In the GreenSAM project partners are developing model solutions for mobility challenges of ageing societies. The term “model solution” describes best practice approaches that show how concrete mobility challenges (see descriptions below) can be tackled with the participation tools compiled in the GreenSAM Toolbox. The model solutions ultimately aim at increasing the share of seniors using green mobility modes.
GreenSAM project partners have identified the following 3 urgent mobility challenges that they will collaboratively address in 6 pilots:
1. How to design age-friendly bicycle sharing systems?
Switching from car to bicycle, whether for daily or leisure trips, contributes to livelier, less polluted cities and healthier citizens. The potential of seniors is large as their car usage is above average. However, cycling in old age is bound to (socio-cultural, psychological, physical) barriers and modern bicycle sharing systems are often difficult to use.
2. How to design age-friendly public transport systems?
Studies show that seniors are often reluctant to use public transport. This reluctance becomes even more dominant if changes are made or when new offers (e.g. transport-on-demand or ride-sharing) or new technologies (e.g. new IT solutions) are newly integrated in the public transport system.
3. How to design public space in a way that seniors feel more confident with green mobility modes?
Large amounts are invested in green mobility, yet not all user groups are sufficiently taken into account when these investments are planned. When new and innovative mobility services (e.g. shuttle-on-demand) are being set up, small side-investments in adjacent public space can raise the usage of these new offers by the important, but underrepresented user group of senior citizens.