News and events

Networking Event in Vienna

On the 20th of September 2018 queraum and the Mobility Scouts organised the National Networking Event in the “Planungswerkstatt Vienna”.

The main idea of the National Networking Event was to link up Mobility Scouts and relevant stakeholders at local level. According to the participatory approach of the project, Mobility Scouts were actively involved in the organisation and realization of the event. After a short introduction of the trainers, Mobility Scouts presented their local projects: Danube Island – towards a barrier-free recreation area, Safety in the traffic system and Mobility unlimited. Six local cooperation partners (head of the Seniors Office Vienna, representative of the Municipal Department 19 – architecture and urban design, expert of the Mobility Agency Vienna, Austrian Road Safety Board, head of the Local Agenda 21, project manager of Caritas – district work) formed an advisory group and provided feedback and practical tips. All in all it was a very appreciative exchange of ideas and Mobility Scouts, cooperation partners and the audience gained a lot from the discussions.

Celebrating the success also got its due: The head of the Seniors Office Vienna handed over certificates to the Mobility Scouts and thanked once again for the valuable contributions. During a social get-together with drinks and snacks, participants were invited to learn more about the local projects, participate in a “safety quiz” and show their balance and dexterity on a parcour.

In total 41 people participated in the event, which was much appreciated.

Mobility Scouts presented in `Wiener Zeitung’

The `Wiener Zeitung’ published a comprehensive article on our Mobility Scouts project and presented local projects of our Mobility Scouts in Vienna. Interested in experiences of our Mobility Scouts? Read more here (in German).

Public living room in Zutphen

In Zutphen, the district manager of the inner-city invited the Mobility Scouts project team to organise an ‘activity’ about Mobility Scouts/age-friendly Zutphen during a Meet-up of the national association of professionals working as district / regional managers (www.lpb.nl).

At the 28th of June, a ‘public living room’ was set up, at a square in the city center. Neighbours (older people) and people who passed by were invited to join, have coffee or a soda and meet with participants of the Meet-up. The group of professionals made a city tour by bike, visiting all kinds of ‘good practices’ of civil participation. They arrived a few minutes later, by bike, and were invited to join in.

Laura Christ and Inger Luijten informed the participants about Mobility Scouts, the ‘bottom-up age-friendly approach’ in Zutphen. Then, everyone was invited to look at the environment through ‘age-friendly glasses’ while having a drink, chatting with the neighbours, walk around, enjoying the live music (electric piano, cello, contrabas).

The message is: ‘look beyond the outside and the beauty of the place and think about issues that are important to the people who live around the square/in the inner-city. The district managers were challenged to come up with ideas how local authorities/ district managers could facilitate and support active engagement of older people concerning age-friendly development, design and accessibility of public spaces. The ideas were shared and written on the tablecloth. At least 30 people attended this activity that was much appreciated!

  

EU Final Event in Brussels

49 participants from 14 EU countries participated in the Mobility Scouts EU Final Event in Brussels on the 5th of June 2018. Read more

Mobility Scouts Final Event in Brussels

To discuss good examples of age-friendly communities and exchange experiences gained in partner countries, Mobility Scouts partners and AGE Platform Europe kindly invite you to the Mobility Scouts European Final Event:

Mobility Scouts European Final Event

Brussels, 5 June 2018, 13.30 – 17.30

Hosted by the Committee of the Regions (Room JDE 53)

 

Please find the program here. Participation is free of charge, but participants themselves should cover any expenses related to travel, accommodations and allowances. Considering the limited number of seats in the meeting room and safety regulations in the Committee of the Regions, we kindly ask you to register here.

A successful National Networking Event in Italy

The National Networking Event – with the title Cambiamenti climatici, politiche di mobilità e qualità dell’aria nelle grandi città italiane (Climate changes, mobility policies and air quality in the Italian big cities – has been organized in cooperation with Kyoto Club and its Sustainable Mobility Working Group and took place in Rome on the 16th of February 2018.

Rome Mobility Scouts participants and partners as well as local, regional and national mobility decision-makers and companies have taken part and during the event details of the Mobility Scouts activities have been shared and the Mobilitaria 2018 Report, prepared as part of the Mobility Scouts project, has been presented and discussed.

All event presentations, as well as the Mobilitaria 2018 Report, are available here.

Inspiring start of the Mobility scouts Training Vienna!

The first workshop of the Mobility Scouts Training in Austria was a big success. A very heterogenous group of 14 participants started their adventure “Mobility Scout”! The next workshop will take place soon.

 

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European Commission announces sustainable mobility award nominees

The European Commission revealed the finalists of the EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award and the Award for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP). The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK Award showcases local authorities that demonstrate significant efforts in promoting sustainable urban mobility, while the SUMP Award recognises outstanding sustainable urban mobility planning. Interested in who is nominated? Have a look here.

Round table discussion in Kaunas initiated by Mobility Scouts

On February 8th, 2018 a round table discussion initiated by Mobility Scouts took place in Kaunas Municipality meeting room. The roundtable was the highlight of Mobility Scouts small project ‘Participation in decision making for age-friendly public transport’. Read more

 

AFEdemy Study Tour AGE-Friendly Ireland Feb 18

The Academy on Age-Friendly Environments in Europe B.V is pleased to announce its first Study tour to Age Friendly Ireland. The mission is to support and increase the capacity of regional, local and community stakeholders to design, implement and monitor age friendly environments (AfE) policies, practices, places and programs. Interested? Please have a look at the program and further details here.