Claus Köllinger from Graz, Austria is an urban transport and mobility management expert representing the Urban Mobility Observatory Eltis.
In the frame of cities.mutlimodal, the City of Rostock cooperated with the municipal housing association, which goes by the name WIRO. The aim of the cooperation was to develop a mobility concept for the new housing area “Wohnen am Werftdreieck”, that WIRO is aiming to build from 2021 onwards. The housing area contains around 750 apartments and is perfectly located in the city center of Rostock, close to the river Warnow.
As an opening of the European Mobility Week (EMW) in September 2019, Vilnius invited its residents and guests to use and explore various means of transport. The ceremony was called „City hike: car, I’m sorry” (#AtleiskAutomobili!). For the first time, people travelling by bikes, scooters, skateboards, walking, etc. (🚌🚲🚶♀️🛴🚶♂️🚎) travelled from different sites of the city and gathered in one place – a square by the Parliament building.
To ensure that kids arrive to school safely, many parents drive their children to school. These so called ‘parent taxis’ not only have various negative effects on the children’s’ development, they also increase traffic jams and make the situation worse and even dangerous for children walking and cycling to school. The school in Ellerbek, Germany is affected by this problem, facing dangerous parent taxi maneuvering in front of the school daily.
The City of Tartu has organized a sort of a revolution in its public transportation system. The beginning of June 2019 brought the opening of the first bike-sharing system in Estonia and the first electric bike-sharing system of the Baltic States. In the end of June, the introduction of new buses and bus lines were introduced, they had been in the making for around 3 years.
The second train-the-trainer workshop took place in October 2019 and was organized in Vilnius in connection to the fourth project meeting. Just like the first workshop, the second was organized by the UBC in cooperation with Claus Köllinger from the Eltis consortium. The first workshop was held in Spring 2019 and covered the theme ‘behavioural change as an enabler for sustainable mobility’, you can read more about it here.
2019 has been the year of multimodality in Aarhus. In the pilot area, two mobility points have been constructed and the citizens are eager to start using them. The mobility points are amongst the measures implemented in Aarhus in 2019 that will improve the conditions for living in the city centre without a car. In April, The City of Aarhus made an agreement with a Swedish e-scooter company on a provision of 150 e-scooters in a shared scheme.
In early 2019 Gdansk, the number one city for cycling in Poland, launched their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) in English (PDF). With its geographical position the city is an important node in the Polish transport system, the city has developed harbor and airport connections and a highly developed transport infrastructure. However, prerequisites for the urban mobility where in need of an improvement.
CIVITAS Forum 2019 - cooperation, networking and sharing our experience with European mobility experts
This year´s CIVITAS Forum was held in Graz, Austria from October 2-4 2019 and it was the biggest one in it´s history! Over 600 participants from all over Europe and beyond took part in 3 days filled with presentations, sessions, discussions and networking. The cities.multimodal project was represented together with BSReletric and SUMBA at a stand to showcase the experiences from the Baltic Sea Region.
The 17th EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK in Tartu, Rostock, Karlskrona and Gdansk: free public transport, living streets and the Car-Free Day on the agenda
Autumn is approaching and so it's time for the 17th EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK organized all over Europe from 16th-22nd of September. The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK is a campaign promoting sustainable mobility options to the general population, the theme for 2019 is safe walking and cycling. The campaign is originally an initiative of the European Commission - Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport.
The report by the German Federal Statistical Office clearly reveals that pupils and kinds are not safe on their way to school and kindergarten. One reason are the so-called "parent taxis". In order to ensure that their kids arrive at schools and kindergarten safely, they bring them by car. Considering statistics about children as a car passenger in accidents, driving the kids is only an alleged feeling of safety. Particularly the increase of cars in front of schools and kindergartens makes the situation even worse for those kids still walking or cycling.
Within our project, the 10 city partners plan and implement a variety of different measures and activities – locally. But we would not be a project, founded by the Baltic Sea region programme, if not the aspect of cross-border...
“Welcome to the first cities.multimodal talkshow and these are our guests today…”!
Discussions about how mobility points can solve the challenges in sustainable mobility, panelists explaining how they work in MPs and a (quite) critical audience to convince!
This setting took place in the first cities.multimodal train-the-trainer workshop, in connection with the 3rd project meeting in Aarhus!
Big mobility point meet up with our colleagues from the Hanseatic Cities Bremen and Hamburg – 2nd Study visit
From 16th – 17th May 2019 our project partners and their local traffic planners were travelling to the Hanseatic Cities Bremen and Hamburg to learn from the cities’ experiences on how to plan and build mobility points. Today both cities have a dense network of these hubs and gave great advice on integrated mobility offers, location finding and communication strategies.
The cities.multimodal project consortium met in Aarhus, the second largest city of Denmark, for their third project meeting in mid-April. On the previous evening we got together at the Aarhus Street Food area, where we could taste all kind of different foods from all over the world and which is located in a very interesting venue.
On the next day we travelled out of the center to the meeting venue – the department for Technic and Environment is located in a very modern building directly in one of the recent developing areas of Aarhus.
IT solutions for travel planning like e.g. apps and websites that assist citizens and travellers in planning their journeys are important for encouraging multimodality.
The research for travel related IT-solutions in the project, conducted by the Institute of Baltic Studies (IBS) is based on three models for data collection. Firstly, a desk research has been conducted to map existing travel planning solutions elsewhere in Europe. The desk research provided an understanding of which kind of solutions that already exist and are technically possible to develop.
Charging cars without any CO2 emissions is now possible in the municipality of Karlskrona thanks to the hybrid powerplant ’Energiraffen’! The powerplant which can be found in the harbor area is not only for e-cars, other electrical vehicles such as e-bikes can also be charged. The generated energy will for example be used for charging the municipality’s own e-cars.
During two intensive days in Aarhus, Denmark the cities.multimodal project partners gathered for both the third project meeting and a training session. The training was facilitated in cooperation with Claus Köllinger from the urban mobility observatory ELTIS.
What are the success factors for well functioning mobility points and what kind of an impact does a mobility point have in increasing multimodality. These questions are investigated and answered in Renita Pais' master's thesis, in which the cities.multimodal partner cities Rostock, Vilnius and Pskov act as targets for the scope.