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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.

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.

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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!

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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).

The Deputy Mayor of the City of Paris talks about the sustainable urban mobility policy of his city. 16% of all trips are made by bike in Dresden, which is the double the share cycling had 10 years ago. To further increase the use of bicycles in transport, the city is working on a number of local and European projects, incl. Central MeetBike. Paris’ Deputy Mayor Christophe Najdovski talks about the sustainable urban mobility policy of his city.

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.

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.

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His special research areas are sustainable integrated urban mobility planning, mobility research and integrated urban road design. National and European laws and directives set out the fundamental conditions for transport development planning. The City of Dresden will actively shape these conditions.

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.

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.

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 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.

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