Understanding, designing and evaluating active mobility solutions based on travel behaviour research and Big Data-informed transport simulation
The Engaging Mobility group puts forward cutting-edge research in the following projects:
Walking and cycling are not only the most sustainable modes of transport, they are also the most sensitive to the quality of the built environment and climatic conditions. But due to car-oriented street design and modernist urban planning, the potential of active transport modes remains heavily underutilised in many cities. Therefore, new solutions at the intersection of urban design and transport planning are required to retrofit existing urban landscapes and plan new developments that support active modes of transport.
This project aims to understand, model and simulate future mobility solutions for dense urban areas. To understand what is needed to make walking and cycling viable modes of transport in tropical towns and emerging cities, we apply a multi-method approach, including innovative survey approaches and virtual reality applications. These methods allow us to understand current challenges for walking and cycling in Singapore and test how retrofitted and newly designed streetscapes will impact travel choices.
New big data streams generated by public transport smart cards and mobile phones allow one to observe urban mobility at an unprecedented scale. But since this data lacks the level of detail that is required for predictive transport simulation models, the challenge is to enrich such data with behavioural information as obtained from conventional travel surveys and the new insights from the research on active mobility behaviour.
An existing MATSim Singapore model (developed in FCL phase 1) will serve as the platform to test the viability of integrating big data stream for agent-based transport simulation but also will be instrumental to evaluate how different transport policies and urban design scenarios impact travel flows on the large scale.
The evidence-based approach will showcase how the potential of walking and cycling can be tapped to not only improve traffic conditions, but also increase the quality of life and well-being. In particular, emphasis will be placed on developing solutions that surmount the challenges opposed by the tropical weather conditions and existing urban fabric. Taking Singapore as a living lab, Engaging Mobility will showcase how to integrate various streams of data and forms of user feedback to facilitate a responsive planning paradigm.
Engaging Mobility Blog
The Engaging Mobility group maintains a blog where we share our research experience, keep you up-to-date with our latest output and comment on urban mobility matters – and hopefully get you engaged!
Previous Research in Mobility and Transportation Planning
Information on our previous research at FCL in the field of Mobility and Transportation planning can be found here.