“BUILDING NETWORK OF HITCHHIKING BENCHES”, Landkreis Ebersberg, Germany
Start-up description of the pilot project idea
The pilot area of Ebersberg represents a context of suburban settlements with a population reaching about 140.000 inhabitants, close to the metropolitan area of Munich.
The research focus of the pilot is the empowerment of the carpooling system through the extension of the hitchhiking benches network.
Pilot project challenges
The region is challenged with a rapid growth of population (top rate within Germany). Therefore, the mobility system is at its limits when it comes to capacity of roads as well as crucial public transport lines (S-Bahn/urban train in the direction Munich). Looking at prognoses, the situation will become even more challenging in the future.
On the other hand, the more rural areas in the district show a weaker public transport coverage – leading to dominance of individual mobility by car.
Main and specific objectives of the pilot project
The pilot project aims at improving intermodal mobility options with a focus on the more rural areas of the region. The improvement is supposed to be a network of hitchhiking benches, supplementing the existing mobility network and acting as infrastructure promoting organized car-pooling.
- Analysis of the network coverage
- Concept for improving/expanding the network
- Analysis of synergy between analogue “Bench-infrastructure” and digital ride-sharing platforms/apps
- Analysis of connection to public transport offers and (if applicable) test of improvements
- Analysis of connection to car-sharing offers and (if applicable) test of improvements.
Pilot project target groups
The end users, the Ebersberg Pilot is interested in, are members of the general population living in the district. The aim is to reach the broadest part of the population possible, in particular commuters (for working or studying reasons) in order to reduce car-dependency among them.
A particular effort would be devoted to the inclusion of young and elders, usually those most hit by lack of mobility solutions, due to lower economic resources that can act as an obstacle when a car is the only mean available (due to high ownership and maintaining costs).