Access to mobility is the goal

OECD, World Bank and other key players met at Shaping Transportation to discuss the future of mobility

London, 8 July 2013. More than 250 transport policy thinkers, shapers and decision makers from 54 countries met in London in late June to discuss how to develop mobility in a sustainable way and what gaps need to be closed. The two-day event featured renowned speakers representing top institutions, including the OECD and the World Bank, the Association for European Transport (AET), Transport for London (TfL), the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) as well as Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS).

"We want to move people and not just vehicles," emphasized Sharad Mohindru, Senior Manager Transport Planning, DIMTS. His presentation provided some insight into daily traffic situations in India and outlined the "SPACE" strategy (Safe - Priorty - Accessible - Comfortable - Enjoyable) which aims at promoting sustainable transport planning in Delhi. 

DIMTS thus includes a social component in its transport policy, which, according to Dr. Hans Jeekel, Secretary Board of AET, has not yet been established in many European countries. "Implementing seamless multimodal transport has not yet advanced beyond words - a realistic strategy is still missing," says Jeekel. Almost half of the sustainability issues that need to be addressed are not part of the national transport policies. Integrated, innovative mobility concepts are mainly integrated in urban planning. Best-practice examples are the Cities of Freiburg, Cambridge and Gothenburg. Mary Crass, OECD, raises the question whether we should not rather focus on creating access. According to Crass, mobility is a functional instrument, however the final goal is to help people reach any destination of their choice. 

Face-to-face communication as a recipe for success

Another best-practice example is the City of London. Allan Gooch, former head of Transport Planning at ODA, presented the 2012 Olympics transport strategy. The secret of its success: good networking and communication between all parties involved. "CEO speak – that’s a huge value," he said in the final panel discussion. And Jorge Rebelo, World Bank, added: "Scetch planning will pave the way for reaching decision makers and raising awareness." Mary Crass reminded the audience of the necessity to share their expert knowledge and support the decision-makers as they need help from transportation experts. 

So on the second day of Shaping Transportation all participants were highly motivated to learn more about the software solutions: PTV's product management team presented the new features of the transport planning software PTV Visum and celebrated the new release of PTV Vissim 6 at the international PTV Vision Traffic User Group Meeting. Other issues addressed during the event included the simulation of bicycle traffic in urban environments, capacity restrained assignments as part of public transport planning at Swiss Rail (SBB) and real-time traffic forecasts using PTV Optima. "The annual UGM is a good avenue where one can find the finest and most vibrant minds in the transport planning sector in the world. Apart from that, it also affords the insightful businessperson the opportunity to do good business with new partners," said Dr. Zain Adam, Managing Consultant and Head of Transport Modelling at ATKINS, Qatar.

PTV. The Mind of Movement

Die PTV Group betrachtet Verkehr und Logistik als Ganzes, um Mobilität zukunftsfähig zu gestalten. Ausgezeichnet als Weltmarktführer entwickelt das Unternehmen intelligente Softwarelösungen für die Transportlogistik, die Verkehrsplanung und das Verkehrsmanagement. Das hilft Städten, Unternehmen und Personen dabei, Zeit und Kosten zu sparen, Straßen sicherer zu machen und Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt zu minimieren. Die PTV setzt ihr weltweit einzigartiges Expertenwissen zu allen Facetten der Mobilität dafür ein, dass Menschen und Güter rechtzeitig, sicher und ressourcenschonend ihre Ziele erreichen.

Mehr als 2.500 Städte setzen PTV-Produkte ein. Transporte in über einer Million Fahrzeugen werden mit PTV-Software geplant. Das Europäische Verkehrsmodell, das den gesamten Personen- und Güterverkehr in Europa abdeckt, wird mit PTV-Software entwickelt. Auch dafür arbeiten rund um den Globus über 900 Kolleginnen und Kollegen mit Leidenschaft an leistungsstarken Lösungen. Der Hauptsitz im Herzen der Technologieregion Karlsruhe ist Entwicklungs- und Innovationszentrum. Von hier aus plant und optimiert die PTV seit 1979 alles, was Menschen und Güter bewegt.

Die deutsche Gesellschaft PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG ist ein Unternehmen der PTV Group. www.ptvgroup.com.

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The panel discussion of Shaping Transportation


Getting interactive with the new release of PTV Vissim 6 in the PTV Vissim 6 Beta Café


In the exhibition area companies like AECOM, Locationet, NAVTEQ and Sky High-Count On Us present their products and services.