In the beginning of September the cities.multimodal project partners visited Copenhagen (DK) and Malmö (SWE) for a study visit. The aim was to learn from these two frontrunners in terms of sustainable mobility and city planning. A special focus was given to the involvement of citizens into planning processes.To get a hands-on experience of the biking culture and infrastructure in both cities the site visit participants used rental-bikes as their primary mode of transportation.
At the Municipality of Copenhagen the mobility professionals Helene Albinus Søgaard, Kristine Munkgård Pedersen and Klaus Grimar presented their strategies on how to benefit from urban planning when creating mobility solutions and on how to create a dialogue with citizens when remaking public spaces. Anna Thormann Boesen from the NPO Gate21 presented the Moving People Projects and talked about how the Capital Region of Denmark, surrounding municipalities, the traffic company Movia and the Technical University of Denmark work together with 100 local companies to promote sustainable commuting by implementing mobility management solutions.
Mr Erik Hjulmand from the Danish Cyclist’s Federation discussed the development of Copenhagen becoming a cyclist city. He stated that even if Copenhagen is considered to be the best biking city in the world there are still adjustments that could be made to improve biking, e.g. could the traffic lights for bike lanes be more coordinated. To demonstrate this Mr Hjulmand took the participants on a guided bike tour in the city center of Copenhagen.
In Malmö the participants visited the City Hall where Andreas Nordin from the Property and Road Unit presented the SUMP of Malmö. The site visit was wrapped up with a second guided bike tour in Västra Hamnen by Lotta Hanson from the City Infrastructure Unit of Malmö.
In the cities.multimodal project, city partners are testing different innovative tools and methods for citizen involvement during the next year. Stay tuned for their experiences and recommendations!