Upcoming Webinar: “(Reverse) Innovation“ – Shared Mobility and New Mobility Services

on Jan. 31st

Innovative shared mobility and new mobility services can be found in several emerging economies and developing countries. The growing accessibility of increasingly high-performing mobile devices connect services, providers and users. Against this background, traditional and sectoral models of transport services are increasingly supplemented by shared mobility and new mobility services. Peer-to-peer (P2P) car and bike sharing are important components of these new services. However, they are currently controversially discussed.

We are kindly inviting you to the webinar “Shared Mobility and New Mobility Services” on 31st of January 2018, from 13:00 to 14:15 (UTC+1).

This webinar will provide insights in the work of shared mobility providers from Egypt and China. It is inspired by the joint publication “Reverse Innovation – Rethinking Urban Transport through Global Learning” by GIZ on behalf of BMUB and the German Environment Agency. The launch of the publication in September 2017 in Berlin started the discussion on the potential of (reverse) innovation. You can download the publication here.

We primarily address interested professionals (from urban development, mobility as well as foundations, research institutions) and government representatives, who want to learn more about the innovative potential of emerging and developing countries in the field of mobility.

If you want to participate in the webinar, please register here.

Upcoming: Webinar „Gender and Urban Transport“

on Jan. 18th at 13:00 (UTC+1)

Many people recognize transport as gender neutral – though in fact, it´s not! Gender is a transversal dimension of social life and impacts travel behaviour, patterns, needs and accesses. Women and men have different pre-conditions, needs and restrictions for using transport. This has to be taken into consideration for all transport planning and projects to adequately meet the demand and to assure that transport is efficient and sustainable.

Want to know more? We cordially invite you to join our next SUTP-Webinar on “Gender and Urban Transport” on Thursday, January 18th at 13:00 (UTC+1).

Heather Allen is an international consultant on the topic and will point at that “tiny little difference” when it comes to transport and examine disparities in transport requirements of men and women, and Sonal Shah, Senior Manager at ITDP India, will introduce a policy approach to women and transport in Indian cities along with the use of SafetiPin as an approach to improve security in transport.

Please click here to register for the webinar.

In this webinar, we will jointly explore how gender issues pursue sustainable urban mobility in very practical terms. You will learn about gender considerations in transport planning, design and operation and we will hear about safety and security aspects in transportation. In a dynamic session, participants will have the possibility for immediate questions.

For warming up, find out more on women and transport with our factsheet from the iNUA series, take a look at the SaftiPin application, or read our recent interview on women and cycling in India.

Yours sincerely,

the SUTP-Webinar-Team


Just as transportation systems define the structure of the city, gender defines the structure of society. Women face more restrictions to mobility, and their travel patterns differ from those of men due to their differences in needs and tasks, and also because they generally have less time available and access to resources. At the same time, women are in higher risk of being victim of crime and violence. Therefore, women have different requirements of transport systems and space, and these diverse perspectives need to be integrated into planning. Without this, transportation, planning and projects will not adequately meet demand.

Mayors as well as administrations play an essential role in making transport gender sensitive, and gender must be considered in all stages of the planning process: data collection, planning and design, implementation and monitoring. Key issues to be tackled are the support of women’s participation in decision-making, the improvement in accessibility, safety and comfort of transport modes and the planning of transport services in response to gender needs.

Not including gender in transport planning, design and operation leads to inefficiencies in the transport system, to economic disadvantage and limitation of potential.

To find out more about the specifics of gender in transport this webinar will share knowledge, examples and innovative ideas from around the globe for inclusive and safe transport.

Questions we will explore include:

  • What exactly are the differences in gender and transport use?
  • How can you measure and evaluate gender in transport?
  • What are good examples to learn from?
  • What does this mean for decision-makers?
  • What lessons can be learnt for other countries or regions?
  • Where can I get more information?


Heather Allen is an independent consultant with more than 20 years international of experience and is a highly regarded expert in gender, urban transport, sustainable development and climate change. She has worked at UITP, the International Association of Public Transport and with the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory’s Sustainable Transport Group. Since becoming an independent consultant, her projects include an international review of women’s personal security, gender and urban transport and a major study on this in three Latin American Cities (Buenos Aires, Quito and Santiago).

Sonal Shah is an architect and urban planner. Currently she is the Senior Manager of the Institute of Transportation and Development Policy, where she is guiding the urban planning and gender strategy, projects, research and capacity building initiatives. She has issued various publications on such topics, among others the Women and Urban Transport Policy Brief together with Safetipin. Prior to her current position, she has worked as an independent consultant, and a consultant for the Indian Institute for Human Settlements.

Discover Bonn

The Sustainable Urban Transport Guide Bonn

Discover Bonn

The Sustainable Urban Transport Guide Bonn

Explore Bonn with the new Sustainable Urban Transport Guide by the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility!

The guide lets you discover Bonn by sustainable transport. It features three tours in the city center and along the Rhine. The guide provides you with facts on Bonn’s intermodal transport philosophy, the public transport network and the city’s projects concerning sustainable transport. In addition, the guide presents different initiatives by the City of Bonn, several companies and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH GIZ.

On top, it features numerous links to documents and informative material on general traveller’s information, sightseeing and bike trips.

The guide has been published on the special occasion of the Transport Days at COP23 November 6.-17.2017.

You can download the Guide here !

Find a detailed plan of the tour here !

The guide is launched for the special occasion of the COP23.

New SUTP Factsheet Series – Implementing the New Urban Agenda (iNUA)

First policy recommendation paper released on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP)

In October 2016, country and city representatives agreed on the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in Quito, which forms an ambitious baseline for sustainable urban development until 2030. GIZ-SUTP is contributing to the NUA by a new Factsheet Series. The series addresses mayors and practitioners, outlines strategies that are crucial for realizing the objectives of the NUA and provides very practical recommendations for heading forward.

The compact 4-page documents are designed in a way, that mayors and decision-makers can rapidly gain an overview on the rationale and the practicability of the presented tool, measure or strategic approach. This is followed by practical recommendations on how to initiate implementation and further selected sources on the specific issue.

The first SUTP iNUA Factsheet will focus on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans as a practical tool for identifying and shaping actions for sustainable mobility – oriented on high feasibility of implementation. SUMPs integrate well into overarching Urban Development Plans and strategies and follow an inclusive and participative approach.

Download  it here.

You like this fact sheet?
We are currently working on further Factsheets on cycling, road safety, gender-sensitive planning and other topics, so we recommend to regularly check our website for updates.


Public Transport – Queen of hearts

Raising popularity of Public Transportaiton

The problem with mobility is that everybody wants it with as little effort as possible. Motivation can run low in opting for public transport and this is an issue that needs to be addressed. Furthermore, popularity needs to grow if people are to change their habits and ultimately change the face of daily mobility.

An article appeared fairkehr in 2016 addressing motivating factors and illustrating how these have already been successfully implemented in some place. They are not farfetched or unrealistic and the examples included can be found in Germany and are applicable today in many places. To raise popularity simple solutions are suggested:

  • Make the system simple to use. It does not have to be free but ticketing can be used to one’s advantage: RMV has introduced E-Ticketing, Tübingen has a citizen’s card, and many cities have introduced Tourist Tickets. Introducing target group ticketing has two advantages: making mobility cheaper and making it easier to use on a wider scale.
  • Make the system convenient. Connections are vital for gaining commuters. Where direct connections cannot be made, focus needs to be given to multimodal points of transfer. Rheinland-Pfalz has implemented a state-wide interval timetable. Leipzig has concentrated on multimodal combinations between public transport and cycling stations, for private and sharing systems.
  • Make the system accessible. Accessibility takes shape in many forms. For people with any disabilities and barriers in personal mobility it is even more important to be able to guarantee access. Making stations, stops and vehicles accessible for all assures mobility and satisfaction for all customers (e.g. the vehicles in use by Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe DVB). This also includes seniors, families and children. Additionally, as in all relationships, communication is key. The communication with customers must be open and available: signs, apps, publications. All have shown to be successful at developing interest and maintaining good relationship.
  • Make the system ever-present. Presence of mobility aside from personal cars can be a tough one to address in smaller and rural communities and even more so as evening turns to night. Low customer numbers are not an excuse to take the opportunity of mobility from them. Creative solutions can be found. Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund (MDV) has introduced minimum intervals of 2 hours, even into the evening and so expanding their services beyond education commuters. The municipality Uckermark in Brandenburg is running a combi-bus, which transports goods to supplement low customer numbers.
  • Last but not least, don’t forget that good spirits make dedicated public transport users. Bogestra has introduced customer carers to fulfill this purpose.

Good public transportation needs to be many things, but what we have learned from the points above is that puplic transportation needs to be liked. It cannot be a chore. It cannot be the most tedious part of the day. Using multimodal and public transportation needs to become as routine to daily life as getting ready in the morning. On this path of motivation seemingly complicated issues can be addressed through simple solutions and commitment.

For the original article and a fun info-graphic (both in German) click here.

Less people die in traffic

While the number of traffic accidents is increasing, the number of traffic deaths decreases again.

The number of traffic fatalities in Germany is at a record low. Last year as few people have died on German streets as has not been the case since 1953. But still: In 2016, 396.666 road users were injured. A total number of 3206 died as a result of an accident which is a decrease of 253 deaths (10.9%) compared to 2015. Since 1970, when the number of deadly accidents was around 21.000, the count steady went down only with diverting exceptions (Between 2014 and 2015 the number of accidents increased again slightly). The development is all the more pleasing because although the stock of registered automobiles has more than doubled.

The promising development has several reasons including transportation regulations like the introduction of helmet, belt and child seat compulsion, speeding limits in- and outside of towns, improved vehicle technology and safety, road building measures and increased enforcement. The main reasons of road accidents with damage to persons on German roads are insufficient distance, speeding, inobservance of right of way, wrong behavior to cyclists and pedestrians and drunk driving. The total number of accidents 2016, whether people were injured or not, is 2,585,191 which is 0.8 % less than officials recorded in 2015. The German Government set a goal for 2020 to lower the count of traffic related deaths by about 40%. The European Union aims to bisect the traffic deaths in Europe by 2020.


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‚Transport as usual is not an option.‘

More than 80 Transport Practitioners engaged in TUMI-Conference on Urban Mobility Governance at the side of the International Transport Summit 2017


Whether in Addis Ababa, Leipzig or in Kaohsiung – sound transport governance plays a key role in improving the liveability of cities and mitigating climate change. More than 80 transport officials engaged in a conference run by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) along the International Transport Summit 2017 in Leipzig, Germany for 2 days, highlighting the relevance and the potential of stronger collaboration on urban mobility governance in African Cities.


“Transport as usual is not an option” said Dr. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, Deputy Director General for Strategy and Policy Planning of BMZ, in her opening address. Inadequate infrastructure and services hinder economic development of cities and countries around the world every day. Africa alone loses 2% of its economic potential each year. While trying to enhance quality, safety and affordability of sustainable mobility options for their citizens, transport officials are often confronted with the need to think out of the box and create wide coalitions, even with initially opposing stakeholders.


During the conference the urban planners and creative minds from entire Sub-Saharan Africa explored municipal transport governance, brought contrary and joint views of challenges and solutions and findings from up-to-date research to one table. Along the TUT-POL framework (Transforming Urban Transport – The Role of Political Leadership) of Harvard University, the participants took the perspectives on urban development and mobility governance of fellow planners and won insights as well as entry points for their local mobility challenges.


Many ambitious mobility projects are in preparation in Sub-Saharan Cities – Addis Ababa, Daressalam and Cape Town have already proven the potential for urban transformation through bus rapid transit, light rail systems and non-motorised transport infrastructure. Many more exciting projects are at the drawer and wait for implementation. To succeed, mobility projects need to be well framed within local policies and citizen needs. They must include the right stakeholders and technical and political capacity for transport built up must be ensured. Thus, the need for strong political leadership and institutions was highlighted as key for sustainable infrastructure solutions during the conference.


The event took place under the umbrella of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI). The ambitious initiative was launched at HABITAT-III in Quito in October 2016 with its partners the Asian Development Bank (ADB), C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the BMZ, ICLEI, the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP), Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), UN-Habitat and the World Resources Institute (WRI). TUMI combines the expertise and knowledge of all its partners and supports cities in developing countries and emerging economies in implementing sustainable urban mobility projects.


More information can be found on transformative-mobility.org. Pictures of the event are available on our SUTP Flickr page!


Discover Leipzig is now available in French.

Just in time for the TUMI Practitioners’ Conference the Sustainable Urban Transport Guide Leipzig is available in French.

Discover Leipzig_FrenchIt features four tours that will let you discover the city using sustainable transport modes. In contains valuable information on the sights you will pass by and on Leipzig’s history and transport development.

The guide provides you with facts on mobility in Leipzig, e.g. bike-sharing and car-sharing as well as on the public transport network, regional and local transport companies, railway networks, ticketing and pricing.

On top, it features links to extensive informative material on general traveller’s information, sightseeing in Leipzig and bike trips.

Download the guide in EN and FR

Looking for New Directions in Urban Mobility?


The FIA Smart Cities initiative brings expertise gained in the motorsports as well as knowledge in the field of mobility to the cities that are committed to promote sustainable transport solutions.

The FIA Smart Cities builds on the Formula E Championship, where electricity-powered cars race in the heart of cities around the world.

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SUTP-Webinar – National decarbonisation strategies in the transport sector: the example of Germany (Monday, May 8) – SUTP

SUTP_WebinarWe cordially invite you to join the first SUTP webinar in 2017 about national decarbonisation strategies in the transport sector on Monday, May 8! With the historical climate agreement in Paris the international community set itself an ambitious target for climate protection. To reduce global warming below 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level, decarbonisation is the key issue that will define the debate over the future of the world’s energy and transport systems.

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