“Solutions for a global challenge – Made in Germany” in the International Transportation, Issue 2, October 2015

Article from GPSM is featured in the English version of "Internationales Verkehrswesen"

International Transportation 1Under the headline “Looking ahead – Advanced transportation solutions”, the journal ‘International Transportation’ – an English version of ‘Internationales Verkehrswesen’ – issued the article “Solutions for a global challenge – Made in Germany“ (page 18-20) in their second english edition of 2015.

By gathering German knowledge and expertise, the GPSM makes a valuable contribution to the international dialogue on smart transportation and sustainable development worldwide. The friends of the GPSM already provide their services in various developing and emerging countries, whereas other members of the network develop new ideas and concepts towards sustainable transport solutions. Some of our friends’ expertise is outlined below:

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“Freedom Instead of Owning”

GPSM Panel Discussions at New Mobility World, IAA Frankfurt

That the IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) will eventually become a mobility show instead of a car trade show was one of the conclusions of the panel discussion “Sustainable Mobility through Digital Solutions” with Isabel Flores (ally), Florian Schimandl (Smartlane), Thomas Friderich (moovel) and Stephan Leppler (InnoZ). Innovative solutions might have the impact to lead a change, allowing a demand-driven planning of Transport.

Panel-IAAThe panel “Sharing mobility for greener cities and more living space” revealed that sharing a private car is not only a working model for western countries, but could also applied in developing and emerging countries as Malte Behrendt (private carsharing Tamyca) pointed out. Heiko Balsmayer (sustainable mobility association VCD) explained the importance of modal shift opportunities to make sharing models work. Valerian Seither (eMio scooter sharing) emphasised that the new status symbol is freedom rather than owning a car.

The German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility (GPSM) hosted two panels on Sharing Mobility and Sustainable Mobility through Digital Solutions at the New Mobility World of the IAA. Together with other innovative actors, GPSM presented the network and sustainable mobility concepts made in Germany with a booth in the Urban Solutions Market.

For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/germansustainablemobility

GPSM@IAA: Panel discussions on Sustainable Mobility

September 17th and 18th at Urban Solutions Market, New Mobility World, IAA Frankfurt

Join us at IAA – Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung! Find the GPSM booth in hall 3.1 (booth A31) and learn about our network and, of course, sustainable mobility concepts and solutions made in Germany. Additionally, on 17th and 18th of September, we will facilitate two panel discussions about sharing mobility and smart mobility.


Sharing mobility for greener cities and more living space

Ride, bike, car and parking space sharing in developing and emerging economies

17/09/2015 – 12 noon; panel with eMio, tamyca and VCD

18/09/2015 – 3:30pm; panel with scoo.me, Drivy and ParkU


Sustainable mobility through digital solutions

Smart, connected and digital urban mobility in developing and emerging economies

18/09/2015 – 5pm; panel with InnoZ, Moovel, Smartlane and Ally



Studio Schwitalla – an interview

Interview with Max Schwitalla of Studio Schwitalla, an interdisciplinary studio practicing architecture, contributing visions about urban mobility and exploring the mobile society through visual art

Max Schwitalla©Valeria PetkovaMax Schwitalla, architect and founder of interdisciplinary Studio Schwitalla, about the link between architecture and mobility, and rethinking mobility on a human scale.

GPSM: As an architect, the way people move is essential for you. How does it influence your work?

Max Schwitalla: Urban Mobility is literally the driving passion in our studio: The way how people move three-dimensionally through urban space is the fundamental and underlying approach in our research and experimental design. And maybe because I was a street skateboarder in my youth, I started to read cities differently, always on the move off the beaten paths. Read more

EURIST – an interview

jp 2015Jürgen Perschon, founder and executive director of EURIST (European Institute for Sustainable Transport), tells the GPSM community about the challenge of raising awareness among decision makers and his vision to decouple economic and social development from the growth of traffic.

GPSM: Could you briefly describe your consultancy and the main activities in the field of mobility and logistics?

Jürgen Perschon: As a non-profit organisation we want to help cities, governments and communities to develop good transport governance and reform their local and national transport systems to a more sustainable mode. We raise awareness and transfer best-practice knowledge to decision makers through lectures, seminars and workshops in order to create a basis for a paradigm change in mobility policy towards sustainable mobility for all. We believe that sustainable solutions consist of both technical and non-technical aspects and each local context needs a tailor-made package adapted to the specific geographical, cultural and social context.Read more

SOLUTIONS Project: Free online courses on sustainable mobility

Learn about innovative and green urban transport solutions in Europe and beyond!

SOLUTIONS stands for Sharing Opportunities for Low carbon Urban transporTatION. It is funded by the EU and has a focus on international knowledge sharing for innovative sustainable transport solutions. This fall, they are offering six online courses organized by GPSM partner Rupprecht Consult.


The SOLUTIONS courses are offered free of charge and are intended for professionals working in the field of urban mobility who wish to expand their knowledge and share their experiences with participants from around the world. No detailed pre-knowledge is required in order to participate. Each course is moderated by an expert in the field and includes tailored tasks and interactions with experts and other participants. The course content is accessible to you 24/7 for a period of five weeks, so you can go through them at your own pace.

The six course topics will cover each of the SOLUTIONS Thematic Clusters:

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (7 Sept. – 9 Oct. 2015)
Network and Mobility Management (21 Sept. – 23 Oct. 2015)
Clean Vehicles (5 Oct. – 6 Nov. 2015)
City Logistics (19 Oct. – 20 Nov. 2015)
Cycling Infrastructure (2 Nov. – 4 Dec. 2015)
Sustainable Public Transport (16 Nov. – 18 Dec. 2015)

Courses will be offered from 7 September 2015, starting every second Monday until 16 November 2015. Each course will run for five weeks, taking approximately two hours per week to complete.

Register by contacting Ms. Kristin Tovaas at k.tovaas(at)rupprecht-consult.eu, specifying which e-learning course or courses you would like to attend.

International participants, especially from outside of the EU, are invited to participate!


choice GmbH – An Interview

choice GmbH introduce themselves to the GPSM community.

Passfoto_Benjamin HägerBenjamin Häger, choice GmbH, talks about demand-oriented mobility planning in an interdependent world, the revival of the bicycle and the key role of municipalities in sustainable mobility planning.

GPSM: Could you briefly describe your consultancy and the main activities in the field of mobility and logistics?

Benjamin Häger: choice GmbH is an independent research and development organisation with comprehensive experiences in conceptualising innovative mobility services. Where mobility meets sustainable urban development, we focus on modern issues, e.g. bike and car sharing, e-mobility and smart forms of participative planning. In the projects, innovative technical solutions are flexibly combined with custom-made user applications. For instance, we create customised software solutions like online participation platforms or management tools to plan demand-orientated mobility infrastructure. Read more

Recommendations for Mobility Master Planning published

„Integrated mobility helps make mobility in cities more sustainable and climate-friendly,” says Professor Ahrens, Technical University of Dresden, commenting on the new release of the English translation of the Recommendations for Mobility Master Planning. The recommendations introduce a new bi-level working method that emphasises goal-oriented, comprehensive transport planning and integration with spatial development planning.Read more

SPOTLIGHT No. 2: Cities with no road fatalities – Road Safety Report

SPOTLIGHT No. 2 published

Vision Zero is the goal of road safety experts around the globe. The vision of zero road fatalities may in general still be far off: More than 1.2 million people are killed every year in traffic accidents worldwide. But still, Vision Zero is no utopia, as analyses of DEKRA Accident Research show.Read more

Ukrainian University meets GPSM friends

In early June a delegation from the Kharkiv National Automobile and Highway University were guests at the Universities TU Berlin and TU Dresden

_DSC0336In early June a delegation from the Kharkiv National Automobile and Highway University were guests at the Universities in Berlin (Technical University, Centre of Science and Technology) and Dresden (Technical University, Institute for Transportation Ecology) and exchanged with further members of the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility.

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