The German Government sets New Sustainability Parameters for City Life
While the population of large cities in Germany is increasing and getting more culturally diverse, various challenges have to be met. There is a need for more workplaces and mixed living quarters that include places for integration and recreational spaces. A compact city structure should combine high-quality infrastructure and a well-suited transport system.
In this context, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) recently proposed new sustainability parameters for urban habitation. Besides new affordable living spaces and inner city workplaces, the major themes are sustainable mobility and clean air.Read more
On Nov 27, the cities of Essen and Mülheim celebrate the opening of the fast cycling way ‘RS1’, linking Mülheim Central Station and Essen’s city boundary. The first phase ensures safe cycling almost without any interruptions over a length of five kilometres.
This is just the first part of the ambitious cycle path project which will connect Duisburg and Hamm over a distance of 101 kilometres. It thereby crosses the whole Ruhrgebiet, mainly re-using old railway tracks of the area of industrialisation. Meant for every-day com muting, this cycle path is not mainly about enjoying the landscape, but leads you discover the regional heritage of the coal era from a totally new perspective. This project also carries forward the idea of Essen and the Ruhrgebiet being European Culture Capital in 2010.
With its extensive climate protection strategy, Germany has provided a fertile framework for innovation. Many diverse mobility solutions have been developed and implemented by German companies, cities and initiatives. This brochure presents ten hands-on approaches to climate-friendly mobility and green logistics. It includes concrete projects in the areas of urban passenger and freight transport, Read more
The contribution of an HGV, coach and car toll to the environment-oriented financing of transport infrastructure
A distance-based toll for HGV, coaches and cars makes it possible to set differentiated charges for infrastructure and other costs incurred by society as a result of road traffic – for instance, environmental costs. Frequent drivers pay more than occasional drivers, resulting in positive ecological and traffic steering effects and which is why the use of this instrument in Germany should be expanded. The time-based vignette is not a meaningful solution, since it amounts to a flat rate charge for frequent road users and generates almost no environmental or traffic steering effects.
To read the full publication by UBA (Umweltbundesamt), the Environmental Protection Agency, please visit UBA’s website.
Interview with Katina Schneider of Match Rider, an interactive ride-sharing platform designed for everyday and spontaneous trips.
Stressing ridesharing as a sustainable mode of transportation, Katina Schneider, Co-Founder and Business Developer of Match Rider, elaborates on specific advantages of ridesharing for commuters. Additionally, there are many opportunities for app-based or dynamic ridesharing innovation in many developing and emerging countries .
GPSM: Could you briefly describe Match Rider’s concept and explain what distinguishes you from other ridesharing platforms?
Katina Schneider: Match Rider is a web and mobile platform designed to help people share rides. It focuses on short to mid-distance routes (typically less than 100 km), especially regularly scheduled commutes. Drivers using this dynamic platform set their route and Match Rider determines the best pick-up and drop-off points along the route (called Match Points). The system works like public transportation where each Match Point has a schedule associated with it, just like a bus schedule. Passengers can book drivers at specific times and locations on our website, iOS or Android app. Signing up to Match Rider is free and passengers pay the driver a fee of 10 Eurocents per kilometer. For instance, a distance of 20 km would only cost 2 Euros, making Match Rider a very affordable form of mobility.Read more
Let’s make our cities better than ever! GPSM participated in the CIVITAS Forum 2015 in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s enchanting capital. This year’s CIVITAS Forum was themed “Sharing the City”. Advancing sustainable urban transport shall serve as the backbone of an accessible, liveable city with a high standard of living. GPSM contributed by presenting its friend’s innovative solutions, which were highly valued by city representatives as well as by planners and strategists of various other organisations, NGOs and companies.
Day 1 envisaged discussions on subjects such as bike-sharing, multimodality and travel planning, as well as introducing best practices from the CIVINET national networks and open data to improve mobility.
Day 2 offered two different sets of parallel sessions, touching on topics such as E-busses, designing urban mobility infrastructure, mobility management, and alternative fuels.
Last but not least, Day 3 brought pivotal insight on urban mobility for the next generation, company mobility management, and mobility solutions for a more inclusive city.
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Article from GPSM is featured in the English version of "Internationales Verkehrswesen"
Under 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:
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.
The 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.
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
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, 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