On Monday, March 13, Trendsportal went international. In cooperation with the Euregio Rijn-Maas-North, we presented ourselves to our colleagues from the cities of Mönchengladbach and Krefeld and to the Kreise Viersen and Kleve. Our colleagues from the RMO Mid-Limburg and the municipality of Roermond were also there. Andy Dritty received us in the beautiful building of the Euregio in Mönchengladbach.
The main goal, which we certainly reached, was mutual acquaintance. ‘Who is who?’ but also ‘What are we working on?’. Peter van Wijlick took our German colleagues along in the mobility of the future, in Trendsportal. It was interesting to experience that the municipalities and Kreise are working with this theme only to a limited degree. They are working on making mobility more sustainable in the form of offering better cycling facilities, but virtually not at all with the question of what using self-driving vehicles and further development of the sharing economy could mean for mobility.
The municipality of Roermond presented their Mobility Challenge. Both Kreise and Mönchengladbach are now preparing for the new OV tender. This provides us with the opportunity to get an impression of cross-border connections. Krefeld and Mönchengladbach are also intensively working on bicycle connections. A task that will require a lot more attention in the coming decades.
In closing, we identified a number of themes that we are going to further explore together:
- Mobility of the Future
- Bus and train connections
- Euregional Cycling
In September of 2017, the following meeting is planned at the town hall in Venlo. Meanwhile, we can now know where to find each other for more current issues. A wonderful result, which contributes to one of the core values of Trendsportal: Connecting and sharing knowledge and offering access to anyone who wants to get involved in planning the mobility of the future.