Multi-modality: existing realities and future possibilities
urban layouts and demographic conditions call for a wide range of mobility
solutions. An ideal system links together various modes of transport in ways
that minimise waiting periods and maximise ease of access. These latter
considerations are especially important where older people are concerned. An
otherwise good public transport or pedestrian system will be of little use to
the most immobile or physically disadvantaged sectors of the population if it
remains inaccessible or inconvenient; or, equally important, if the system
itself is adequate but poorly marketed.
AENEAS at the ECOMM conference
team organised a workshop on older people’s mobility at this year's
ECOMM conference in Graz,
Austria. After a short introduction to the AENEAS project by Matthias Fiedler
(Rupprecht Consult), participants were posed with some real challenges. “Dressed
up” with special glasses, earplugs, gloves and ankle-weights to produce typical
age-related constraints, workshop participants had to complete an obstacle
course, stamp their ticket and negotiate a bus timetable. This “life
experience”, arranged and introduced by ZGB’s Susanne Schinagl, helped to raise
awareness of challenges that older people face when riding public transport.
Flex lines now reach all parts of Gothenburg
extremely popular flex lines were introduced 13 years ago, and the system now
operates 22 lines in all parts of the city, even on the southern islands of
Styrso and Donso. The flex lines operate with low-floor mini buses, which
includes hilly areas that are home to many elderly and/or disabled persons.
Stops have been moved closer to homes for the elderly, hospitals, service
centres and social buildings. more>>
Breakwater Festival: Cycling for Donostia 2016
April 24, hundreds of citizens of all ages took part in the ‘Cycling and Rolling
Night March’ in Donostia-San Sebastián (Spain). Cyclists, skaters and rollers
occupied the city centre as part of the Breakwater Festival to promote Donostia-San
Sebastián as a candidate for European Culture Capital of Culture in 2016.
Electric pedalling in Odense
Denmark's Odense Municipality, electric bicycles are becoming more and more commonplace
alongside conventional bicycles. An electric cycling campaign, carried out in
the city for the first half of 2010, is behind this newfound popularity.
‘Explore Your City’ – The journey is the reward
‘Explore Your City’ as a motto, two Salzburg partners, StadtBus and ZGB (Zentrum
für Generationen und Barrierefreiheit), kicked off their latest AENEAS-related
project on April 29, 2010. Fold-up guide booklets were developed for Salzburg’s
seven intersecting bus lines. On one hand, the guides encourage older people to
remain mobile, and on the other to use the bus both for running errands and
exploring the city. more >>
How can sustainable mobility services attract older people?
March 2010, AENEAS brought together 56 transport professionals for a training
workshop on multi-modal marketing of mobility services for older people. As John
Porter, a senior expert in market research explained, successful marketing
campaigns depend on an understanding of how people construe and interpret
decisions in their life. Practical experience drawn from Munich, Cologne and
Belgium’s Flemish region illustrate the need of successful marketing campaigns
to address mobility needs of older people and attract them to more sustainable
means of transport. more >>
September 22 is Mobility Day
On September 22, 2010 StadtBus Salzburg and the ZGB Centre for Generations
and Accessibility will organise the fifth annual Mobility Day. Organisations and
companies involved in mobility and transport for older people will have an
opportunity at the event to present offers and services.
Mobility Day typically involves approximately 500 people and is organised along
the lines of an exhibition where visitors can collect any and all varieties of
The day programme also includes lectures, music sport club presentations for
older people. Watch this
highlight clip (in German) from last year’s last event.
How far has your toothbrush travelled?
As a regular reader of our newsletter, you’ve certainly
made a critical examination of your personal mobility patterns. Maybe you’ve
decided to park the car and walk instead? Perhaps you’ve just bought a new bike
or a monthly bus ticket? Marvelous!
Our tip for today, however, goes one step further. Bear in mind not only the
size of your individual global footprint, but also consider the impact of all of the
items that you use in daily life.
In the next few weeks, try to be aware of – or find out – the distances that
your food, clothing and other goods have to travel to get to you. And then make
an effort to purchase those products made nearest to you. As you’re sure to
discover, it’s quite a challenge. Are you up to it?
"Older people are coming!" Older people as
Date: 11 June, 2010, 17h
Location: Salzburg, Stieglbräu, Rainerstraße 12
More information (670-KByte PDF)
Mobilität in der Stadt – Neue Dynamiken von Alltagsorganisation
und urbaner Entwicklung
Date: 25-26 June, 2010
Location: Hamburg (Germany)
More information (66-Kbyte PDF)
Date: 17-19 November, 2010
Location: The Hague (The Netherlands) More
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Join the growing community of European transport practitioners involved with
energy-efficient mobility in an ageing society! There are several ways to get
● Participate in training workshops and site visits
● Share good practices
● Attend AENEAS conferences
● Receive implementation handbooks
● Exchange experience with other European cities
● Obtain first-hand information through mailings and internal web space
For more information, visit the AENEAS
website or contact us.
This biannual newsletter is published by the
European project "AENEAS - Attaining
Energy-Efficient Mobility in an Ageing Society". It is an open forum for all
transport practitioners interested in the topic of energy-efficient mobility in
an ageing society.
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