Many rural areas lack public transportation or it is sparse, which means that its inhabitants have to rely on cars and the commuters tend to drive alone. This leads to higher living costs due to car dependency, unnecessary environmental stress with poorly exploited cars and difficulties to be mobile for youngsters and people without cars. Ride-sharing is one way to enhance sustainable development conditions in rural and small town areas, but it can also have community-building effects. The project “Mobile together” intends to establish a number of ride-sharing communities.
The project will avoid inventing wheels twice and previous mistakes by two major measures;
– the project will take off with a field trip to a successful ride-sharing initiative that has also increased the social activities in the village, simultaneously saving money and environment
– a thorough investigation of available systems, their strengths and weaknesses, and previous ride-sharing projects in terms of failures and success factors
Based on these initial steps, every partner region will develop and test ride-sharing concepts for the own region in close cooperation with each other. The ride-sharing communities to be established are intended to be a guiding example for a larger region and thus, other communities. Being adapted to specific local needs, the means of promoting ride-sharing may vary, but could include applications for cell phones, computer programs or more traditional means of communication (bulletin boards etc.).
After an evaluation period of at least six months the results are analyzed and discussed among the partners. The participating regions will jointly analyze the experiences from the local projects, the achieved results and specify which method or methods work best and under what circumstances. The social interactions and involvement in the communities are expected to increase as an effect of the project, thereby strengthening the solidarity. The outcome of the analysis, in terms of economic, environmental and social implications, will be jointly turned into a strategy for implementing ride-sharing initiatives on a larger scale, a region-wide promotion of the ride-sharing idea and related concepts and a best practice guide with advice for implementation.
Energikontor Sydost AB/Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden
Energikontor Sydost was established in 1999 and is jointly owned by regional councils, counties and municipalities in Blekinge, Kalmar and Kronoberg.
The mission is to provide timely, objective and impartial information and knowledge regarding:
• Buildings (energy efficiency, renewable energy)
• Learning and Lifestyle (information, education, behavioral influences)
• Transport (fuels, mobility management, freight)
The work of the agency involves managing projects, conducting investigations, creating and maintaining networks and participating in the dissemination of experiences and best practices.
de DROM e.V.
The non-profit organization de DROM (“the dream” in low German) houses in the former railway station in Kröpelin. It was founded in 2010 by an initiative of the mayor of the city with the purpose of promoting culture, education and community in the region of Rostock. Cultural and social networks have been established to strengthen the regional identity and social work respectively. There is for instance an internet site, www.ostsee-radar.com, where economic, cultural and tourist information for the region can be found.
The association aims to support the cultural, social and economic development of the region; common interests at municipal, commercial and private levels should be elicited, initiated and developed.
Tingsryds kommun/Municipality of Tingsryd
The municipality of Tingsryd has approximately 12000 inhabitants, which equals 12 inhabitants per km2. The southern border was between the years of 1000 and 1658, the border between Sweden and Denmark. The landscape is characterized by a rich variety of nature with oak meadows, grasslands, vast lakes and wide woodlands. There are almost 200 lakes with a surface of at least 1 hectare, 21 of these larger than 100 hectares. About 38% of the inhabitants live on the countryside, outside of the town and villages.
The municipality includes the parishes of Linneryd, Älmeboda, Södra Sandsjö, Tingsås, Väckelsång, Urshult and Almundsryd.
Ride-sharing will be established in Linneryd/Älmeboda and Urshult.
The non-profit organization PferdemarktQuartier was founded in 2011 by residents of the Pferdemarkt (a former horse market) in Bützow and other committed people in the region. The old horse market area of Bützow is surrounded by historical buildings. About half of these are empty. The idea of the organization is to promote the civil society thru voluntary work and activities to create encounters and interaction.
The purpose of the organization is to:
- support the identity work of the city and the region
- improve and secure the quality of life and living conditions
- promote youth and adult education
- have exchange with other regions in Germany and Europe
- assist in improving the regional image of the city of Bützow and its surroundings