Mobility Innovations – Only for Cities? First Rural Mobility Seminar
The first Rural Mobility Seminar organized by MAMBA on 27 September in Riga, dealt with mobility innovations and whether these are specifically driven by large cities and often, large private companies. Naturally, such companies invest where they see the biggest market potential, which is usually in cities. Therefore, solutions for rural areas are more often than not, an offspring of local, sometimes non-commercial initiatives and come to satisfy different demand patterns. They are possible, yet they are hampered by various obstacles. Many of them are structural or legal constraints (just think of the legal barriers to non-commercial car-sharing or combining people-to-service and service-to-people). Another major issue is that too often, innovations tried and tested in the urban context get applied one-on-one to rural regions (where they do not reach their full potential) instead of developing genuine rural approaches.
The report for the seminar can be found here.
The Rural Mobility Seminar Series has been developed by MAMBA as an event series that reflects current trends and challenges of rural mobility. Each seminar is dedicated to one specific topic and is open for researchers, local decision makers, transport and mobility professionals interested in exchange, networking and new perspectives on rural mobility. The second Rural Mobility Seminar takes place in Vejle (DK) 21 February 2019.