Ulm: 4/5 July: Conference „Sustainable Mobility and Green Economy in the Danube Region
"A Danube Mobility Card - That would be something!"
Transdanube projectpartners met together with international Danube experts from politics, economy and society to discuss new ideas for the future development of the Danube region in terms of environmentally friendly transport and tourism. / Workshop at the symposium on "Sustainable Mobility and Green Economy in the Danube Region" at the International Danube Festival 2014 organized by Danube Office Ulm / Neu-Ulm.
Around 120 Danube experts in transport and tourism met at the symposium to discuss how environmentally friendly transport can be realized across national borders in the Danube region to the benefit of all players involved. In three different workshops this question was illuminated from different sides. One of them was the Transdanube workshop: "Sustainable mobility in tourism along the Danube".
Thematically, the participants discussed especially the topics mobility services for the last mile, tourim packages and information on mobility offers and furthermore how to raise awareness for sustainable mobility among potential tourists.
The conclusion: In all these points, the Danube region has to catch up even though there have been a lot of activities throughout the last years. An issue that has to be gone abouturgently are mobility services for the last mile: there is no need for tourists to travel environmentally friendly if they can´t reach their final destination because there is no bus service that drives there. But in addition to specific offers the awareness of sustainable mobility needs to evolve. In Germany, for example, they have a saying that´s still true: "The car is the Germans' favorite child" – That must be changed. The bicycle should be recognized as an equal means of transport. To reach that goal special offers for tourists who travel by bike which include bike transportation by train between destinations have to be designed. But these offers must also apply across countries. After all, this is still a challenge for tourists traveling along the Danube asdifferent countries imply different fare zones and regulations. A standardization process and transnational cooperation would help. "A Danube Card, which is valid for bus and train in the whole Danube region - that would be something," Petra Dippold, from the Transdanube-team of the Danube Office Ulm / Neu-Ulm said.
In the end the experts agreed that there has already been done a lot in the Danube region in the past years. In projects local partners developed exciting solutions for sustainable mobility issues- and that also across borders. Long-term success can however only be set when the many small projects are interrelated and work together for new solutions. That´s the only way how the Danube region could establish itself in the future as an attractive destination that focuses on sustainable mobility from the Black Forest to the Black Sea.
With the interactive map www.danubetour.eu the Transdanube-team makes an important contribution to raising awareness for sustainable mobility along the Danube. Danube travelers are able to plan their trip by bus, train, bicycle, boat or on foot - and that from the source to the Black Sea with just a few mouse clicks.
For more information about the conference please visit:https://www.donaubuero.de/fachkonferenz-in-ulm