More participation, fewer cars? Participatory approaches to reducing individual car use
In this session, a light was shed on mobility projects from various EU countries with a focus on good participatory practices. A key take-away is that participation processes can inspire people to open up their minds about how mobility could look like and that children’s education on sustainable mobility can even influence their parents sustainably too!
Find the session presentation here.
Key messages from our speakers:
Thomas Freitag, climate change mitigation manager, Municipality of Pirna, Germany
- Start engaging with the local population from an early stage on.
- Remember mobility is an emotional topic that concerns everybody. People are genuinely interested in giving their opinion!
Miguel Bandeira, Municipality of Braga, Portugal
- Participation is a continuous effort – regardless of the planning stage you are currently in.
- Participatory processes are ongoing; we must perfect them! Therefore, it’s really beneficial to get to know best practices from all over Europe.
- Use a mediator or a mediation team, which can be composed of technicians but also social science experts, sociologists, communication specialists. They can act as a useful “transition agents” and accompany the whole process.
Monika Matei, Deputy Director, Decebal National College Gymnasium School, Deva, Romania
- Start acting today!
Claus Köllinger, Mobility Consultant, Vision5OG
- Don’t plan for transport, plan for the needs of people!