The new encounter-Zone in the Metamorphosis-Neighbourhood "Tiefenbrunnen" in Zürich was inaugurated with a street-opening. Seven parking spaces were also permanently removed in the course of the implementation. This gives children the opportunity to play on the street and to use the street as public space, as meeting place. This promotes both neighbourhood-ness and child-friendliness.
The VCÖ Mobility Award is Austria's largest competition for climate-friendly mobility and sustainable freight transport and is organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Sustainability and the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB).
The project Metamorphosis and in particular the Living Labs for the future were nominated by the jury of experts for the VCÖ Mobility Award 2019 among the Top 5 in the category Research and Scientific Studies.
A bicycle is as a matter of law the only way to an efficient use of public parking spaces - and the size of a bicycle is not restricted. In Graz (AT) this legal grey area is used to elegantly transform a parking space legally without permission. This is realized by simply parking one or two adapted cargo bikes. A space that is normally blocked by a car and therefore is unusable becomes a traffic-free and usable space for everyone.
The women's cycling course in Zurich ended last week. Last year the Metamorphosis project tried to organize a bicycle trip for families. It turned out that in this specific neighborhood not all parents ride bicycles. The course now enables mothers to take their children on bike trips. Let's ride then!
A high amount of street space is dedicated to motorised traffic, making it inaccessible to children. Currently, for children to be allowed to use a parking space for playing, it would be necessary to do that in a parked car!
Many urban spaces are planned for the convenience of large cars forcing cyclists and pedestrians to squeeze together on the edges of road. It makes no sense to most people, except for the one holding the power of overkill.
Today, most of the streets in Munich are mainly designed for motorized vehicles. This has led to a high percentage of concrete space for cars and go-through-traffic at the expense of green space for recreational usage.
To address this issue and to show alternatives, a greening project was established in the city of Munich, called “Wanderbaumallee” (literally “Alley of walking Trees”). In the past, such projects were already implemented with very positive results, such as trees that were actually planted and remain permanently in the city.
From 4th to 24th June 2018 the bike to school competition "Münchner Schulradeln" was held in Munich for the first time. In the three-week campaign period 4th graders and secondary school students were encouraged to cycle actively to school instead of being brought by car. Students, teachers and parents competed together as a team for their school against the other schools. Each team nominated a team captain. The aim was to cycle as many kilometers as possible. Therefore, all kilometers cycled were listed online or via app.