Changing Mobility Habits

Between climate protection and commuting

In light of the new IPCC report, the question of how to make urban mobility sustainable remains highly topical. Between climate protection, commuter traffic and connecting peripheral areas, cities around the world are looking for smart solutions: mobility that is connected, digitized and data-driven. But what does this mean for the everyday mobility of their citizens? How do smart strategies affect daily urban life? Which KPIs and milestones can be used to measure the change?

Watch now!

You can watch the webinar from August 26th here.

14 cities, nine countries, many strategies

The study "The City of Tomorrow: Challenges and Solutions for Sustainable Urban Mobility" examines transportation concepts from 14 cities in Europe and Asia. It was produced in collaboration between the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the city of Cologne. The metropolis in North Rhine-Westphalia wants to evolve into a smart city by 2035 and is focusing on connected mobility and the expansion of public transport services.

The experts

The DILAX Lab on August 26th will host Dr. Kerstin Stark and Dr. Julia Schuppan, who co-wrote the study as Research Associates at the DLR. Dr. Kerstin Stark is a sociologist and co-founder of Changing Cities. The NGO campaigns for livable cities, especially for transportation alternatives to private motorized transport. Dr. Julia Schuppan is also a sociologist, and has been at DLR for two years. Her research also focuses on mobility. In her doctoral thesis, she investigated how mobility behavior changes over the course of a working life.

Concepts from Beijing to Mannheim

The transportation concepts evaluated in the study are as diverse as the countries they come from. In Beijing, a 6.5km bicycle highway between a residential neighborhood and the Shangdi Software Park opened at the end of May 2019, and between 4,000 and 6,000 people now ride on it daily. Rotterdam is also betting on bike highways. Mannheim is testing electric buses with inductive charging technology, and Liège, whose bus network covered 40% of the city's traffic, is building a new streetcar infrastructure.

Join the discussion

Local conditions influence the modal split and also affect the accessibility of public transport. Find out what solutions different cities have developed, how cultural and political structures influence planning behavior, and whether mobility planners are already asking the right questions at our DILAX Lab on Thursday, Aug. at 2 p.m. CET. Here you can register to participate in the livestream and the discussion with the experts.

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