Gerd-Axel Ahrens

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

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.

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. CIVITAS PROSPERITY has released new interviews with SUMP ambassadors who describe the measures they have developed to implement exemplary sustainable urban management plans. The SUMP ambassadors each bring a unique perspective to the subject. (Ahrens, 2014 ). Therefore, CO 2 emissions of the two test vehicles for a representative trip performed by urban citizens in Germany were estimated on the basis of the WLTC phase results.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerd-Axel Ahrens (Professor, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany) presents at Integrated Bicycle Promotion for Central Europe, a side event organized by Technische Universität Dresden during the International Transport Forum’s 2013 Summit on “Funding Transport” in Leipzig, Germany on 24 May 2013

Cycling is increasingly seen as a solution to traffic congestion and pollution in urban areas, particularly for short journeys and in conjunction with public transport. The Central Meetbike project sought to spread the effective cycling support policies in Germany to the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. The project helped regions assess their local situations and alter policies accordingly. Rising aspirations of citizens worldwide, changing consumption and production patterns as well as limited natural resources are drivers for innovation in the transport sector. The German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility (GPSM) is serving as a guide for sustainable mobility and green logistics solutions and knowledge from Germany.

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.

Polona Demšar Mitrović is from the Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure and talks about the planning and implementation of developing an updated SUMP supporting program – a measure that is currently underway. Equality and the right to physical integrity are laid down In the german constitution.

  • Oliver Lah (Wuppertal Institute) and Sebastian Schlebusch (nextbike) explored a broad range of promising planning strategies and technologies in the transport sector.
  • As a passionate champion of sustainable urban mobility, UITP is internationally recognised for its work to advance the development of this critical policy agenda.
  • Therefore, CO 2 emissions of the two test vehicles for a representative trip performed by urban citizens in Germany were estimated on the basis of the WLTC phase results.

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.

The MoTiV Project – Interview with Prof. Gerd-Axel Ahrens

Dresden scored 2.3 out of a maximum of 4 points. This places its current cycling strategy in transition from an isolated “standalone cycling policy” to a “system orientated cycling policy” where cycling is being considered as a significant part of urban mobility. Before this, Gerd-Axel Ahrens was the head of the Department of Transport in the City of Bremen from 1991 to 2000. He was researcher (1985 to 1991) in the German Environmental Protection Agency (UBA).

Juan Carlos Escudero, the Head of Information and Innovation for Urban Sustainability Unit of the City of Vitoria Gasteiz in Spain explains the corner stones of their SUMP. The mobility planner gives insight on what the city did to win the 2018 European Mobility Award for small municipalities. Passenger transport may be public, where operators provide scheduled services, or private.

The Central Meetbike approach was promoted at its ‘Bike Academy’ training programme to raise awareness among professionals and ensure that people living in a city take part in the action plan. The academy adapted materials used by a programme run by the Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik, with the help of the Technical University Dresden.

Rehana Moosajee gave the keynote speech; as a former mayoral committee member for transport in Johannesburg, South Africa, she focused on experiences and challenges from emerging countries and the role of international cooperation in sustainable mobility. It is important to understand that a car not only generates emissions, but also produces dust and occupy the space, so it is important not only to replace the type of fuel but also to reduce the number of cars in urban mobility. Polona Demšar Mitrović is from the Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure and talks about the planning and implementation of developing an updated SUMP supporting programme – a measure that is currently underway. The project achieved this aim by changing attitudes about transport planning and informing politicians and officials about new strategies, particularly those used in Germany to promote cycling. It demonstrated that taking a comprehensive spatial approach, which allows safe movement of all modes of transport, is feasible and cost effective.

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