As has been described before, ride-sharing in our Swedish communities hasn’t really kicked off so far.
But we are far from giving up yet – an inspirational meeting is planned till the end of August, when five different Swedish villages with the same ride-sharing system will gather and exchange ideas, learn from good examples, plan upcoming promotion activities and meet other enthusiastic people that want to change travelling patterns into a more sustainable direction.
The Mobile Together project partner de DROM has presented the project and their local initiative “Wir fahren zusammen” on the National Sustainability Conference in Germany.
Unfortunately, Sweden did not show itself from its best side; it was both rainy and cold. Luckily the meeting was a good one though, and we came up with some new ideas on how to increase the number of active users during a brain storming activity.
The meeting was hosted by the municipality of Tingsryd and the formal sessions took place at Korrö, a picturesque collection of old-fashioned buildings situated on a small island in a river, deep in the woods of Småland. There were also interesting excursions to the participating ride-sharing villages of Rävemåla, Linneryd and Urshult, where we learned more about rural entrepreneurship.
The meeting was rounded off by a meeting with the local newspaper, in which difficulties with implementing ride-sharing in the different partner regions were discussed as well as the possibilities and its potential.
There are a lot of things to organize and get ready for the upcoming launching events. This past Saturday the Swedish partners participated in a seminar for village administrators of the ride-sharing system. Besides from system basics as management of participants and routes, there were also interesting discussions with other villages just starting out and more experienced ones on topics like how to get many participants and local organization.
This nice picture from our partner meeting in September just turned up, depicting most of the project team members.
All partner sites will present their systems to the public on November 22 or 23. The preliminary plans are as follows;
- de DROM/Kröpelin: will have their event in the evening on the 22:nd. There will be a presentation of the system, catering and a chance to register and test the system.
- PferdemarkQuartier/Bützow: will have an event in the evening on the 22:nd as well. Snacks will be provided and
several local VIPs will present the system. In addition, there will be a competition: one of the first 50 routes in FLINC will win a price. A school band will be invited.
- Tingsryd/Urshult: will also have their event in the evening on the 22:nd. The system will be presented, a band from the local music school will play and catering will be available. It will also be possible to register.
- Tingsryd/eastern part: breakfast meeting on the 23:rd. The system will be presented and there will be some kind of entertainment (probably a guitar player). Registrations will be possible.
On all the events there will be either live or recorded greetings from the other partners.
On September 23-24, the second partner meeting took place outside of Kröpelin, Germany. The meeting was hosted by the partner de Drom.
The Swedish partners were met at the ferry in Rostock and were then visiting the partner Pferdemarktquartier for breakfast and sightseeing in Bützow before the actual meeting started.
The partner meeting took place at Ferienhof und Heuherberge Poggendiek, a few kilometers outside of Kröpelin.
The ongoing activities of all partners as well as plans for the future were discussed, especially regarding launching of the systems in the involved communities. The partner team also got a guided tour of the old railway station that de Drom is restoring for different cultural activities.
At the end of the second meeting day, a local radio station made an interview about the project and its ride-sharing initiatives.
The project Mobile Together was invited to the 4th Congress of Active Mobility in Gdansk (http://www.kongresmobilnosci.pl/palio/html.run?_Instance=kma&_PageID=1&_Lang=en&_CheckSum=-1493877222), Poland, taking place Sept. 12-13.
“The event aims to benefit from the experience of cities, regions and countries which have achieved success in maintaining high quality of life by the adoption of appropriate local development rules and the recognition of active mobility potential.”
Mobile Together participated in the panel entitled “Cross-border pathways to sustainable mobility” together with two other projects financed by the South Baltic programme. Thomas Möller, project Abc.multimodal, talked on cycling as a part of a multimodal mobility system in a city and Jacek Piotrowski, project BAYinTRAP, discussed youth participation in policy making in the field of transport and mobility.
The panel was moderated by Vassilen Iotzov of the JTS of the South Baltic programme and Karoline Alvånger participated in the event on behalf of the Mobile Together project.
The Mobile Together project took off during a meeting in Växjö on March 19-20. Besides from a first get-together for the partners and an official start of the work, it also contained a very inspiring study trip. The village of Tolg told about their system for ride-sharing and described how it has affected the everyday lives of the inhabitants as well as the community. Experiences were exchanged during a joint lunch following a presentation.