Mobility is the hallmark of our modern world. In the past, an eight-hour journey would take you to the next village; today, you can travel to Bangkok in that time. Mobility is a prerequisite for social and economic development. Worldwide, demand for mobility is growing, therefore, which generally means an increase in road transport with its familiar problems: severe congestion, air pollution, a growing number of road traffic accidents, and a rise in greenhouse gas emissions.
How can a balance be reached between economic development, transport needs and the environment? In other words, how can we achieve a viable long-term strategy for sustainable mobility? These questions will be explored at the Bonn Symposium 2011, organised by the Development and Peace Foundation.
Bus rapid transit systems, municipal cable cars, cycling promotion schemes, car-free zones: there are numerous ways to make mobility more sustainable. But technological solutions are not enough: user behaviour is the critical factor. For many people, their car is still a status symbol and an expression of their personality and lifestyle. So to achieve sustainable development, we need to rethink mobility.
How can we bring about this change of mindset, and what kind of mobility do we need for the future? We invite you to join our debate.
Public evening: Panel Discussion with Gil Peñalosa, 8-80 Cities, Toronto
When: 1 December 2011
Where: Haus der Geschichte, Bonn
International Symposium: “Mobility – Development – Culture. Towards Sustainable Transport Strategies” (participation by personal invitation only, in case of interest, please contact Ms Bentje Woitschach, E-mail)
When: 1 and 2 December 2011
Further information and a conference programme can be found here: www.bonn-symposium.de
Contact: Development and Peace Foundation, Bentje Woitschach, Research and Programme Coordinator, E-mail