The chain of transport, including public transport, to get from A to B, must be one system. In any case, that is how the traveler will want to see it. The possibilities and limitations of the system as well as the traveler are the starting points for the requirements of the vision of the foundation.
Requirements for mobility – which should mobility satisfy?
Although chain of mobility in its current form is not good enough, the foundation still sees this as a solution to the developments mentioned in the cause. That does not mean that you simply go constructing more rail or tram lines. Or blindly build a HighSpeedLine that will finally end up in clownish form (Dutch high-speed rail line “HSL-Zuid”, or perhaps HS2).
If one wants to make the chain of mobility a success, then you will have to look at why the car is so popular. Furthermore, you have to look at people. Their behavior, desires, limitations and instincts. And we must realize that we do not want to waste any time on trip planning. Beings are lazy and selfish by nature, humans are no exception.
The car clearly shows what people demand from mobility:
- comfort and a comfort zone,
- status (prestige),
- being in control of your own time,
- not having to plan,
- door to door,
- (thinking to) have influence about your route.
And if facilities mainly accessible by car, then that makes the car the logical choice.
Requirements for the chain of mobility as an alternative to the car
If one wants to make the chain of mobility a success, the system must:
- become more reliable
- be comfortable
- be available any time of the day
- make facilities within easy reach
- have a simple structure
- demand as least as possible planning from travelers
- be accessible to every individual. Young, old, sporty or with disabilities. Everyone must be able to travel by him/her self, without third parties or difficulties (freedom through independence).
People should not serve the system, but the system should serve the people.