For his part, Jean-Dominique Senard, argued for regulations that kept the "playing field" level for mobility stakeholders. He also pointed out that, besides development driver mobility, we must incorporate carbon, the circular economy and other social issues into our planning and actions.
This was seconded by Kate White, who thinks that Americans need to be weaned off their car addiction by experimenting with new mobility options, while enacting regulations to abide by the Paris Agreement, at least in big U.S. cities."
Experiment, yes, but in Bertrand Piccard's view, nothing can or will be done unless it (protecting the environment) is profitable. "We have to be logical, not ecological," he said, noting that change is successful only if users see the benefit and aren't scared off by the burden. "Make people want to change!" he hammered home.
But what if in the end it all comes down to boldness? That was the conclusion on which the opening day of Movin'On 2018 wrapped up. For Montreal's mayor, being bold means not building more roads, but increasing the number of mobility solutions. For Michelin's CEO, it's investing in the circular economy by marketing increasingly recyclable and recycled tires. And for the Californian Deputy Secretary, it's swimming against the dominant cultural tide. It means being bold enough to always approach mobility systemically, by including public health in considerations for example.
And to boldly pioneer, said Bertrand Piccard, himself a trailblazer, in conclusion: "Looking stupid at first and with hindsight doing what was really the only thing to do."