Despite a worldwide increase in burdensome traffic, suitable tools to create sustainable mobility and evaluate transport projects are still missing. Limited access to examples of international best practice and academic program’s poor coverage of sustainable urban mobility are often the reason why there is only limited capability to formulate coherent urban transport policy. For this reason, the Academy of Sustainable Urban Mobility was founded in 2017.
Implementation of global responsibilities, such as the fulfillment of the climate treaty, can be achieved only through joint efforts of governmental and non-governmental entities, civil society and the private sector. The DOPPELMAYR group has shown great interest in developing sustainable mobility solutions for global challenges regarding infrastructure.
The Academy’s goal is to equip decision- makers with the knowledge and tools necessary to evaluate the existing mobility challenges and produce feasible strategies and measures for a more sustainable, safe, inclusive, efficient and clean mobility. Decision- makers should be encouraged to develop an alternative paradigm for these areas and thus improve the system of public transport.
The Academy wants to create a knowledge base and partnership platform for the exchange of information and thus support future projects in this field. Infrastructure network, together with buildings and open spaces, are among the main features characterizing any city and we must keep in mind that the challenges existing in the mobility sector are global.
AoSUM (Academy of Substainable Urban Mobility) targets decision-makers who want to develop a better understanding of sustainable and innovative urban mobility solutions and be able to exchange their experiences with the like-minded. Representatives of local, regional or national governments, transport operators and transport authorities are eligible to apply.
Aus über 300 Bewerbungen wurden insgesamt 51 Teilnehmer aus 28 Ländern ausgewählt, um den Akademien 2017 und 2018 beizutreten. Geboten wurden den Interessenten Experten aus den unterschiedlichen Bereichen, sowie die jeweilige Expertise der anderen Kursteilnehmer. So konnten innovative und partizipatorische Konzepte der Workshop Planung und Design- Thinking im Zuge der Akademie angewendet werden.
Die Akademie wurde außerdem mit Studienreisen und Workshops abgerundet. Die Teilnehmer besuchten unter anderem erstmals die Koblenzer Seilbahn, ein städtebauliches Referenzprojekt von DOPPELMAYR. Hier konnte man sich auch von den umwelttechnischen Vorteilen eines solchen Projektes überzeugen. Weiters konnten die Beteiligten direkt sehen, wie gut sich eine solche Anlage in ein urbanes Planungskonzept einbringen lässt.
Doppelmayr, als Gründungspartner von AoSUM, hat eine Schlüsselrolle bei der Planung, Organisation und Durchführung der Akademie gespielt. Diese Capacity Development-Aktivität trägt dazu bei, dass Entscheidungsträger für die Entwicklung innovativer Mobilitätsprojekte und deren erfolgrichen Umsetzung die nötigen Tools an der Hand haben.
From over 300 applications, a total of 51 participants from 28 countries were selected to join the 2017 and 2018 Academy. They had an opportunity to discuss with experts from various fields and mutually exchange expertise with the other participants. In this way, innovative and participatory concepts of the workshops Planning and Design-Thinking could be applied in the course of the Academy.
The Academy also included study trips and workshops. For the first time the participants visited, among other places, the Koblenz cable car, an urban reference project from DOPPELMAYR, and had an opportunity to also learn more about the compelling environmental advantages of such projects. Furthermore, the participants were able to see how well an installation of this kind can be included in an urban planning concept.
DOPPELMAYR, as a founding partner of AoSUM, has played a key role in the planning, organization and implementation of the Academy. This capacity development activity helps all decision-makers to acquire the tools necessary for development and successful implementation of innovative mobility projects.
The number of applications per year is a clear indication of how interested decision-makers are in acquiring information about sustainable urban mobility. The combination of theoretical instruction, practical visits on site and examples of best practice in European cities are met with great enthusiasm from the applicants. The participants’ feedback has been consistently very positive.
Continuing exchanges and networking after completion of the Academy course is possible via various media channels and platforms. Given the popularity of the Academy’s first year, the founders have decided to make the program a recurring annual event. AoSUM’s success is based on strategic partnerships among various institutions and their contributions.
These partnerships contribute to collecting global expert knowledge in the field of sustainable mobility, simplifying travel logistics for course participants and generating public enthusiasm worldwide. Discussions among an even higher number of partners are already underway to make the Academy of substainable urban mobility 2019 a great success as well.