The 9th International Cities for Mobility Congress took place under the theme “New Mobility and the Transformation of our Cities” on 18-19 June and brought together more than 300 participants from 34 countries spanning diverse sectors and thematic areas including local and regional government, start-ups, large companies, civil society, urban planning, transport, pedestrian and cyclist safety and many more.
Bringing people together – transforming our cities to human-friendly places
This year’s event explored mobility trends and their influence on creating liveable urban spaces in cities, tackling especially the importance of mobility experiments with visible interventions for the benefit of citizens as well as a careful design and use of public space that prioritizes sustainable modes of transport. Further topics discussed were new concepts for the development of public transport services (e.g. on-demand mobility), innovative measures for city logistics and the expansion of shared transport models. The Congress included a dynamic and interactive mixture of expert presentations, panel discussions, poster presentations, workshops and field visits designed to showcase international good practice in sustainable mobility and engage the participants in an active discussion on diverse relevant issues.
Participants enjoyed a special framework program offered by City of Stuttgart in cooperation with the Public Transport Company (SSB), which is celebrating this year its 150th anniversary. The transfer to the evening event at the tramway museum was organised with a historic tramway and hybrid buses. A mobility exhibition and a carefully selected mix of interesting site visits in Stuttgart completed the program. A multimodal public transport trip, a visit of innovative city-logistic pilots, a city-tour with electric bicycles and a tour along the typical „Stäffele“ stairs of Stuttgart were part of the exciting activities that took place outside.
The Cities for Mobility Coordination Office is very grateful for the very positive feedback received from speakers and participants. The many talks and constructive discussions strengthen our conviction that it is all about bringing people together and give them the appropriate platforms to engage for a better mobility in cities. A documentation of the event will be released by the end of this year. The 10th International Cities for Mobility Congress will take place in 2020. The exact date will be announced in autumn of 2019.
See you soon again in Stuttgart!