Urban mobility is the key to development in both Việt Nam and France. A complete reliance on private means of transportation such the monopoly of motorbikes in HCMC or the dominant use of cars in Lyon is unsustainable. Both cities need effective public transportation systems which offer diverse modes of travel.
From individual to diversified mobility
HCMC has recently launched a project to build a network of metro lines and expressways with dedicated BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) bus lanes. The transition to a new era of mobility will elevate the city to the level of other cities in Asia, where much innovation and experimentation in public transportation has already been implemented. In anticipation of this shift towards multimodality, HCMC is currently seeking to modernise and enhance the performance of its bus network (network expansion, frequency, accessibility, quality of service) and to improve its traffic circulation and parking plans.
Multimodality and proximity
The urban transportation policy of Greater Lyon has evolved into a vision of a global and multimodal transportation network where all transportation modes are fully integrated with each other, facilitating interconnection between one means of transport and another. This optimisation of transportation is part of the process of building a “city of proximity” where people don’t have far to travel from home to work. “Soft” or alternative modes of transportation such as bicycles and other environment-friendly options such as car sharing have added to the public transportation offer across the Rhône-Alpes Region, allowing everybody to move as they please!
Launched in 2005, Vélo’v is a service which supplies over 3,000 bicycles in more than 350 stations situated around the cities of Lyon and Villeurbanne. Usage is by subscription and rental can last from 30 minutes up to 24 hours. Simple and practical, this service is designed to facilitate short journeys and saves the cyclist three worries: where to store a bike at home and at work, the possibility of theft and the need for maintenance.