COP21: Zero and Low Carbon Mobility Ideas – Made in Germany

With its extensive climate protection strategy, Germany has provided a fertile framework for innovation. Many diverse mobility solutions have been developed and implemented by German companies, cities and initiatives. This brochure presents ten hands-on approaches to climate-friendly mobility and green logistics. It includes concrete projects in the areas of urban passenger and freight transport, Read more

New publication by UBA: “A road toll for Germany: Every kilometre counts”

Autobahn_A8_HolzkirchenA distance-based toll for HGV, coaches and cars makes it possible to set differentiated charges for infrastructure and other costs incurred by society as a result of road traffic – for instance, environmental costs. Frequent drivers pay more than occasional drivers, resulting in positive ecological and traffic steering effects and which is why the use of this instrument in Germany should be expanded. The time-based vignette is not a meaningful solution, since it amounts to a flat rate charge for frequent road users and generates almost no environmental or traffic steering effects.

To read the full publication by UBA (Umweltbundesamt), the Environmental Protection Agency, please visit UBA’s website.


Match Rider – An Interview

TeamStressing ridesharing as a sustainable mode of transportation, Katina Schneider, Co-Founder and Business Developer of Match Rider, elaborates on specific advantages of ridesharing for commuters. Additionally, there are many opportunities for app-based or dynamic ridesharing innovation in many developing and emerging countries .

TUMI Friends: Could you briefly describe Match Rider’s concept and explain what distinguishes you from other ridesharing platforms?

Katina Schneider: Match Rider is a web and mobile platform designed to help people share rides. It focuses on short to mid-distance routes (typically less than 100 km), especially regularly scheduled commutes. Drivers using this dynamic platform set their route and Match Rider determines the best pick-up and drop-off points along the route (called Match Points). The system works like public transportation where each Match Point has a schedule associated with it, just like a bus schedule. Passengers can book drivers at specific times and locations on our website, iOS or Android app. Signing up to Match Rider is free and passengers pay the driver a fee of 10 Eurocents per kilometer. For instance, a distance of 20 km would only cost 2 Euros, making Match Rider a very affordable form of mobility.Read more


Let’s make our cities better than ever! TUMI Friends participated in the CIVITAS Forum 2015 in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s enchanting capital. This year’s CIVITAS Forum was themed “Sharing the City”. Advancing sustainable urban transport shall serve as the backbone of an accessible, liveable city with a high standard of living. TUMI Friends contributed by presenting its friend’s innovative solutions, which were highly valued by city representatives as well as by planners and strategists of various other organisations, NGOs and companies.

Day 1 envisaged discussions on subjects such as bike-sharing, multimodality and travel planning, as well as introducing best practices from the CIVINET national networks and open data to improve mobility.

Day 2 offered two different sets of parallel sessions, touching on topics such as E-busses, designing urban mobility infrastructure, mobility management, and alternative fuels.

Last but not least, Day 3 brought pivotal insight on urban mobility for the next generation, company mobility management, and mobility solutions for a more inclusive city.

WP_20151007_14_33_01_Pro_ CIVITAS 2015

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“Solutions for a global challenge – Made in Germany” in the International Transportation, Issue 2, October 2015

International Transportation 1Under the headline “Looking ahead – Advanced transportation solutions”, the journal ‘International Transportation’ – an English version of ‘Internationales Verkehrswesen’ – issued the article “Solutions for a global challenge – Made in Germany“ (page 18-20) in their second english edition of 2015.

By gathering German knowledge and expertise,  TUMI Friends makes a valuable contribution to the international dialogue on smart transportation and sustainable development worldwide. The friends of TUMI Friends already provide their services in various developing and emerging countries, whereas other members of the network develop new ideas and concepts towards sustainable transport solutions. Some of our friends’ expertise is outlined below:

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“Freedom Instead of Owning”

That the IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) will eventually become a mobility show instead of a car trade show was one of the conclusions of the panel discussion “Sustainable Mobility through Digital Solutions” with Isabel Flores (ally), Florian Schimandl (Smartlane), Thomas Friderich (moovel) and Stephan Leppler (InnoZ). Innovative solutions might have the impact to lead a change, allowing a demand-driven planning of Transport.

Panel-IAAThe panel “Sharing mobility for greener cities and more living space” revealed that sharing a private car is not only a working model for western countries, but could also applied in developing and emerging countries as Malte Behrendt (private carsharing Tamyca) pointed out. Heiko Balsmayer (sustainable mobility association VCD) explained the importance of modal shift opportunities to make sharing models work. Valerian Seither (eMio scooter sharing) emphasised that the new status symbol is freedom rather than owning a car.

TUMI Friends hosted two panels on Sharing Mobility and Sustainable Mobility through Digital Solutions at the New Mobility World of the IAA. Together with other innovative actors, TUMI Friends presented the network and sustainable mobility concepts made in Germany with a booth in the Urban Solutions Market.

For more information please visit: Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative – Startseite | Facebook

TUMI Friends@IAA: Panel discussions on Sustainable Mobility

Join us at IAA – Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung! Find the TUMI Friends booth in hall 3.1 (booth A31) and learn about our network and, of course, sustainable mobility concepts and solutions made in Germany. Additionally, on 17th and 18th of September, we will facilitate two panel discussions about sharing mobility and smart mobility.


Sharing mobility for greener cities and more living space

Ride, bike, car and parking space sharing in developing and emerging economies

17/09/2015 – 12 noon; panel with eMio, tamyca and VCD

18/09/2015 – 3:30pm; panel with, Drivy and ParkU


Sustainable mobility through digital solutions

Smart, connected and digital urban mobility in developing and emerging economies

18/09/2015 – 5pm; panel with InnoZ, Moovel, Smartlane and Ally



Studio Schwitalla – an interview

Max Schwitalla, architect and founder of interdisciplinary Studio Schwitalla, about the link between architecture and mobility, and rethinking mobility on a human scale.

TUMI Friends: As an architect, the way people move is essential for you. How does it influence your work?

Max Schwitalla: Urban Mobility is literally the driving passion in our studio: The way how people move three-dimensionally through urban space is the fundamental and underlying approach in our research and experimental design. And maybe because I was a street skateboarder in my youth, I started to read cities differently, always on the move off the beaten paths. Read more

EURIST – an interview

jp 2015Jürgen Perschon, founder and executive director of EURIST (European Institute for Sustainable Transport), tells the TUMI Friends community about the challenge of raising awareness among decision makers and his vision to decouple economic and social development from the growth of traffic.

TUMI Friends: Could you briefly describe your consultancy and the main activities in the field of mobility and logistics?

Jürgen Perschon: As a non-profit organisation we want to help cities, governments and communities to develop good transport governance and reform their local and national transport systems to a more sustainable mode. We raise awareness and transfer best-practice knowledge to decision makers through lectures, seminars and workshops in order to create a basis for a paradigm change in mobility policy towards sustainable mobility for all. We believe that sustainable solutions consist of both technical and non-technical aspects and each local context needs a tailor-made package adapted to the specific geographical, cultural and social context.Read more

SOLUTIONS Project: Free online courses on sustainable mobility

SOLUTIONS stands for Sharing Opportunities for Low carbon Urban transporTatION. It is funded by the EU and has a focus on international knowledge sharing for innovative sustainable transport solutions. This fall, they are offering six online courses organized by TUMI Friends partner Rupprecht Consult.


The SOLUTIONS courses are offered free of charge and are intended for professionals working in the field of urban mobility who wish to expand their knowledge and share their experiences with participants from around the world. No detailed pre-knowledge is required in order to participate. Each course is moderated by an expert in the field and includes tailored tasks and interactions with experts and other participants. The course content is accessible to you 24/7 for a period of five weeks, so you can go through them at your own pace.

The six course topics will cover each of the SOLUTIONS Thematic Clusters:

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (7 Sept. – 9 Oct. 2015)
Network and Mobility Management (21 Sept. – 23 Oct. 2015)
Clean Vehicles (5 Oct. – 6 Nov. 2015)
City Logistics (19 Oct. – 20 Nov. 2015)
Cycling Infrastructure (2 Nov. – 4 Dec. 2015)
Sustainable Public Transport (16 Nov. – 18 Dec. 2015)

Courses will be offered from 7 September 2015, starting every second Monday until 16 November 2015. Each course will run for five weeks, taking approximately two hours per week to complete.

Register by contacting Ms. Kristin Tovaas at k.tovaas(at), specifying which e-learning course or courses you would like to attend.

International participants, especially from outside of the EU, are invited to participate!