Rural development and mobility – more than just transportation | 4th MAMBA Rural Mobility Seminar (Bielsko-Biała, Poland)

The fourth MAMBA seminar, which took place on 12 November 2019 in Bielsko-Biala, Poland, was titled “Rural development and mobility – more than just transportation”.


The seminar discussed the role of rural mobility for (social) cohesion. Apart from the presentation of the so-far achievements of the project MAMBA, participants could hear the success stories of the practical implementation of the innovative solutions for the public transport, including Transport On Demand in Kraków area, the IT system of management and information on the public buses of the Bielsko-Biała Municipal Road Authority, the project of the re-organisation of the public transport for the Metropolitan Area of Katowice, an overview of most common problems of rural mobility from various Polish areas and the ways how the issues were addressed, the recommendations to make the suburb public transport more friendly for persons of limited mobility and – last but not least – practical solutions of 3 projects funded from Interreg programmes addressing the mobility in multiple countries – MARA, SMARTA and SUMBA. The seminar was summarised by the Head of the Council of the City of Bielsko-Biała, Mr Janusz Okrzesik.

The speakers proved that the rural mobility needs the attention and improvement and that the prevention from the mobility exclusion constitutes a key activity for each developing municipal area if they intend to maintain the impetus of the progress. The presentations and the discussion showed clearly that the municipality impact reach much further than their administrational borders and that term “local” is enhanced now to “subregional”.

The presentations from the seminar can be watched on the FB profile of the Regional Development Agency (partly in Polish):

  • Part 1 – Introduction | MAMBA project
  • Part 2Modern mobility in the Context of Cohesion Policy and Sustainable Development in the European Union | Remarks on Rural Transport
  • Part 3On the edges of the Policentric Metropolis – Challenges of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan | ITS System | Innovative Solutions for Transport on Demand in Poland on the Example of Tele-Bus in the Krakow region | Accessibility of the Public Road Transport for Seniors and Disabled in the City of Szczyrk | SMARTA Project (1/2)
  • Part 4SMARTA Project (2/2) | MARA Project | SUMBA Project

The report from the seminar can be found here.

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