Taking the Concept Beyond the North Sea Region – Mobihub Academy Held for Members of the Nordic Smart Cities Alliance

Taking the Concept Beyond the North Sea Region – Mobihub Academy Held for Members of the Nordic Smart Cities Alliance

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On May 8-9, 2019, the second Mobihub Academy of the SHARE-North project was hosted by the City of Bergen. This time, the participants included members of the Nordic Smart Cities Alliance – including representatives of the cities of Reykjavík, IC; Stavanger and Tromsø, NO; Tampere, FIN and Vejle, DK – as well as CoMoUK and Taxistop.

Like the first Mobihub Academy held in October 2018, the focus of the two-day event was to share the strategic components of mobility hub implementation of the cities of Bergen, NO; Bremen, Germany and Flanders (Autodelen.net) and to provide a practical view of the planning process of mobility hubs that improve the visibility and accessibility of car-sharing and other sustainable mobility modes in these regions. The seminar also addressed communication strategies for promoting and ensuring the successful implementation of mobility hubs depending on the various target groups involved in the stakeholder engagement process: from politicians and decision makers, planners, businesses and real estate developers to citizens and end users. Angelo Meuleman from Taxistop introduced their plans for digital components of the mobihub developments in Flanders – in particular, mobipunt digital signs at new stations in the region will (among other things) provided real-time information on mobility services at and near the mobipunt.

The Mobihub Academy also featured site visits to several mobilpunkte in Bergen at various stages of completion. To do this, the participants used Bergen’s bike-sharing system, which has been quite well received in the first year of operation (with more than 100,000 journeys in the month of April alone!).

After input from Lars Ove Kvalbein (City of Bergen), Rebecca Karbaumer (City of Bremen) and Bram Seeuws (Autodelen.net) on important aspects that make up mobility hub planning in those respective regions, the participants gathered in a workshop setting to begin the first stage of mobility hub planning in their cities. Important aspects to consider were: what transport issues and needs should be addressed by mobility hubs, suitable locations that would provide business and use cases for shared mobility services, identifying target groups as well as implementation strategies.

Coincidentally and very fittingly, the first day of the event took place on the one year anniversary of the opening of the first mobilpunkt in the City of Bergen (and Norway) – with several that have gone into operation since then and many more to come!

The presentations from the Mobihub Academy can be requested for download by sending a short message to: share-north@umwelt.bremen.de.

If you are interested in participating in future mobihub planning seminars, a short message to the same email address is also welcome.

10 May 2019