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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about the comprehensive approach for road safety in Germany – Infographic.
Malaysia has been confirmed as the host of Clean Air Asia’s 10th Better Air Quality (BAQ) Conference in 2018. The signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on September 14 with next year’s co-organizer, the Clean Air Forum Society of Malaysia (MyCAS), officially kicked off the preparations for Asia’s largest and most prestigious air quality gathering, to be held in Kuching City, Sarawak, in November 2018. Together, Clean Air Asia and MyCAS will convene the biennial event at the Sarawak Convention and Exhibition Centre, where at least 600 policymakers, practitioners and industry leaders will gather to develop solutions for cleaner air and livable cities.
Upcoming: 2nd International Summer School 2018 "Sustainable Mobility- Made in Leipzig"
The 2nd International Summer School “Sustainable Mobility – Made in Leipzig” is taking place from August 5th to 11th in Leipzig/Germany. The summer school is a joint effort of the Technical University of Dresden, the City of Leipzig and the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI).
The International Summer School 2018 focuses on presentations and discussions about different topics of sustainable mobility and urban development. The inputs will be presented by experts of the universities in Dresden, Trier and Vienna and international speakers from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), C40 Finance Facility (CFF) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Additionally, urban practitioners from Durban (South Africa), Santiago de Chile (Chile), Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg (Russia) and Lviv (Ukraine) will present their personal experiences in the field of sustainable mobility.
Besides the lectures the following workshops will be offered: 1. The new role for the Promenadenring in 2030 2. Participation in the planning process 3. Pedestrianization of cities for the future 4. Bicycle planning in cities
The local input will be provided by the City of Leipzig, including site visits by foot and on bike. A copy of the sustainable travel guide for Leipzig will be presented by GIZ and is also available for download under: http://www.german-sustainable-mobility.de/
The International Summer School is free of charge. For participants from Central and Eastern Europe, there will be the possibility to apply for a (partial) refund for accommodation and travelling expenses. In addition, a limited number of participants from developing and emerging countries can apply for funding of travel costs by TUMI Initiative.
We 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.
In some urban districts, bicycles have evolved into status symbols and in recent years, the sales of electric bicycles have risen sharply. According to the manufacturer association Conebi, Germany has, with around 40 percent, the largest share of the electric bicycle market. A total of around 21 million bicycles and e-bikes are sold in the European Union every year and approximately 13 million bicycles were also produced here.
The new TU Berlin MBA “Sustainable Mobility Management” is receiving applications until May 31st. Don’t miss the opportunity to acquire new skills in this growing and highly relevant area. The MBA targets transport engineers, transport and mobility experts, planners, architects, and sustainability project managers who want to gain in-depth, special knowledge in the field of sustainable mobility management. The growing environmental impact of transport systems, as well as their energy voracity, requires new approaches and new concepts. Read more