Rostock took a big step towards multimodality. On Monday, 11th May, the city inaugurated the first three mobility points, combining car-sharing and cargo bike-sharing.
After two years of concept development and planning, the city opened the first three mobility points (“mobilpunkt”) on May 11th 2020. Located in the densely populated pilot area “Kröpeliner-Tor-Vorstadt”, the mobility points provide space for car sharing and the brand new cargo bike sharing system HRO-BIKE. An information pillar of 3,8 meters height provides information on the available mobility offers at the mobility point and in the surrounding area.
With the new mobility points, the City of Rostock wants to facilitate the interchange between different sustainable transport modes and aims to encourage multimodal travel behaviour. Whenever possible, they are located close to public transport stops for bus and tram. A further objective is to promote the sharing idea: ‘using’ instead of ‘owning’ transport modes as a good alternative to private car ownership. Making cargo bikes and cars available for sharing can help to reduce car ownership rate and the parking pressure in dense inner-city quarters.
With the opening of the mobility points a new small cargo bike sharing system, called HRO-BIKE was inaugurated as well. Three cargo bikes, one at each mobility point, are now available for usage 24/7. Booking of these bikes is possible via App or RFID cards for up to six hours. The mobility points also provide better service to cyclists. Not only additional bicycle racks have been build but also a new public bicycle repair stand is installed at one of the locations - air pumps and tools are available for spontaneously fixing a broken tire or so.
These three mobility point pilots are blue prints for a future city-wide network. Rostock will intensively evaluate the success of these first three mobility points and integrated mobility offers and in the future develop a concept for a whole network.
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Text: Mrs. Lisa Wiechmann, Hanseatic City of Rostock, staff unit mobility management, project coordinator EU BSR project cities.multimodal, email@example.com