Wanted: Youth Data Stewards for Smart Mobility
Among today's well-known smart city solutions, smart mobility is often associated with automated traffic enforcement & real-time traffic management. While these primarily serve private vehicles, smart mobility—if and when done responsibly and sustainably—would also greatly benefit the majority. This includes;
- public transportation, which serves 48.8% of Filipino trip composition;
- traveling on foot, which comprises 30.7% of our trips; and
- micromobility, which was once estimated at 1.9% of trips in 2015 but has increased in usage with 24% of households using bicycles.
Moreover, these shifts in mobility needs must serve the growing youth comprising 58.2% of the trips in Metro Manila and its surrounding areas.
The success of smart cities, and smart mobility for that matter, are built on data governance and management. However, like the current smart city approaches that focus on technology acquisition and development, what has not been covered in past smart mobility and transportation discussions are the quality of data, data governance, and management, on top of ethical considerations, and public engagement—specifically for and with the youth sector.
In partnership with SmartCT, FNF Philippines organized the first session of Klima Learning Series, a platform of discussion between thought leaders, mobility experts, and young transport advocates to talk about what the future of mobility would be and how these visions are to be smart and sustainable.