• Experts explore holistic solutions for urban areas
  • Hannover. Quality of life in tomorrow's urban areas will hinge on intelligently designed mobility. Decarbonization, electric vehicles, efficient space utilization and clean air are all vital to making and keeping densely populated cities attractive places to live. micromobility has the potential to play a major role in achieving this vision of sustainable urban mobility. The what and how of this will be discussed in depth over the course of a three-day forum at the micromobility expo, which will be held from 14 to 16 May at the Hannover Exhibition Center in Hannover, Germany. The forum will comprise lectures, panel discussions and elevator pitches in which experts from industry, policy and public administration will explore options for green mobility transformation in cities, focusing in particular on integrated micromobility solutions.

    The three-day forum program revolves around six themed sessions:

    Future Mobility

    Opportunities and resources: Micromobility as a core part of sustainable mobility

    The central themes of this session are Micromobility & Climate Protection, Mobility Culture and Legal Frameworks. In this session, micromobility is explored as a holistic concept encompassing business aspects and much more besides. It is presented as integrative and highly user-centric – a source of sustainable mobility opportunities and possibilities that belong high on the agenda. Micromobility is part of a changing mobility landscape in which established attitudes, values, routines and behaviors are being challenged and rethought. In addition, current observations and experiences of micromobility implementations in cities point to an urgent need for supporting legal and policy frameworks.

    Urban Logistics

    The little-known of micromobility: applications and innovations

    The logistics and freight haulage applications of micromobility are still widely unknown. What are the options for bringing logistics infrastructure to urban and rural areas using micromobility applications? What kinds of smart technologies might be used for this, and what opportunities do they hold for the future? Intelligent micromobility models are a steadily growing part of commercial mobility management, where they may potentially have a lasting impact. Consequently, the central themes covered by this session are Green Logistics, Robotics and City-Rural.

    Multimodality and Intermodality

    Beyond first mile/last mile approaches: Integrative solutions and systems

    Micromobility applications will likely achieve their full sustainability potential principally by functioning as parts of new mobility services and individualized intermodal transport chains. Their ability to integrate into and interface with local public transport systems will be a key factor in this regard. Under this model, micromobility has the potential to optimize park & ride systems and transform commuter traffic in ways that have yet to be fully investigated. This session therefore focuses on Infrastructure, Local Public Transport Networks & Last Mile, Commuter Traffic, and Sharing Systems.

    Urban Spatial Development

    Micromobility and urban development: Mobile dimensions of urban amenity value and livability

    Micromobility is a central function of urban transportation planning. As such, it presents opportunities to make urban mobility more sustainable; but it also poses regulatory challenges. Integrating micromobility into urban mobility systems and making urban mobility more sustainable is a function of transportation and urban planning that requires sound policy and regulatory frameworks in order to prevent conflict between road users. Another challenge is that many micro-vehicles are electrically powered and reliant on charging infrastructure. These challenges, along with the need for appropriate parking spaces, urgently require transportation planning solutions. In short, the themes covered in this session are: Mobility Planning and Transport Infrastructure, Urban Mobility Concepts and Community Development, and Parking and Charging.

    Safety & Security

    Personal Safety and Security in Road and Transport Areas

    With the rise of micromobility, ensuring Traffic Safety in urban and transport areas is a task that urgently requires attention. There need to be rules which set out where micro-vehicles can park and which create clearly defined lanes where they can be operated. Closely related to this is the need to ensure Safe Driving – the ability of drivers to operate their micro-vehicles safely. Every vehicle user should be able to use their vehicle safely and without fear of injury by others.

    Free-Agers

    User-centricity: Micromobility for everyone!

    Micromobility applications, systems and vehicles should not be the exclusive preserve of any one class of users; they should be available to all. Universal Design Solutions can open the way for products, services and flexible applications that enable safe Use by all people aged between 14 and 60+. The prerequisites for this are user acceptance and willingness to try micromobility applications. The Functionalities offered by micro-vehicles therefore need to be intuitive and robust, otherwise people will not feel motivated to give them a try.

    The micromobility expo forum is a joint production by Deutsche Messe (Hannover), the Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment – IZT (Berlin), and the Hannover–Braunschweig–Göttingen–Wolfsburg Metropolitan Region (Metropolregion Hannover).

    For more about the forum program, visit www.micromobilityexpo.de/en/forum/ .