The Austrian cooperative research project “Alltagsspuren“ (loosely translated “Everyday Tracks“) aims to develop tools supporting smaller (rural) municipalities in promoting sustainable and active mobility using quantitative and qualitative data collection methods together with analysis and activation tools.
These online and offline based tools will enable users to examine the status quo, travel demand and the potential for municipalities to implement sustainable and active forms of mobility. One of the online tools is a freely accessible, interactive web-based platform (www.alltagsspuren.at – available in German only) aiming at raising awareness for sustainable mobility among the municipalities’ residents and encourage joint measures to foster sustainable mobility in the municipality. It allows residents to report on their experience with active transport modes in their municipality. This tool does not aim at purely well-known weak points, but encourages the users to tell their private mobility stories. This helps politicians and planners to create mobility scenarios based on past experiences of local residents.
The second online tool is a digital analysis tool for municipalities’ politicians and local authorities to comprehensively conceive the status-quo of mobility characteristics and framework conditions for achieving active and sustainable modes of transport within the municipal area, taking into account various socio-economic aspects of a population. A check of the relevant framework conditions in favour of or limiting sustainable mobility is based on data from public statistics and from information provided by the municipality. The tool allows to identify the need for improvement as well as potential success at a glance and thus helps policy makers and planers to develop appropriate mobility solutions. For this purpose, algorithms were developed based on scientific findings. The tool depicts mobility conditions comprehensively with minimum effort.
The third part of the online based tools is a web-based scenario tool for developing scenarios and derive directions of actions regarding the achievement of targets towards more sustainable forms of mobility within the municipality. The expected impacts of planning activities are depicted in a qualitative manner by showing how they affect the mobility opportunities of certain groups with specific life circumstance, such as full-time employed single parents, unemployed youths, people in patch-work families with two households etc.
Additionally to the development of the online tools, a series of gender-sensitive and target group-oriented workshops were organised in order to support the municipalities in developing mobility visions and designing approaches to reach them.
The project focuses especially on encouraging a more active use of sustainable transport modes in everyday life – also taking factors of social inclusion into account. Barriers as well as supporting conditions for walking and cycling and other forms of active mobility are all addressed within this project. A special focus is set on the local experience and inclusion of socio-economic groups that have usually been marginalized in recent mobility projects. The project addresses local decision-makers and aims to contribute to the pre- and early phase of mobility planning, in order to strengthen knowledge and competence to remove barriers for promoting more sustainable and active mobility. In particular, the project focuses on data provided at local and regional level that can depict mobility conditions comprehensively with minimum effort. Furthermore, it is of interest how this data can be used for reliable scenarios of future mobility demands and determine which strategies can influence this development. The project team covers a broad range of knowledge and skills in the areas of diversity-orientated transport and landscape planning as well as mobility management and environmental informatics.
Further information is available in German or please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
paper “How to – comprehensively – collect and depict data on conditions for sustainable transport in rural areas?” – EnviroInfo & ICT4S 2015 Copenhagen
period: May 2013 – September 2015
Büro für nachhaltige Kompetenz B-NK GmbH
Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Dopheide e.U.
Dr.in Roswitha Hofmann
Universität für Bodenkultur, Institut für Verkehrswesen
Technische Universität Wien, Institut für Verkehrswissenschaften
Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (BMVIT)
Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (FFG)