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Hamburg's first decentralised switchh point opens

Firstmover.Hamburg emphasises car sharing; spaces for bikes, e-scoooters avaialble

The first of four decentralised switchh points has opened in the Hamburg suburb of Ottensen with space for four car sharing vehicles, two cargo bikes, two e-scooters and nine bicycles, according to a press release Friday (November 17, 2017). The concept has emerged from the Firstmover.Hamburg project to provide new forms of transport across Hamburg especially in densely populated suburbs like Ottensen and Eimsbüttel. The hope is that the offer will encourage people to sell their own cars and instead use sharing offers.

Route to model city

The partners of the project include the Ministry for Economics, Transport and Innovation, BMW Group, the suburbs of Altona and Eimsbüttel as well as Hamburger Hochbahn AG. Commenting during the opening ceremony, Andreas Rieckhof, said: “Hamburg is well on the way to becoming a model city of modern transport with emphasis on sharing. Those who no longer want to have a car, but do not want to limit themselves can opt to travel in shared vehicles – on a cargo bike, per e-scooter or by bus and train. That spares the environment and eases traffic on the roads. The switchh points are the ‘green light’ for total mobility without losing flexibility.”

“Our aim is to make shared transport offers as attractive as possible for the people of Hamburg. The pilot project Firstmover.Hamburg is a smart way of linking up the existing network of switchh points to suburban trains and out into the suburbs as well – close to the needs of residents and bringing them to their doors,” said Henrik Falk, CEO of Hamburger Hochbahn.

Modern mobility mix

Decentralised switchh points combine different means of transports such as cars, cargo bikes, bicycles and e-scooters. Residents no longer have to spend ages looking for parking spaces and can park in reserved spaces, which benefits residents and car drivers who are not taking part in the project. Although the number of parking spaces remains unchanged, the need for parking spaces dwindles when more people share vehicles.

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