It’s our home, our place of work and entertainment. Strolling the streets, enjoying people and events. The sights, sounds and smell. It’s easy to fall in love with the city. Congestion, noise and pollution ruins the charm. We want to get around, but not be stuck in traffic and polluting the environment where we live.
Enjoying a summerday by the river reminds us how flowing water restores peace of mind.
Let’s use the waterways to give back the cities their calm peace of mind as well. If we make better use of our waterways, we can help ease the travel, make the neighborhoods more peaceful, improve the city’s atmosphere and even save taxpayers money .
Our cities are growing. More people, more businesses, more activities. It’s what makes the cities exciting. And creates some of the major problems. The need to get around creates congestion as more people are sharing the same amount of space.
Adding more streets is expensive, creates conflicts and may even ruin the charm of the neighborhood. But experiencing constant traffic jam is also a burden. Congestion results in frustration and is a waste of time. People come late to work, late for picking up at school, late for their date. It creates challenges for public services like ambulances, police cars and firetrucks when handling urgent situations.
Emissions and noise from vehicles creates stress and pollutes the air. When out of control, it will strain the health budgets. Yes, it is expensive to provide good transport solutions. But it is even more expensive to do nothing.
Many of the worlds biggest cities where built near waterways. That’s why the city came to be. Historically the water provided an easy mode of transport. Here in Norway it was easier to cross the fjord than pass the mountains.
But it seems that many cities forgot the efficiency of waterways. Streets with cars and buses got to dominate how people travel. Boats where left for the few long routes where bridges and tunnels did not work, but without the flexibility and frequency that people have come to expect from a moderns society.
It is time to turn the page again, to future where the waterways are back in fashion. To a future where a beautiful and functional passenger ferry provides flexibily and high frequency on the short trips, crossing the harbor, the river or the fjord.
Introducing the Hydrolift Smart City Ferry. Providing the flexibility and low cost of buses, with the calm experience only flowing water can provide. A white swan in a busy city – using the waterways that are already there.
The Smart City
The fourth industrial revolution brings us new opportunities to reshape our lives and our cities. We can think fresh thoughts on energy, transportation and communications. New technologies helps us solve old problems. Costs are coming down, reliability is improving.
Many cities see the potential, and are working strategically toward a goal of becoming a smart city. Knowing what people want, solving the problems and providing the solutions – faster, better and cheaper.
We are part of this exciting future. Integrating land-, air and water based traffic can optimize the flow for both the city and its inhabitants. Learning the needs and habits of its people, a smart city can provide better services. Gathering data while respecting individual privacy will help the city analyze, plan and manage traffic and transportations systems.
A smart ferry, working with a city’s mass transit system and bike share providers, can change how we move about in our cities. Let it flow.