Future of urban traffic
The importance of mobility in our everyday life continues to grow. Experts around the world are busy looking for ways to guarantee easy access to this commodity also in future.
Next to environmental aspects, mobility is another top priority area in sustainable urban development projects. The key word for those responsible is “mobility management compatible with cities”. The growing number of specialist conferences on this subject shows that people around the world are well aware of the problem future mobility presents.
Options like integrated mobility can work. Photo: DOPPELMAYR
international Mobility congress
The congress in La Paz showed that public transport can only run efficiently if it is organized in integrated systems. This is important to remember especially in rapidly growing cities.
Both the growing number of private passenger cars and new individual transport offerings (such as Uber) contribute to traffic flow problems. Around 50 participants from Bolivia, Zimbabwe and India came to La Paz to share their experiences and learn about integrated urban mobility systems.
Both the Mobility congress in la paz and the international transport days in salzburg brought together many interested visitors. Photos: SI/Mair
A workshop was jointly organized for them by UN Habitat, Mi Teleférico and the Ministry for Public Works, Services and Housing with the friendly assistance of DOPPELMAYR Seilbahnen GmbH. Through these representatives congress participants learned about the planning, imple- mentation, operation, financing and maintenance of urban cableway systems in the form of training courses and onsite visits.
The purpose of the program was to draw attention to the connection between increasing urbanization and the expected expansion of motorized traffic and clarify the importance of implementing integrated solutions in the area of public transport.
The Mayor of Hallstatt, Alexander Scheutz, talked about mobility challenges faced by the city. During his speech entitled: Hallstatt – the Price of World Fame.
Problems, goals & possible solutions
The aim of this interactive event was to introduce an alternative paradigm for urban mobility targeted at better access through the implementation of a more efficient, inclusive, safe, affordable and clean transport that is well integrated into active mobility forms. Stefanie holzwarth from the Urban Mobility Unit believes that one possible solution is to center transport planning on peoples’ needs.
Access to destinations within cities should be improved through compact, multipurpose use of transit cor- ridors. Other mobility providers, such as Puma Katari and Wayna Bus, as well as Mi Tren, offered insight into their ongoing efforts to combine their systems with other mobility solutions in La Paz and El Alto. Another goal of the workshop was to support the inclusion of urban mobility into the Bolivian national urban policy.
Claartje van Ette, manager from City in Balance (Amsterdam) pointed out the importance of designing cities to be not only tourist-friendly but also friendly to their own residents.
International transport days in salzburg
Inclusion of mobility as a way to achieve sustainable urban development is important not only for Bolivian cities. The 16th International Transport Days in Salzburg (Salzburger Verkehrstage) had the same goal. Here, the main emphasis was laid at (excessive) tourism. The purpose of this annual mobility congress was not to present concrete mobility solutions but rather to critically analyze and scrutinize the current state of affairs.
Trust is placed especially in the inno- vative strength of strong Austrian and European providers. “Their innovations could simply be picked up by policy makers – but unfortunately, this happens rarely,” comments Peter Haibach, head of Forum Mobil. But whether it is transport of com- muters in La Paz or transport of tourists in Salzburg at stake, the task remains the same – to push individual means of transport out of cities.
Andreas gfrerer from the Altstadtverband Salzburg, Romain Molitor from Klima aktiv, Georg Overs, Managing Director of Region Villach Tourismus and Ludwig richard, the representative of a bus company, all analyzed this issue from their various perspectives. They agreed on the importance of sustainable preservation of the urban culture and, where possible, to free up destination-specific congested areas.
Mobility needs of commuters, as well as those of visitors of all ages must continue to be met as mobility represents a part of life in every single city. It is therefore necessary to identify the exact needs of the given city before a mobility project can be effectively planned and implemented. Demand for infrastructure and mobility offerings continues to grow. Experts warn that if cities are to prosper in the future, it is necessary to take action immediately. tm
Business developer Werner Kutil introduced, among other things, a new plan to reduce congestion in cities with the use of a multimodal information system.