Multi-modality: existing realities and future possibilities
Different 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. more >>
AENEAS at the ECOMM conference
The project 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. more >>
Flex lines now reach all parts of Gothenburg
Gothenburg’s 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
On 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. more >>
Electric pedalling in Odense
In 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. more >>
‘Explore Your City’ – The journey is the reward
Using ‘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?
In 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
"Older people are coming!" Older people as special passengers.
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 information
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 involved:
● 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.
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