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We are all mobile in our everyday lives. How can we create efficient, city and environmentally compatible offers for the various mobility needs? How can the necessary paths be organised in a sustainable, resource-efficient and user-friendly way? How do we have to intelligently rebuild our cities and long-term infrastructure?

On the way to the future of mobility

Mobility needs in cities are increasing - especially with increasing numbers of inhabitants. As a result, both motorised private transport as well as buses and trains are increasingly reaching their capacity limits. The conflicts of use around the limited street and traffic area intensified. Traffic emissions that are harmful to health and the environment, such as noise, CO2, NOx and fine particles are also on the rise - and doubts about the dominance of motorised private transport in public spaces are also growing. Not only there, because parked cars also block private areas that cannot be used as green, play or exercise areas.
The further development of e-mobility and autonomous driving with the necessary infrastructure is a major (technical) political challenge. At the same time, digitisation and new mobility services offer convenient options for combining different modes of transport and strengthening the environmental aspects.

What the mobility of the future could look like

In the cities, many people consciously opt for environmentally friendly mobility. There is growing acceptance for a fundamental change of policy. Local authorities are already implementing a wide range of steps towards climate and environmentally compatible, sustainable and post-fossil mobility. In the modal split - the choice of means of transport - the proportion of environmentally friendly modes of transport should be increased significantly at the expense of motorised private transport. Some measures are indispensable for this, for instance

  • expanded networks
  • improvements in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure
  • improved transfer opportunities and offers
  • further expansion of intelligent traffic management.

Traffic is effectively avoided in the mixed-use “city of short distances”. To this end, sustainable mobility concepts (SUMP - Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans) are developed, which not only provide information on mobility management, traffic organisation and traffic infrastructure, but also on the "fair division" of the road space and on suitable participation processes for planning and implementation. This is where new ideas for neighbourhoods can arise.
As part of the National Urban Development Policy, topic-based partnerships for the implementation of the Urban Agenda for the EU are developed, for example sustainable mobility concepts, which are discussed as best practice projects. Beyond, good experiences from innovative pilot projects are already practically applied to competitions for sustainable mobility.