Expert Workshop “Communal Perspectives” of the Interreg-V Project SuMo-Rhine

On 13.11.19 the first participative workshop “Communal Perspectives” for the promotion of sustainable mobility in the Upper Rhine region took place in Freiburg. The workshop was aimed at urban and transport planners, sustainability and climate representatives as well as decision-makers and experts at local level from Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate.

The event was introduced by an opening speech by Prof. Dr. Barbara Koch from the University of Freiburg and a lecture by PD. Dr. Patrick Jochem from KIT, in which the project relevance and the resulting potential were emphasised.

Dr. Markus Hofmann from the University of Freiburg led the presentation of the indicator system. For the development of an applicable indicator system it is important to include pactice-relevant knowledge. The indicators would be developed to support municipalities in coping with mobility challenges. The indicators were then presented in detail by Janusch Jehle and Samuel Mayer, also from the University of Freiburg.

After the lunch break, the indicator system and the underlying sub-indicators and their basis of calculation were discussed in four groups in order to improve the practical relevance of this instrument for decision support. An overview of the main findings:

  • The definition of sub-indicators is not trivial
  • There are hardly any data platforms that make regionalized data freely available.
  • Some sub-indicators should be weighted more strongly in order to respond to the specific needs of municipalities
  • The data for the indicators are not only interesting for municipalities, but also for mobility service providers.

In summary, it can be said that this first workshop out of a series of further workshops was above all one: participative.

We would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank all participants for their input and interest.