Enabling Change, the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility

Freight transport has become focused on containerization, although bulk transport is used for large volumes of durable items. Transport plays an important part in economic growth and globalization, but most types cause air pollution and use large amounts of land. While it is heavily subsidized by governments, good planning of transport is essential to make traffic flow and restrain urban sprawl. BYPAD is a certified process to reflect the quality level of the cycling policy in a town through differentiation in nine different modules. Based on the resulting quality score a bicycle action plan is prepared to serve as a guideline for further cycling policy.

The duty to strive towards achieving equal living conditions is also established in thnstitution of the Free state of Saxony. Both are essential guidelines for modern and future transport development. Transport is not an end In itself!

The Central Meetbike approach was promoted at its ‘Bike Academy’ training programme to raise awareness among professionals and ensure that people living in a city take part in the action plan. The academy adapted materials used by a programme run by the Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik, with the help of the Technical University Dresden.

The side event of the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility will give further information on the implementation of the initiative, its purpose and further steps. Join our panel discussion if you are interested in the GPSM and take the opportunity to discuss with the participants. The Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure sets up an exemplary SUMP supporting program – for planning as well as for implementation. The former ECF President and the World Cycling Alliance talks about active mobility modes as a backbone for SUMP.

Mr. Michael Gruber (KfW) shared his experience working in transport in a multilateral development bank. In the following panel discussion led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerd-Axel Ahrens (TU Dresden), the panellists responded to questions from the audience on further steps of the partnership as well as on how to join it. As a passionate champion of sustainable urban mobility, UITP is internationally recognised for its work to advance the development of this critical policy agenda.

European regulations and national ordinances implementing them (e.g. on air pollution control) impose changes which often have a major effect on mobility and transport development. Total investment for the project “Central MeetBike – sustainable transport in Central European Cities through Improved integrated bicycle promotion and international networking” is EUR 2 762 572, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 2 271 743 from the Operational Programme “CENTRAL EUROPE” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. The Sub-Head of the Urban Planning Department, Mobility Strategies talks about the SUMP of Vienna with special focus on health objectives, governance and stakeholder involvement. The first Bicycle Policy Audit has been conducted in Dresden as part of the Central MeetBike project.

This includes analysing problems and shortcomings in the Dresden transport system, identifying aims and priorities for future transport policies, setting out development scenarios and, in some cases, making them into strategies for action. For this reason, in Dresden – as in other cities which compile Transport Development Plans – transport providers, related authorities, associations, unions, institutions, chambers, city council groups, the scientific community, regional authorities and representatives of other interests have been called upon to play an active part in creating the 2025plus TDP.

gerd-axel ahrens

Smart and Healthy Municipal Public Transport

From 1983 to 1985 he was trained as a “Baureferendar”, a qualification for head-positions in municipal administrations in Germany. From 1977 to 1978, he worked as a transport consultant in Vienna/Austria. Franz Marré (BMZ) and Falk Heinen (BMUB) introduced the GPSM‘s objectives, challenges and its future direction in the beginning of the session. Through enhanced dialogue between developed and developing countries, the GPSM aims to support the implementation of sustainable transport solutions in a comprehensive manner.

The Deputy Mayor of the City of Paris talks about the sustainable urban mobility policy of his city. 16% of all trips are made by bike in Dresden, which is the double the share cycling had 10 years ago. To further increase the use of bicycles in transport, the city is working on a number of local and European projects, incl. Central MeetBike. Paris’ Deputy Mayor Christophe Najdovski talks about the sustainable urban mobility policy of his city.

His special research areas are sustainable integrated urban mobility planning, mobility research and integrated urban road design. National and European laws and directives set out the fundamental conditions for transport development planning. The City of Dresden will actively shape these conditions.

As a platform for exchanging knowledge, expertise and experiences, GPSM supports the transformation towards sustainability in mobility and logistics in developing and emerging countries. It is a network of academia, business, civil society and associations.

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