Do our cities shape mobility or are our cities shaped by mobility? How is public space divided up among the various means of transport? In “The Mobility Space Report: What the Street!?” the moovel lab is addressing these questions. The interactive platform, which can be visited at whatthestreet.moovellab.com, illustrates in a playful way how daily transportation choices shape cityscapes. It also forecasts how emerging mobility technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, could create redistributions of mobility space.
The moovel lab analyzed OpenStreetMap data from 23 cities around the world, including New York, Beijing and Singapore to create unique, comparative data visualizations of parking and movement spaces in each city.
Take for example the case of Berlin. Berlin has a total urban area of 891 km² of which approximately 55,2 km² could be assigned to mobility space – cars, trains, and bikes – according to the calculations by the moovel lab on behalf of OpenStreetMap. Therefore, considering the number of inhabitants in the German capital, there is about 15,7 m² of mobility space per person. By examining Berlin’s transport infrastructure data, moovel lab’s research found that each person in Berlin owns 11,3 m², 3,1 m², and 1,3 m² of space for cars, trains, and bikes, respectively.
moovel is an urban mobility company that aims to make cities smarter. With this project, the moovel lab would like to better understand and analyze the city and its mobility structure. moovel lab will open “What the Street!?” to city planners and interested parties as an open source project in Q4 2017, giving them full access to use the data base and its analysis tools to create the cities of the future.
Interactive tool invites visitors on a tour of discovery
Numerous “What the Street!?” features invite website users to discover the mobility structure in the 23 selected metropolises. The moovel lab packs the entire mobility space into mosaic pictures and thus creates unique visualizations. Mobility spaces in each city selected by the user can be compared with others. Even more, each city’s longest streets can be shared by users in a GIF animation on social media. The visualizations of the 23 cities are also available online as a poster version from the website whatthestreet.moovellab.com.