Less than 30 minutes away from Vienna’s city centre- the aspern Seestadt community is being built as a smart urban development, with a staunch commitment towards the sharing economy. The development has been designed as a city of short distances, with an ambitious goal to keep the share of motorized traffic to 20%

A pioneering feature of aspern Seestadt is their dedicated mobility lab and fund. Financed from the cost-savings from minimized garage construction, the mobility fund invests in local innovations in transportation. To date, the lab has invested in the Seestadt bike fleet (bike sharing), Hallo Dienstmann! (bike delivery), Lotte (rentable bike trailer), a car-sharing initiative, a digital noticeboard with real-time info on transportation routes, and aspern ReCycle (a cycle repair system).

As it stands, the aspern Seestadt community boasts 0.7 cars, and 2 bikes per household. Given that their anticipated completion date is 2028, we can expect to see more results in the years to come.

Value for Dubai

An ever-growing city, both in terms of population and outwards expansion, traffic congestion is an ongoing issue and costly for Dubai. According to the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai’s vehicle density (approximately 540 per 1,000) is one of the highest in the world, and traffic congestion has costed the city approximately Dh2.9 billion in terms of loss in working hours, time and fuel.

In alignment with the 'Green Economy for Sustainable Development' initiative, and with Smart Mobility in mind, Dubai could explore the idea of setting smarter mobility goals for new developments, and intentionally design for shorter-distances. Dubai can also explore the potential for mobility labs in new and planned developments, support hyper-local initiatives that reduce reliance on motorized vehicles.

With the systems in place, communities can empower their residents to identify local pain points, and receive the support they would need to become smarter, more efficient and more sustainable.