Mobility nodes in Lavamünd
A multimodal mobility behaviour of society can be observed more and more in Europe. People are no longer interested to reach their destination; they are increasingly interested in using the means of transport best suited to their destination or the best combination of these. The development of mobility nodes gives cities and municipalities the chance, to can support climate protection goals and to make a decisive contribution to the success of the traffic turnaround. Accordingly, the linking of public transport with other mobility services must be promoted and the traffic systems have to see and optimised as an overall system.
Public transport services can cover longer distances environmentally friendly, comfortable and fast. In most cases, however, public transport does not offer direct door-to-door travel. At close range, the bicycle is unbeatable in flexibility and travel time.
Modern information and communication technologies foster the necessary networking. Mobile Internet enables access to information and modern mobility services and enhances the time spent in public transport. Stations and bus stops should no longer be seen as mere access points to public transport services; they should offer passengers additional services and increase the quality of stay. Regarding environmental issues, they should be developed into transport hubs that are easily accessible on foot and by bicycle. Sufficiently weather-protected bicycle parking facilities, but also offers for car sharing and rental bikes create a strong network of the different transport modes.
To accompany our pilot project, the summer season bus between the TEN-T nodes Lavamünd in Austria and the Slovenian city Maribor,we established new mobility nodes in Lavamünd. Current mobility trends demand the possibility of intermodal change; accordingly, the mobility node will provide attractive and innovative equipment. In order to sustain goals of reducing CO2, a special focus on environmentally friendly transport modes as bicycles and e-bikes is set. Connecting two peripheral European border regions, this approach contributes to the Overall Goal of the INTERREG CENTRAL EUROPE programme "Cooperating beyond borders to make our cities and regions better places to live and work " and answers challenges in the field of innovation, low carbon and public transport to strengthen interregional cooperation between Central European countries. The investment show how to increase attractiveness for inhabitants of the regions, commuters and tourists by providing infrastructure and should be seen as a template for other border regions in Central Europe.