fleet (1) (2) (3).
How can we make people go that extra mile and and give up their cars?
Are there other alternatives to private car ownership that deserve promotion?
And how can we make these alternatives accessible and attractive for everyone, regardless of family status, income or distance to the workplace?
Greenpeace’s paper on ‘Rethinking Urban Mobility’ bundles suggestions that might get you over the hump (4). Be inspired and bring your ideas for solutions to Hack Belgium!
- https://www.autodelen.net/ (NL)
- https://mobilite-mobiliteit.brussels/fr/se-deplacer/voiture/les-voitures-partagees (FR)
Greenpeace Mobility of the Future Award
Greenpeace uses non-violent creative action to pave the way towards a greener, more peaceful world, and to confront the systems that threaten our environment. We are resolutely independent, we do not accept funding from corporations or governments.
The team that provides the most promising solution to their challenge will be awarded the Greenpeace Mobility of the Future Award. The exact shape of this award is still to be defined, but will allow you and your team to move around with care for the air (think electrical step or Cambio abonnement).
Greenpeace will also attend the Life After Hack Belgium Pitch event, where opportunities for collaboration and exchange can be crystallised.
Create Your Solution To The Challenges
There is no dedicated ideation for this challenge, but if you want to brainstorm solutions and meet with other people interested in the challenge, then you should talk to Joeri Thijs, representative of the Greenpeace and Climate Experts at Hack Belgium. If there is interest, Joeri can set up a quick session to brainstorm solutions. Those ideas can then be pitched in the Mobility Round-Up Workshop in the ‘Fast, Clean Mobility for All’ theme at the end of Day 1, to see if other people want to join you in your project.
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Make sure to have a talk with Joeri Thijs, representative of the Greenpeace and Climate Experts at Hack Belgium. And of course, don’t forget to pull the sleeve of Imre Kêseru. He is your Mobility Curator at Hack Belgium and your lead expert, connector and coach throughout the 3 day event.
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About the Mobility Societal Theme
We’re the so-called crossroads of Europe but the movement of goods and people is increasingly hobbled by congestion. Transport is also responsible for 20% of our total greenhouse gas emissions, it shortens our lives through air pollution and it kills more than 700 people a year through road accidents. Radical ideas for transport are required!
Visit the Mobility Societal Theme page
My Journey page to learn more on how you should organise your 3 Days. Lots of other Ideation, business, design and technology workshops to pick. Don’t forget to also visit the Experience Zone.