With water tanks to more discipline in traffic

With water tanks to more discipline in traffic

Practitioners´ workshop on Urban Mobility in Tbilisi

This article was originally published in connective-cities.net in February, 2018.


The international cities platform Connective Cities in cooperation with the municipality of Tbilisi as well as regional projects of the German international cooperation welcomed representatives of Cities from Georgia, Serbia and the Ukraine as well as experts from Germany and Armenia for a Dialogue event for Urban Mobility in Tbilisi, Georgia, from the 20th to 22nd February 2018.

Offering the participants the development of sustainable urban mobility projects and their impacts in the context of climate change was the goal of the workshop. Since the focus of the workshop was the question of the reduction of air pollution by climate friendly transportation solutions, the experts got the chance to discuss challenges of their cities by conceptual designing and funding of resource saving and resilient  infrastructure projects, looking at Good Practices in the City of Tbilisi as well as to develop new solution approaches.




Jan Rickmeyer, Sector Project Sustainable Mobility, Germany
The role of sustainable moblility in SEE and the Eastern Partnership for reaching sustainable development goals

Dr.-Ing. Gerd-Axel Ahrens, "Friedrich List" Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Dresden, Germans
Sustainable Urba Mobility and Climate Change in Germany

Sulkhan Kvalia

E-mobility in Georgia - First steps


Welcome remarks & introduction

Dr. Manfred Poppe, Connective Cities, Bonn
Connective Cities Präsentation

Good Practice Presentations

Regina Lüdert, City of Stuttgart
Mobility Information Centre

Gela Kvashilava, Tbilisi Cycling Club
Everyday Cycling in Tbilisi

Dragan Marinkovic, Head of the Environmental Protection Department, City of Kragujevac, Serbia
Environmental Transport Governance Strategies on City-Level-Transport Demand

Christiane Heiss, Councillor of the Berlin Borough Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Department of Citizens´ Services, Public Order, Streets, Parks and Green Spaces
Bicycle polica by local Cyclist-councils

Hagen Seifert, Hamburger Verkehrsbund GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
Integrated Public Transport in Hamburg Metropolitan Region

Antje Merschel, Activist - Consultant Sustainable Mobility, The Volksentschein Fahhrad (VFF), Berlin, Germany
Bicycle policy and citizens´ participation: Civil society as driving force behind legislative initiative to secure the implementation of bicycle infrastructure in Berlin

Lasha Nakashidze, Project Manager
Green Cities: Integrated Sustainable Urban Transport for the City of Batumi and the Adjara Region

Tamar Pataridze, Sustainable Development Centre, Remissia
SEAP Development Challenges

E-Space Company presentation

Thomas Day, New Climate Institute
Georgia´s Climate Action Plan and the transport sector

Jan Rickmeyer, GIZ, Sector Project Sustainable Mobility
The role of sustainable mobility in SEE for reaching (climate related) sustainable development goals (SDG)

Prof. Dr. Stefan Bege, Lord Mayor´s office - Urban Development Department
Sustainable Transport in the City of Nuremberg



At the end of the programme, the participants had a good understanding of:

  1. the technical, institutional and financial framework of infrastructure planning, which enables the successful implementation of projects for reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
  2. the necessary steps to identify, prepare and implement urban infrastructure investments as well as planning a practicable economic model for the project;
  3. iniatives, experiences with proven methods and diverse methods for the integration of the civil society for the preparation of urban infrastructure projects,

in addition, they drove home with concrete action plans.

Innovative measures do not have to be complicated or expensive. "It would be possible to set up water tanks in the center of Zhytomyr for traffic calming, which would not only reduce the number of traffic accidents, but also the traffic as a whole and thus the CO2 emissions." suggested Stefan Bege from the city of Nuremberg.

As the former bicycle manager of the city of Leipzig, Jan Rickmeyer explained, the developed projects can be funded by the initiative TUMI and could be submitted in the framework of the TUMI-Challenge 2018.

Furthermore, the GIZ regional director Mary Schäfer refered to the continuous support of the German development cooperation of the south Caucasus cooperation to strengthening the efforts of fighting the climate change in these countries. Cities have a special importance and the results of this workshop betray a positive trend.

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