Going for gold

Germany gets geared up for European MOBILITYWEEK

May 4, 2016

Germany declared its dedication to European MOBILITYWEEK 2016 last week when its environment agency (the Umweltbundesamt, or UBA) kicked off its campaign one week ahead of the European launch. Altogether, 103 participants signed up to be part of Germany’s EMW, which took place on April 15-15 in Berlin. The REC contributed to MOBILITYWEEK as member of the European Secretariat.

During the one-and-a-half day event, local (city) and national coordinators from Luxembourg, Austria (Vienna) and Germany (Frankfurt and Chemnitz) shared their best practices via Pecha Kucha-style presentations, and outlined steps towards realising a successful EMW 2016. Complementing the agenda, UBA’s Head of Section, Environment and Transport, Katrin Dziekan, brought some more philosophical aspects to the table by asking during a roundtable session: “How do we go about achieving real sustainable urban mobility in towns and cities?”

New Coordinator Claudia Kiso facilitated brainstorming rounds through a World Cafe series on how to realise campaign actions vis-a-vis the year’s call to action -- Mobilitat mit Verstand, Werschaft mit Gewinn (Smart Mobility. Stronger Economy) -- and invited participants to inventory likely obstacles and describe their ideal permanent measures.

Stakeholder enthusiasm was rampant, with Deutsche Stddtetag, Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen (Association of German Transport Companies, German Institute of Urban Affairs), Deutsches Institut fur Urbanistik and Klima-Bundnis (the German chapter of Climate Alliance) all making known their commitment to this year’s campaign.

“I was absolutely delighted with the response shown by so many key transport players from across Germany following the enthusiasm shown by UBA to take on the coordination for EMW,” said Jerome Simpson, the European Secretariat’s (re)Engagement and Outreach Coordinator. “The event itself couldn’t have been scripted better. It was diverse, colourful, practical, and showed intent. This is the perfect start to MOBILITYWEEK 2016 for Germany and I can’t wait to see the registrations rolling in.”

City registration opens on April 19 at: http://www.mobilityweek.eu/join-us/registration/

Citizen groups in Leipzig, such as Burgerinitiative “Gegen Schall und Rauch” (City Initiative against Noise and Smoke) in Leipzig-Gohlis are already excited about the new possibilities that German MOBILITYWEEK is bringing and are eager to participate. MOBILITYWEEK is the perfect platform for citizen groups to engage and collaborate with city authorities, who of course can also register their own activities outside of the week itself via the MOBILITYACTIONS platform at: http://www.mobilityweek.eu/mobility-actions/

The launch event was attended by representatives of the ministries for environment (Bundesministerium fur Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit) and transport (Bundesministerium fur Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur), alongside a host of NGOs (Klima-Bundnis, Verkehrsclub Deutschland), aid organisations (Deutsche Gesellschaft fuur Internationale Zusammenarbeit, city networks (Deutsche Stadtetag), the country’s public transport association, (Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen), as well as the academic and private sectors (Bergische Universitat Wuppertal, Oko-Institut), not to mention the European Commission’s DG MOVE and the European Secretariat for MOBILITYWEEK. More info is available here.

TAGS: Sustainable mobility | Urban mobility