Adapting our streets to the needs of future users

By Lucia Cristea, EIP

The scope of the MORE project is to conceptualize the road as multi-functional, multi-users and multi-level space that could be defined as an ecosystem. In this context the analysis of future users’ needs offers an early understanding of different conditions or factors that cities should take into account when re-designing urban corridors.

It is important that the design and functions of today’s road ecosystems are planned to anticipate the needs of tomorrow. How will the characteristics of road ecosystem users change by 2030, or by 2050? How will their lifestyles differ from today’s road users? And how will this relate to the demand and supply for transport, and the functions of urban space?

The Future Road Users’ Needs Report therefore takes a wider view of the factors that will shape the needs of road users in the decades to come. It provides an assessment of the trends and factors that will be influential in changing the current landscape on road corridors. The research involved a substantial desk research, interviews with multi-disciplinary experts on social and lifestyle trends and group discussion with key stakeholders.

The research on future users’ needs intended to understand the changing demographics and future patterns of demand, that are likely to have a high impact on requirements for physical and digital transport infrastructure on main corridors in urban areas.

To read the full MORE report “Future Road Users’ Needs”, click here.