Background

The model project started at the beginning of 2016 and runs for 3 years. In summer semester 2016 an online needs analysis was carried which served as the basis for our new mobility strategy.

The project is coordinated and headed by Prof. Dr. Jochen Baier (WI) and Prof. Dr. Anton Karle (WING).

Other universities involved: Cooperative State University of Baden-Württemberg, Villingen-Schwenningen, Trossingen University of Music

Project aims:

  • Improved public transport: customized to university timetables and needs, local bus service connections
  • E-service vehicles: post service, commuting between locations for lectures and meetings
  • E-carsharing: electric vehicles to supplement public transport
  • Increase of ridesharing: support through use of app for PC and smartphone
  • Use of e-bikes: extension of charging infrastructure and parking spaces
  • Intermodality: integration of public transport, carsharing and ridesharing in an app for PC and smartphone

Starting point
Universities in rural areas are very important in binding younger, well-educated people to rural areas. They account for a high level of knowledge transfer to rural SMEs contributing to the sustainable supply of skilled employees and thus ultimately to the secure future of our rural areas. The retention of attractive rural university locations must therefore remain central to rural strategy. This includes taking into account the mobility needs of students attending such universities.

Young people have particular mobility needs. They want to be mobile even without a car of their own and want to reach their destination as quickly, cheaply and as simply as possible. It is therefore no accident that the carsharing options which are now well-established in cities are almost exclusively used by young people, who additionally use well-organized public transport systems. Students at rural universities without their own car often encounter difficulties with mobility as generally the public transport system is unsatisfactory, and until now carsharing in rural areas  was only available in certain selected areas as part of a model project. Taking Furtwangen University as an example, solutions for a unified, innovative mobility strategy will be developed and examined. Important aspects such as the optimal connection of existing and future mobility options specifically related to target groups will be integrated into the design on the basis of a solid needs analysis.

A further aspect of the model project is related to the specific mobility demands of the two other universities in the region, the Cooperative State University of Baden-Württemberg in Villingen-Schwenningen and the Trossingen University of Music. These demands will also be analyzed and customized solutions will be developed and examined. The approaches worked out will then be checked for viability and integrated into a unified strategy.