A good, reliable urban public transportation and mobility
system is a great thing for a
city to have, but sometimes those who might benefit most from it are
unable to take full advantage of its benefits. Sometimes the problem is with the
system itself; it might be too expensive, too inaccessible or too complicated.
Or, as is often the case, older people lack the necessary information and
skills that would make them feel more confident about riding public transport,
walking or cycling. So they either stay at home or rely on an automobile.
Practice makes perfect: AENEAS launches website database
is excited to announce the 2010 launch of its ‘Good
Practice Exchange Ring’ database. The searchable database gathers together
news and information regarding urban mobility for older
people throughout the entire European Union.
Bus training for older passengers - watch our video!
AENEAS project partner wins mobility award
project partner ZGB and local public transport provider StadtBus were named
winners of the Austrian National Mobility Award in Salzburg, Austria. High-level political
representatives and the Austrian Traffic Club were on hand when the award was
(in German, PDF) >>
Gothenburg seniors travel – mostly – for free
early 2008 all Gothenburg citizens aged 65 years and older have travelled
free of charge on all municipal public transport vehicles, except during peak
periods. The designated peak periods are Monday-Friday 06:00 – 08:30 and 15:00 –
All eligible persons in the city have received an application
for a free travel pass, which must be filled in and sent to Vasttrafik. An
unexpectedly large number of persons have applied. Since the incentive was
introduced, more than 65,000 senior citizens have obtained the free pass –and
the number is increasing. more>>
Opening doors: Odense offers accessibility workshop to seniors
Odense drafted an accessibility plan for the inner city in 2008. In order to
improve the quality and public acceptance of this plan, two meetings were
organised with interested citizens over the course of 2009.
At the first meeting, 45 older people were allowed an opportunity to
point out places in the city where accessibility was poor. Participants worked
in groups, discussing accessibility and marking up maps to reach a clearer
understanding of the situation. They also talked about other transport-related
Krakow offers public transport-related training to seniors
Municipality has engaged a local NGO, Senior na Czasie (Senior Update),
to assist AENEAS in its efforts to offer training to senior citizens. The
partnership conducted training sessions for 250 older people, held on the
premises of public transport operator MPK, from September to November 2009.
Prior to the training courses, Senior na Czasie organised two ‘focus
group meetings’ for older people in order to discuss common transport problems
and receive input about the upcoming AENEAS training.
Munich offers multi-modal training for senior citizens
the AENEAS project, Munich-based environmental organisation Green City, together
with different stakeholders (e.g. the police or public transport provider),
offers different training programmes for seniors to make them feel safer and
more encouraged to use alternatives to car transport.
Salzburg introduces bus training for seniors
is not only a precondition for active participation in life, but above all a
precondition for an independent way of life. The uncertainties and fears that
many older people have about riding public transport can lead to increased
isolation and drastically reduced social participation.
But mobility is
something that need not be lost forever, and this is where the Salzburg training
project for seniors, ‘Mobil sein, dabei sein – sicher mit dem Bus fahren!', comes
into the picture. more>>
Life and limbs: Donostia-San Sebastián hosts walking sessions for
of the keys to a long and healthy is to maintain physical fitness. In this
respect, walking is extremely important for older people. Walking is both a form
of mobility and a pleasant way to spend free time. There are, however, a few
obstacles preventing older people from making the most of this freest
mode of transport, such as challenging terrain, traffic congestion or inadequate
Recognising this fact, the Spanish municipality of Donostia-San Sebastián
is organising training programmes to overcome these practical difficulties.more>>
Has the current financial crisis affected your mobility?
It does seem to be having an impact on US residents. For
the first time since 1972, more bicycles were sold (13 mln) in the past year in
the United States than private cars (11 mln). Providing you are within biking
distance to work, pedaling might really be your cheapest option.
To find out whether or not this is true for you, ask yourself the following:
● Can you bicycle safely to your place of employment?
● Are there secure bike parking facilities near your workplace?
● Can you shower at the workplace? If not, maybe it’s time to speak up about
Intermodes 2010: towards a mobile Europe Date: 3-4 February, 2010
Location: Brussels (Belgium) More information
Marketing for multimodal mobility in an ageing society (Third AENEAS training workshop)
Date: 3-4 March, 2010
Location: Munich (Germany) More information
European Conference on Mobility Management "Moving people,
bridging spaces" (ECOMM 2010) Date: 5-7 May, 2010
Location: Graz (Austria) More information
TRANSED 2010: 12th International Conference on Mobility
and Transport for
Elderly and Disabled Persons Date: 2-4 June, 2010
Location: Hong Kong (China) More information
Cycling and health (Fourth AENEAS training workshop) Date: 9-10 June, 2010
Location: Odense (Denmark)
Older passengers: It´s all about communication. How to address
them? How to keep them? (Fifth AENEAS training workshop) Date: 24-26 November, 2010
Location: Salzburg (Austria)
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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