Discover Bonn by Sustainable Transport

This guide to urban mobility in Bonn leads you from the main train station to the city center on foot, along the Rhine by bicycle and to Bad Godesberg, and nearby destinations – Siebengebirge and Cologne – by public transport.

Along the way, you will be able to experience different modes of transport, and learn about local efforts to promote sustainable mobility and mitigate climate change.

Download our updated mobility guide to discover Bonn


Green Urban Mobility in India gets a One Billion Euro push

Partial driving ban, handing out anti-pollution masks and closing schools give you a glimpse how badly the air pollution in Delhi is once again.

On 1 November 2019, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met her Indian counterpart Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the fifth German-Indian government consultations. On many of the crucial issues that will shape the future, Germany and India intend to step up cooperation.

One of the corner stones will be the cooperation on sustainable urban mobility. India and Germany agreed to act together and speed-up the construction of sustainable transport infrastructure, rollout of e-busses, and integration of various modes for seamless travel. Specifically, both sides signed a new Joint Declaration of Intent on the Indo-German Partnership on Green Urban Mobility wherein the German side expressed its readiness to provide additional concessional finance of Euros 1 billion to support improvements of green urban mobility infrastructure and services and strengthen capacities of national, state and local institutions to design and implement sustainable, inclusive and smart mobility solutions in Indian cities.

In addition, both leaders welcomed that e-Mobility is being envisaged an important area of collaboration, including under the already well established Joint Working Group on Automotive.
During her visit to India, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the Dwarka Sector 21 metro station in Delhi. The station is equipped with solar panels, funded by German KfW Development Bank with technical assistance of GIZ.

At the same station, Chancellor Merkel could also witness the deployment of electric rickshaws first hand. Rajkumar, the driver of the e-auto, said the German chancellor asked him about the vehicle and his work during their three-minute conversation: “I am so elated that I could shake hand and talk to her,” he said about his interaction with Merkel.

Stressing on the need for cleaner modes of transport, Ms Merkel had earlier said, “Whoever has looked at pollution in Delhi yesterday would find very good arguments to replacing diesel buses with electric buses.”


More about TUMI activities in India

• TUMI Partner KfW takes a prominent role by providing finance for the intended projects. Also other TUMI Partners will further support the Indo-German ambitions, as they already do.

• India is the country with the most TUMI Challenge projects, namely, Re-imagining Fort Kochi: Moving People Towards Improved Access and Safety; Chennai Inclusive Urban Street Design Improvement Project; Green City Journey Planning App in Nagpur. The later one being a spin-off from TUMI Hackathon in Nagpur at the Urban Mobility India Conference (UMI).

• The green metro station with solar panels visited by Chancellor Merkel was developed with support of GIZ on behalf of BMU.

• Through the project Integrated and Sustainable Urban Transport Systems for Smart Cities in India, GIZ on behalf of BMZ supports the three Smart Cities of Bhubaneshwar, Coimbatore, and Kochi and their state governments to promote low carbon comprehensive mobility planning, and to plan and implement sustainable urban transport projects in the fields of public transport, non-motorised transport and modal integration.

• The ITDP India Program has had many successes over their two decades of work in cities all over India. This includes the major wins of BRT systems and street improvements in Ahmedabad and Pune. Today, the ITDP India Program continues to support BRT and bus improvement projects, advocate for complete streets, and assist cities in improving infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians, as well as parking and policy reform.

• WRI India’s Sustainable Cities program catalyzes environmentally and financially sustainable transport solutions to improve quality of life in cities. For example, WRI reviewed the Comprehensive Traffic and Transport Plan of Bengaluru. The recommendations included scaling up bus-based mass transit, investing in walking and cycling infrastructure, and developing a parking policy that restricts the use of cars.

• ADB is financing various mobility related projects in India, e.g. metros and regional high-speed rail networks but also rail more general with electrification projects and modernization of rolling stock.

• Also C40 is active in India, more specifically in five cities, supporting better air quality through electrification, parking policies, bike sharing schemes and transforming streets for walking and cycling.

• ICLEI has several activities in India, through the Cities SHIFT: capacity building network for Climate and people friendly mobility program, ICLEI assist cities to identify challenges and opportunities of its urban mobility system through EcoMobility SHIFT tool, so that they could shift towards more ecomobile modes of travel i.e. walking, cycling, shared and public transport.

Contact: Martin Schäfer,

The project TUMI supports transport projects in India and around the world and enables policy makers to transform urban mobility. We believe in sustainable mobility for a better future and are happy to support the Indo-German efforts.

Not just for Phones


Many of us experience the advantages of flat rates every day. One tariff and you can surf the Internet or make calls without worries. A principle, which has already established itself in the field of entertainment technology, has now been redeveloped by a city in Germany.

Augsburg (57 km from Munich, 292 thousand inhabitants) is moving ahead – and presents the first “mobility-flat” ever implemented in Germany. The principle is easy. At a fixed price you can use all modes of transport (bus, tram, car sharing and rental bike) in the city [i]. The maxim is to be flexible on the go. A favorable factor for the implementation of such a system is that the municipal utility of Augsburg offers all modes of transport itself[ii].

In addition to the already existing mobility offers, residents now have the option of choosing between two flat rates. The monthly subscription can be purchased online. Always included in the flat rates is a local transport subscription and the free use of city-bicycles for up to 30 minutes. The price difference between the two packages consists in the use of car sharing. For instance, the “mobility-Flat S” for 79 € includes up to 15 hours or up to 150 kilometers of car sharing. With the “mobility-Flat M” for 109 €, car-sharing can be used for up to 30 hours per month without any mileage restrictions. Anyone who is on the road for a longer period of time or drives a greater distance, pays the normal car-sharing tariff in addition [iii].

Mobility-Flat S Mobility-Flat M
79€ per month 109€ per month
Local transport subscription Local transport subscription
Free use of city-bicycles for up to 30 minutes Free use of city-bicycles for up to 30 minutes
15 hours or up to 150 km car sharing 30 hours car sharing without mileage restriction

The final packages are the results of a one-year test phase with 50 local participants [i]. The Managing Director of the municipal utilities emphasizes “By evaluating the test results, we created solutions that provide real added value for our customers”. The package prices therefore do not just correspond to the total component prices [ii].

The city of Augsburg relies on future-oriented decisions and holistic approaches. In addition to the innovations in local transport, the city center is being extensively renovated as part of the major project “Augsburg City”. Augsburg is making itself future-proof and competitive in terms of mobility and urban development.

Who is next? Do you feel inspired already? Come together, exchange ideas and keep on moving!

More about sustainable mobility “Made in Germany” on our website and become a part of our TUMI Friends-Network by sending us an email.







[ii] Öffentlicher Nahverkehr: Deutschlands erste Mobil-Flatrate |


Geschäftsanbahnungsreise nach Rumänien (Mobilität, Logistik, Verkehr, ÖPNV) – Bis 11.11.19 bewerben!

Vom 20. bis 23. Januar 2020 organisiert die Deutsch-Rumänische Industrie- und Handelskammer (AHK Rumänien) in Zusammenarbeit mit eclareon GmbH eine Geschäftsanbahnungsreise nach Rumänien. Das Projekt wird im Rahmen des Markterschließungsprogramms des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) für kleine und mittlere deutsche Unternehmen (KMU) durchgeführt. Die Reise richtet sich an deutsche KMU insbesondere aus den Branchen nachhaltige Mobilität, Logistik und Verkehrs- & ÖPNV Lösungen.


Sie erhalten vor und während der Reise:

  • Eine Marktstudie über Nachhaltige Mobilität, Verkehrs- und ÖPNV Lösungen, Logistik in Rumänien
  • Eine individuelle maßgeschneiderte Partnersuche anhand eines Unternehmensprofils
  • B2B oder B2C Termine in Bukarest und Cluj (betreut von eine AHK Mitarbeiterin)
  • Die Möglichkeit sich und Ihr Produkt vor einem Fachpublikum in Bukarest vorzustellen
  • Besuche und Termine bei Unternehmen und Behörden in Bukarest und Cluj
  • Logistik der Reise (Reservierung der Hotels, Restaurants usw.)


Ziel: Unterstützung bei der Erschließung des rumänischen Marktes und beim Aufbau neuer Geschäftskontakte in Rumänien, um den Einstieg in das Exportgeschäft mit Rumänien zu erleichtern.


Zielgruppe: KMU, Selbstständige und wirtschaftsnahe Dienstleister aus den Branchen nachhaltige Mobilität, Verkehrs- und ÖPNV Lösungen oder Logistik mit Geschäftsbetrieb in Deutschland.


Rumänische Kooperationspartner: Stadtverwaltungen, Behörden, Industrieverbände, Berater, Anbieter und Betreiber in der Mobilitäts- und Logistikbranche (u.a. ÖPNV, Sharing- und Ladesysteme, Parksysteme und –bewirtschaftung, Transportunternehmen)


Laden Sie sich die Teilnahmeerklärung hier herunter und bewerben Sie sich bis Montag, 11. November 2019 (verlängerte Frist!)


Die Teilnahmekosten betragen zwischen 500 EUR und 1.000 EUR pro Teilnehmer, je nach Größe und Jahresumsatz Ihres Unternehmens. Die Teilnahmebedingungen sowie das Programm finden Sie hier.


Mehr Informationen zum Thema:

Geschäftsanbahnung Rumänien AHK

Geschäftsanbahnung Rumänien iXPOS





International Tender on the three E-Buses for Costa Rica

GIZ will purchase three battery electric buses and the charging infrastructure for a pilot project in Costa Rica. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the project MiTransporte in Costa Rica has recently published an international tender on three 12-metre buses, fast and slow-charging infrastructure as well as training and after-sales services.

This pilot project paves the way for the electrification of public transport, which the Government of Costa Rica promotes actively. As defined in the Decarbonisation Plan (2018-2050), 30% of the public transport fleet are to be zero emissions until 2035. Through the “Law of incentives and the promotion of electric mobility”, bus operators are obliged to gradually electrify their fleet by 5% every two years. Considering the energy matrix of Costa Rica with more than 98% of the electricity coming from renewable energies, the shift from Diesel to electric buses has a large GHG mitigation potential.

The pilot project is implemented by the Costa Rican Presidency, the Ministry of Environment, the Directorate for Climate Change, the Ministry of Transport, the Public Transport Council, ICE Group, Regulatory Authority of Public Services (ARESEP), Foundation CRUSA, UN Environment and GIZ. Starting early 2020, the buses will be integrated into the urban bus system in order to gain experiences on the ground about the consumption to generate trust in the technology to reduce existing barriers which currently prevent private bus operators from making larger investment, and to develop capacities in the public and private sector.

Further information on the tender process and all the documents are available in the following link:

Joining of this tendering procedure

Time limit for receiving offers:

11.10.2019 12:00 (CEST)

100 Female Leaders in the Mobility Sector 2019

Women continue to be under-represented in the mobility sector, particularly in technical occupations, and those who do exist are not visible enough. The leading women in the mobility sector, however, do exist. They are technically competent and inspiring, and as role models, they ensure that more talented people choose to work in our industry. In order to increase their visibility, the Association of German Women Entrepreneurs (VdU), Berlin Partner for Business and Technology GmbH, IHK Berlin, the women’s network of the Pro-Rail Alliance, the German Transport Forum, the The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Women in Mobility (WiM) are publishing the list of female executives in the mobility sector for the second time.

In order to promote professional discourse, all 100 women will be invited to a joint #wimluncheon on 1 October 2019 at the #railwayforum in Berlin. More information about the jury, the goals and the event:




Prof. Dr. Silja Hoffman is one of the 100 #leadingwomen in the #mobilitysector




“These women are so different and yet have one thing in common: they show diversity and change the world of transport.”

Kristina Kebeck, GIZ





In 2016, at the initiative of Larissa Zeichhardt, leading associations joined forces at the InnoTrans trade fair to invite entrepreneurs and managers from the “Around the Track” departments to a “Ladies Lunch”. “When I learned that in the EU only 17.5 percent of employees in local public transport are female and less than 10 percent of them work in technical areas, I had to take action.” A study published by the EU Commission put the proportion of women in the entire transport sector at 22 percent. The greatest imbalance in 2016 was in road construction and rail technology, where women accounted for only 14 percent.

The aim of the first publication of the top 100 women in the transport sector (2017) and the corresponding network event at the 5th Railway Forum in Berlin was to make role models visible. Larissa Zeichhardt and the organising team of Women in Mobility, Berlin then formulated a goal: “The proportion of women in the rail industry is to rise from currently 22% to 40% by 2020”. At InnoTrans 2018, it became more than clear that the industry is striving for women’s networks: 800 women came together to network at the Women in Mobility InnoTrans Luncheon.

Women in Mobility (WiM) is a professional women’s network in the mobility sector. The Berlin Hub is one of four in Germany and aims to improve the visibility of female executives


More Information here:


Women in Mobility Luncheon 2019 – Railway Forum Berlin

October 1, 2019 – Berlin

We are pleased to announce the next Women in Mobility Luncheon in Berlin!

Leading associations and networks have joint forces with industry partners to host the annual WIM Luncheon. Their goal: Connect female role models to enhance visibility, consequently foster innovation through diversity.

This year, 200 female leaders will once again be invited to meet on the 01.10.2019 in Berlin at the 6th RAILWAY FORUM. The focus of key notes and discussion will be connected the lead topic of the Railway Forum: Digital & Automated – The future agenda of the mobility industry.

Joint activity of VDV and TUMI Friends / GIZ Study Tour on Governance for Sustainable Mobility


Munich is a great example of how good governance in the field of urban mobility brings together various interest groups in order to achieve innovation and sustainability. For this reason, the TUMI Friends on behalf of Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development together with the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV) conducted a study tour on Governance for Sustainable Mobility in Munich, between 6 and 8 May 2019. Munich hosted 30 decision makers in city planning and transport from developing countries and emerging economies as well as innovators and city representatives from Germany.



The aim of the study tour was to introduce the concept of international and cross-organisational cooperation and the involvement of interest groups for sustainable mobility, especially in the areas of public transport and active mobility. The international participants met mobility and transport providers and authorities from Munich, such as the public mobility provider Munich Transport Corporation (MVG) and the Urban Planning Authority, which is responsible for urban mobility planning. The study trip to Munich offered international decision-makers from politics, business, research and civil society the opportunity to exchange findings and innovations and to transfer them to their home contexts.

The international guests mainly represented decision-makers from the public sector in the fields of urban and infrastructure planning as well as urban mobility and public transport on a national, regional and urban level, but also project managers of climate and sustainability initiatives from Albania, Bolivia, Chile, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Nigeria, the Philippines, Uganda and Ukraine.

Among the speakers at the event were experts from the City of Munich, representatives of public and private companies from the fields of consulting, development and software, as well as entrepreneurs and start-ups, most of whom are based in Munich or other German cities. The event kicked off with a welcome address by Prof. Dr. (I) Elisabeth Merk, General Manager of Urban Planning (City of Munich), and introductory lectures by the organisers VDV (represented by Gerrit Poel) and GIZ (represented by Armin Wagner; Twitter: @urbanarmin). Based on the German, Bavarian and Munich context with selected expert lectures and the individual problems of the international guests, all participants brought experiences together in the form of workshops and group discussions. These formats allowed an intensive exchange and problem-specific consultation between the speakers and international decision-makers during the two days of the event. A concluding excursion with selected public spaces and stations in downtown Munich offered international guests the opportunity, for example, to get to know the ‘Central Bus Station’ (ZOB), the ‘Münchner Freiheit’ mobility hub and the WOGENO cooperative housing estate with mobility station ‘WagnisART’ mobility station in terms of both organisational structure and design aspects.



The joint identification of locally different governance challenges concerning sustainable mobility and the analysis of typical challenges and possible obstacles formed the basis for the workshop and for a joint brainstorming for approaches and procedures to meet challenges in urban development. Expert contributions by representatives of the City of Munich, the municipal transport company MVG, Markus Schubert from Intraplan Consult GmbH and Sabine Nallinger as board member of the 2-Grad Foundation provided the framework for subsequent discussions and, in conjunction with the analysis of local challenges, inspired this workshop to develop mobility visions for the participating cities.



With the support of representatives of successful start-ups and companies from Germany, the event attached great importance to entrepreneurial challenges and technical innovations. Founders and CEOs from the IT sector, who are significantly involved in the creation and development of innovative mobility-related platforms and approaches, illustrated how start-ups and digital innovations can be used to promote sustainable mobility in fast-growing cities. Among others, Dr. Tom Kirschbaum, CEO of door2door, Raul Pinto from Startup Bikeee, Felix Proehl from BluGo, Begoña Otero, strategic consultant and intellectual property expert and Kirstin Hegner, Managing Director of Digital Hub Mobility at UnternehmerTUM gave inspiration to the audience.

The study trip was organized by the Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen e.V. (Association of German Transport Companies) together with the TUMI Friends on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Gunnar Heipp, CEO of the consulting firm Strategic+Urban+Mobility+Consulting and previously longstanding head of planning and innovation of the Munich Transport Corporation (MVG), was supporting VDV and TUMI Friends in organizing and moderating the three-day event.

TUMI Friends at Future Mobility Summit 2019




Future Mobility will once again bring together more than 1,200 decision-makers from economy, academia, associations, politics and municipalities in 2019. The Congress addresses the major implementation issues of the mobility transition and will present the latest solutions of industry, science and the public sector on the EUREF Campus in Berlin-Schöneberg from 8th to 9th April 2019.

In 2018, 1,200 participants, 75 speakers and 60 media representatives attended the two-day event. You can expect innovative lectures, panels, workshops and exhibitions on the key topics of digitization, drive and climate protection in the mobility sector. The discussions will be held in German.

On 9th April, TUMI Friends will also be on site and facilitate a round table discussion during the Women in Mobility Workshop in the Daimler Lounge (Werkstatt). The discussion will start at 1.45 pm.

We look forward to welcoming you there!


For more information, click here.

April 8, 2019 – April 9, 2019

Discover Leipzig

Explore Leipzig by sustainable transport with the updated travel guide released by TUMI Friends!

Experience various travel routes to Leipzig’s best sights by using only Sustainable Transport Modes! On the occasion of the ITF Summit, the TUMI Friends has updated its Travel Guide “Discover Leipzig by Sustainable Transport”.


Download the new guide here