Sharing Mobility Coordination Office
Shared mobility is never a stand alone issue, it always is an addition to other sustainable mobility initiatives, such as cycling, walking and public transport. Because of that, it is important to align the strategies developed for cycling, walking and public transport to the strategy of shared mobility. Within Vienna’s Sharing Mobility Coordination Office, the objectives, development and communication about public transport and shared mobility are combined. That is to say, every stakeholder or user having questions on either public transport or shared mobility can find their answers at this Office. A strong feat, because it makes it easier for people to know where to go when they want to get information about sustainable and shared mobility.
Public transport is not forgotten
Shared mobility is a well known addition to public transport and other sustainable mobility solutions. People using shared mobility are prone to rely on public transport.. With a public transport network that covers around 1200 km and keeps on extending, all the while preserving low rates and good reliability, Vienna ensures that residents can combine shared mobility and public transport easily. Because of the high standards for the Viennese public transport system, the success of shared mobility is guaranteed as well.
Experimenting and innovating
Vienna is always trying to ameliorate the sustainable mobility systems in the city. When free floating vehicles hinder public areas, Vienna incites pilot projects with station based e-scooters or specific parking zones to minimise this hindrance. At the same time, the city innovates with free floating shared cars on WienMobil stations to create more flexibility for users of shared mobility. And the experimenting doesn’t stop there: with the invention of the Viennese pedibus, children are able to pool together to school on foot and in a safe way, which is also a form of shared mobility that creates a sustainable and liveable city. In this way, Vienna shows that there’s always a way to improve and adapt.
Vienna asks what people need
Vienna has clearly attached importance to social inclusion within the city. Everyone should be mobile. This is why the city tries to include most citizens in its sustainable mobility plans. When developing urban mobility, Vienna cooperates with a lot of partners and stakeholders to ask about their needs. Most importantly, Vienna stays in contact with associations of disabled people when planning their urban mobility systems. Vienna is aware of the exigencies of less mobile people and can take their needs into consideration, thus realising its goal of social inclusion.
Vienna walks the talk
Vienna has drawn up specific objectives regarding shared mobility and the visible results in the city match those ambitions. Vienna strives to increase the offer in zero emission mobility and subsequently the offer in shared bicycles and electric shared vehicles continues to increase. Vienna’s overarching ambition is to create a “high quality of life for everyone in Vienna through social and technical innovation in all areas, while maximising conservation of resources”. With the efficient use of vehicles through shared mobility, the emphasis on zero emission (shared) vehicles, the way Vienna tries to include its residents in the urban mobility planning and the importance adhered to public transport, cycling and walking as well, Vienna is well on the way to achieving its goals.