Members of Parliament:
Lotta (Bonn), Mila (Bonn), Anni (Bonn), Mika Di Potro (Bonn), Tamar del Monte (Jerusalem), Michal Sharav (Jerusalem), Emily Sayevich (Jerusalem).
Shir Gilo, urban planner in the Jerusalem municipality
Safety for women, Cycling safety
We met with
After his master's degree in Lisbon, where micromobility topics such as e-scooter sharing or bike sharing were already introduced, Tommy realised that there must be other ways to design a city than with cars and motorised individual transport. The key to increasing the quality of life evenly in cities and to planning traffic fairly is a healthy mobility behaviour of the citizens. That's why Tommy started working on the topics of mobility-as-a-service platforms, on-demand ridepooling and connected and intelligent transport planning at an early stage.
Tommy is thankful that he could share his insights with the group of students from Bonn and Jerusalem while focusing on the speaking points of safety in and around public transport, overall costs of public transportation, transportation in and between cities as well as cycling safety. The following discussion showed very well how young people feel about transport inside and outside cities, where there is room for improvements and which mobility behaviours could be leveraged.
Decision offer of the committee for Sustainable Transportation
Recognizes that many people do not feel safe on public transportation, especially women and children.
Is concerned that fewer people are using public transportation as a result.
Is concerned about the safety of bike riders in the cities.
Recommends special buses and trains for women and children (like in Mexico City).
Supports self-defense classes in schools.
Proposes education and tools for bus and train drivers about women's safety.
Recommends an accessible help button in case of emergencies and cameras inside public transportation. At night, more security guards.
Supports separate roads for bikes or, if there is not enough space, a more significant, marked bike lane.
Proposes better education for drivers about how to keep bike riders safe.
Supports a lower speed limit in the city.
Recommends more lighting at night, so that bike riders are visible.
Recommends more and safer parking spots for bikes
Dealing with the challenge
In the current situation, there is a load of vehicles on the roads, which leads to traffic jams and a lack of parking that these cars require. Due to the lack of parking, many cars park on the sidewalks intended for pedestrians, thus taking up the space for pedestrians and putting them at risk. Vehicles cause air pollution, in addition to wasting space and resources. On average, there are 1.1 people in a car compared to ~20 people who can fit into a bus that takes up only 3 times more space than one car. That means the efficiency of a bus in relation to one car is approximately 2000%.
The challenges they face are many - traffic jams, parking, sidewalks, the fact that cars enter at a rate that cars cannot cope with and neither can the municipality, the division of the area is not adapted to use and is not comfortable or safe for pedestrians and cyclists. There is a preference for a private vehicle as in the example that was shown that on Hebron Road the lane for public transportation is in the middle because private vehicles get an advantage in turning right.
Increasing the use of public transportation and reducing the use of private vehicles. Reducing the general load on the road. Investing in pedestrians, encouraging the use of non-motorized means of transportation, proximity between centers of use.
The audience is all road users. Achieving the goals through:
Education and change of attitude and perception
Fair distribution of the road space
Adding more infrastructure and means to public transportation, in order to increase use Instead of dealing with a lack of parking spaces and adding lanes for private vehicles, one should focus on solutions that promote public transportation and thus reduce traffic congestion (traffic jams) and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.