The World Resources Institute has announced the launch of the New Urban Mobility (NUMO) alliance, a collaborative effort aimed at harnessing tech-based disruptions in the area of urban transportation to make cities more sustainable.
According to WRI, rapid changes in urban transportation such as ride-hailing, dockless bicycles and scooters, and autonomous vehicles are outpacing the ability of researchers and government to keep up with how these disruptions affect labor, land use, government finances, safety, and access to opportunity for millions of residents. With a seed grant of $6 million from WRI board member and Giving Pledge signatory Stephen M. Ross, NUMO will work to establish pilot programs, engage the public, and conduct research and use that information to help guide policy makers, the private sector, and others with an interest in a shared vision of cities and urban mobility.
NUMO is an outgrowth of the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities, which nearly two hundred companies and governments have agreed to as a guiding vision for more sustainable, inclusive, prosperous, and resilient cities. Hosted by the WRI Ross Center, NUMO will be led by Harriet Tregoning, who previously served as principal deputy assistant secretary of the office of community planning and development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Obama administration.
"The pace of innovation and disruption on city streets is forcing everyone — residents, city staff, regulators, and the private sector — to rethink long-held assumptions. It presents us with the opportunity to correct current problems and remake cities for the twenty-first century," said Robin Chase, executive chair of the NUMO steering committee and co-founder of Zipcar. "NUMO seeks to bring together a diversity of actors to bring new voices to the challenge of how to do this and encourage bold experimentation."