SUMP ambassadors share experiences and knowledge of SUMP implementation

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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.

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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.

Interview with Prof. Gerd-Axel Ahrens, of TU Dresden and member of the Advisory Board of the MoTiV 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.

Moosajee highlighted the potential of international cooperation through the GPSM and also outlined the possible obstacles. The need for sustainable mobility solutions in developing and emerging countries is obvious.

UITP has a long history to its name, and is the only worldwide network to bring together all public transport stakeholders and all sustainable transport modes. Central Meetbike is encouraging the development of sustainable transport policies in Central European countries by supporting the establishment of integrated cycling strategies.

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Its purpose is to improve residents’ mobility and support the city’s economy. Both these aims require a free choice of transport mode.

  • The project helped regions assess their local situations and alter policies accordingly.
  • The local cycling strategy was evaluated by a consortium including political stakeholders, bicycle lobby groups and city municipality in two meetings between November 2011 and February 2012.
  • The duty to strive towards achieving equal living conditions is also established in thnstitution of the Free state of Saxony.

The TDP should not be created in relation to transport planning alone. In view of the circumstances and challenges described above, it is vitally important to draw upon a wide range of specialist and expert knowledge from various professional and social fields, in addition to building on well-informed project co-ordination, with a propensity to compromise.

Our SUMP Ambassadors are enthusiastic personalities who share their interesting stories, findings and lessons learnt from their personal experience with sustainable urban mobility planning. Gerd-Axel Ahrens has been professor of transport planning at the Technical University ahrensDresden since October 2000. In Dresden he is chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board for Dresden’s Mobility Master Plan 2025, member of the Scientific Advisory board for public transport in the region and chairperson of the saxon section of the German Society of Transport Research (DVWG). The Baltic Sea Region Competence Centre on SUMP brings together the knowledge and good examples of sustainable urban mobility planning from the Baltic Sea Region. Oliver Lah (Wuppertal Institute) and Sebastian Schlebusch (nextbike) explored a broad range of promising planning strategies and technologies in the transport sector.

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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 experience of many German cities indicated how to improve conditions for cyclists,” says Prof Gerd-Axel Ahrens from the Department of Transport and Traffic Planning, Technical University of Dresden, which was a partner of the project. “We also learned that cycling is only one part of a system of sustainable mobility and also an important prerequisite for a better life in central cities,” he adds. The City of Dresden’s 2025plus Transport Development Plan attempts to address these circumstances and challenges, exploring the opportunities and possibilities presented, to produce a sustainable transport and mobility strategy for Dresden. The Transport Development Plan (TDP) is being prepared on the basis of the City of Dresden’s ongoing development of its transport strategy, and as a further progression of this work.

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.

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 methodological approach involves drawing up the 2025plus Transport Development Plan for Dresden on the basis of the 2003 transport strategy and other important foundations (City of Dresden documents such as the zoning plan, the air quality action plan, the noise reduction master plan and general documents such as the EU Commission’s Green Paper on urban mobility, to name but some). The Central MeetBike also highlighted means of supporting cycling in Central European countries.

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.

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