If you are Dutch, or you’ve been in the Netherlands for a while, you’ll know that public transport works well and you’ll have your own bike for small distances in the city. Owning a car is, especially for those of us who live in the city, is not a necessity. On the contrary, it can be a burden sometimes. Read below how smart mobility is taking the Dutch cities by a storm.
The average car in the Netherlands stands still for 23 hours a day
Going downtown with the car is not faster anymore, especially in big cities. At the same time, the fixed costs of car ownership continue to rise. Big cities want less traffic, fewer emissions, less space for cars, more for playgrounds and parks. Thus they are creating policies to keep cars outside the city, namely higher fees for parking or parking permits, and extended environmental zones.
At the same time, they welcome more and more shared mobility providers in the city. You must have seen them on the street.
The smartphone is the new car
With the click of a button, you can order an Uber or book a shared car, bike or scooter from down the street. It’s all about getting from A to B in the most suitable way for the occasion and personal need. Our mobile phones make flexible multimodal transportation possible, especially in cities. Sometimes you need to get to a place where public transport is difficult, or simply stay dry when it rains, you have to carry big groceries or get somewhere fast because you’re late. Shared mobility services allow you to reserve, open and ride with a few clicks on your phone.
Here are all the main shared mobility options you can find in Amsterdam and Rotterdam at the moment, and more are coming:
Carsharing: Greenwheels, MyWheels, SnappCar, Ioniq carsharing, Car2Go
Bikesharing: Donkey Republic, Hello Bike, Urbee (e-bikes)
Ride-hailing: Uber, ViaVan
All shared mobility in one app: Ridecloud
When you start familiarizing yourself with shared mobility all these options and different apps, and operating models might feel overwhelming. We felt the same, that’s why we created Ridecloud, an app that brings together all shared mobility in one single app. With Ridecloud, you can see multiple shared mobility options available around you, compare prices and types of transport and book what’s best for you. Discover all rides around you by downloading Ridecloud for iOS for free on the App Store.
Try shared mobility this holiday season
It’s a great time of the year to go hiking in the forest or explore the upcoming Christmas markets. For most of us, it is also a time to upgrade our home or host holiday dinners. Furniture and hardware stores are all outside the city and big groceries are easier to be done with a car. From the comfort of your couch, and the palm of your hand, you can rent a car from down your street and drive where you need to with enough space to fit everything. Read more.