A new smart mobility initiative in Amsterdam

A new scheme in Amsterdam is aiming to convince car owners to leave their vehicle at home and use public transport or sharing services instead. Organised by the City of Amsterdam, the initiative is set to launch with a trial period this autumn. For the scheme, the City will ask 100 owners of parking permits not to use their cars, and instead give them free travel credits that they can use on alternative methods of transportation.

As well as easing congestion in the city, the project will allow the City of Amsterdam to gain insight into the effectiveness of using alternative modes of transport, such as bicycles, public transport and car and bike sharing services, to travel into Amsterdam’s city centre. The municipality is hoping the findings will help make these methods more efficient and so more attractive to people who usually use their cars. To qualify for the trial, residents must hand in their parking permit for at least two months, and in return will receive 500 travel credits worth €500.

A liveable city

The innovative project is another part of the City of Amsterdam’s smart mobility mission to make the city more accessible and to increase the number of people using alternative, greener transport methods. City Alderwoman Sharon Dijksma says: “We know from our research that a car is in Amsterdam is parked for an average of 23 hours a day. That is a shame because the places where these cars are parked can be used for many other things, such as playing or parking bicycles. By making Amsterdammers aware of alternative methods of transport, we can make public spaces more efficient and in turn make Amsterdam more liveable for everyone.”

Residents who want to participate in the test can register from Monday 3 September 2018 on the City of Amsterdam’s website.