“Citizen Taxi”

Baden-Wuerttemberg , germany
smart mobility

Especially in rural regions it is not always easy to be mobile. Often, people are dependent on their own cars. For older people, who are not able to drive a car anymore, it can be very difficult to get to the doctor or the bakery in the town-center on their own.

The project “Citizen Taxi” focusses on an improvement of this situation. To this end, the municipal government decided to buy a hybrid car. The car will be driven by voluntary drivers each day from Monday to Friday. The project starts in April 2020. For inhabitants of Loeffingen the service is free.

The distances that can be covered by the “Citizen Taxi” are restricted within a radius of 20 kilometers. The citizens are able to get to the next lager cities, Donaueschingen or Neustadt. Announcements can be made to the citizens’ administrative office two days before the journey by telephone, fax or e-mail. Passengers will be picked-up and taken back to their front doors. It is also possible to transport two or three citizens. Social contact is desirable.

Even though the project has not yet started, many citizens are interested in becoming a voluntary driver. That is a good sign and a necessary condition for the success of the project. The result of a current citizen survey in Loeffingen shows that many residents wish for better mobility offers. Therefore, it is to assume that many inhabitants are pleased with the new service. As soon as the “Citizen Taxi” has started, the number of passengers will be checked for gaining an impression of the demand for the service. High numbers can be seen as evidence of success.
Applicable in rural, non city areas
Municipality
Elderly
April 2020 – ongoing

Implementation

Key conditions for success

Key conditions for success in Loeffingen were the willingness of the citizens, who know their ways around in Loeffingen, to participate in the project. Another key condition was to provide a clear added value for the citizens. Only if the locals see the advantages of a project, a project will be successful.

Key steps for activity implementation

1) Analysis of needs through a group of stakeholders 2) Information meeting for citizens 3) Meeting of the honorary drivers to plan the timetable 4) Ensure that the service is commonly known

Difficulties encountered/ lessons learned

There are no difficulties so far.

Additional information

Please do not hesitate to contact Jonas Rakelmann for further information.

Resources needed

The purchase of the car was a cost-intensive decision. Nevertheless, the most important resources for this project are the citizens, who work as voluntary drivers. For security reasons, the honorary helpers had to pass a little medical checkup successfully. The costs for the checkup were paid by the municipal government.

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Regionalverband Südlicher Oberrhein

Jonas Rakelmann

+49(0)761 7032721

Caseificio Val d’Aveto – Investing to sustain the local supply chain

Liguria, italy
smart economy

Collection of the milk from different cattle farms of Val d'Aveto territory and milk processing. Automation of the packer in order to increase the production and, in this way, create new jobs.

The dairy has maintained an entirely local supply chain, thus contributing to a strong territorial identification of its products. Moreover, it employs 23 people from the Aveto Valley; 3 jobs were created by the investments made with the 2014 – 2020 RDP support. The dairy collects milk from 20 cattle farms. In 2017, it collected 15.000 q. of milk and it processed 25% more milk from local suppliers between 2016 and 2018.
Applicable in rural, non city areas
Local region
Youth, Students, Active working people
2017-ongoing

Implementation

Key conditions for success

The existence of a local supply chain

Key steps for activity implementation

-Investigate the existence of a local supply chain that can support the activity -Create a local network of farmers -Invest in new technologies

Difficulties encountered/ lessons learned

It is necessary to invest in rural SMEs in order to avoid the abandonment of agricultural activities

Resources needed

It is needed a huge investment amount

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digital.tirol

Tyrol, austria
smart governance
strategy of the government of Tyrol to improve the digitalisation in the county
Applicable in rural, non city areas
Local region
Students, Active working people
ongoing

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Standortagentur Tirol

Julia Scharting

Gem2Go

Tyrol, austria
smart governance, smart living, smart people
communication app for communities with their inhabitans
Applicable in rural, non city areas
Municipality
Youth, Elderly, Students, Active working people
ongoing

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Standortagentur Tirol

Julia Scharting

Ummadum

Tyrol, austria
smart mobility
Ummadum is a mobility app, which combines mobility solutions with regional economic cycles https://www.ummadum.com/en/
more than 80 Tyrolean communities
May be applicable in some rural areas
Local region
Active working people
ongoing

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Standortagentur Tirol

Julia Scharting

Prontobus RUMOBIL

Province of Modena, italy
smart mobility
There are two reservation systems: the first one is the mobile phone application “Prontobus”. The other one is a call-center number available from 8.00 to 17.45 only on working days. From a list of stops the user can choose the departure stop and the arrival stop and the departure time or the arrival time. For call reservation 60 minutes notice is required. The user can reserve the route for the same day or for the next day or next week. It is no allowed to use Prontobus without reservation. Prontobus ticket is the same of the existing public transport system and it is also purchasable on board.
Applicable in rural, non city areas
Local region
Elderly, Students
2010-ongoing

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Nextbike: bike sharing system in rural territories in Austria

Burgenland and Lower Austria, austria
smart mobility
www.nextbike.at
The good practice has being going since 2007
Applicable in rural, non city areas
Local region
Youth, Students, Active working people
2007-ongoing (Burgenland), 2010-ongoing (Lower Austria)

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OEMOBIL O.G.

Michael Chibin

Bed & Sports Willisau

REGION LUZERN WEST, austria
smart governance
Bed & Sports in Willisau is a new accommodation offer (inaugurated in January 2018), which is embedded in the existing accommodation offers in the Willisau region. The offer supports and demonstrates the importance of sports tourism and its value for the city and the entire region. Willisau has always been a hot spot for athletes from all over Switzerland; since 1972, the city operates a sports center of national importance. Thus, in Willisau, there are an indoor swimming pool, a swinging cellar, a hall for strength, gymnastics and wrestling, various athletics facilities, a 400-meter circular track, three soccer fields, a 4-field beach facility, a cable car and several gyms at disposal. So far, however, Willisau has mostly been lacking overnight offers with 4- and multi-bed rooms, as well as theory rooms for sports camps. Adjacent to the sports facilities, the athletes accommodation “Bed & Sports” with 106 beds, theory rooms and a fitness center has now been realized together with the city of Willisau. This project allows the continuous tourist promotion of the region, since these beds are also available to sport tourists (biking, hiking, etc.). With the expansion of overnight accommodation in the affordable price segment, the sports facilities can be used even better, which has a positive effect on operating costs.Every year, over 20,000 athletes benefit of these accommodation options at the Willisau sports center. This offer is also used for cantonal youth & sports camps.The shared booking platform for the offers of Bed & Sports via the city of Willisau is ideal for athletes, clubs and tourists.
Bed & Sports Willisau is well implemented in the region and beyond. The shared plattform, which is used to book all the beds in Willisau is well used.
Applicable in rural, non city areas
Local region
Youth, Elderly, Students
January 2018 - ongoing

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REGION LUZERN WEST

Alexander Siegenthaler

FIELD TEST E-MOBILITY

Lower Austria, austria
smart mobility
Can a low voltage power grid support one street if allhouseholds are using an electric car? A small villagein Lower Austria was selected to test the influenceof e-cars on the power grid. 18 households got 23e-cars for their daily use. A simple control technologymonitored the voltage in the grid and slowed downthe charging process if needed. Within the six weekstryout the voltage in the grid was never in a criticalstate and each morning all cars had a full battery. Theparticipants were enthusiastic and used the electriccars for 90 percent of their everyday trips, with a totalof 53.000 km in 6 weeks.In the future, the field test will be extended. In the villageObersiebenbrunn, it will be analysed how e-mobilitycan be realised in large scale residential buildings; witha focus on charging in underground parking and e-carsharing systems. In a third village called Echsenbach,an intensification of the first field test will be repeated.Winter months will provide insights into extraordinarysituations with additional consumption of heat pumpsand electric cars.
Applicable in rural, non city areas
Municipality
Youth, Elderly, Students
2018

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Photovoltaic-League Lower Austria

Lower Austria, austria
smart environment
The Lower Austrian Photovoltaic-League highlights the most successful communities in terms of increasing their installed PV capacity. The competition takes place once a year and even small communities have the chance to capture the trophy.In order to balance the chances between small and large communities, the target figure is defined by the yearly gains in installed PV capacity per capita. The champions of each district have the possibility to take part in an award ceremony where they receive their trophies. The most successful district champion will be declared state champion.The requirement for a comprehensive data set is the cooperation with power utilities that report the installed PV capacity in their power grids once a year. The communities have the chance to benefit from dissemination activities like regional press releases and online activities. In 2017 the Lower Austrian Photovoltaics-League was carried out for the sixth time. All Information can be obtained via www.pv-liga.at (Website in German)Highlight of the project: Award ceremony with district-champions that receive the trophy.
Applicable in rural, non city areas
Local region
Youth, Elderly, Students, Active working people
ongoing

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