What does mobility mean to you?
Aachen is working at full steam on the topic of future mobility. You can get an impression of what’s going on from 4th to 20th December at the pop-up store of the EMA initiative “Living Lab Aachen”. The innovation network is showcasing a range of exciting exhibits there – and wants the general public in Aachen to get involved as co-developers. More on EMA…
We’ve been asking around to find out what mobility means to individual people.
"My particular interests mean that when I think of mobility, I think of digitalisation. In the analogue world, it's important to me that I can get to work or to the university quickly by bike or by public transport."
Benasir, 23, is about to start her Master degree course in "Digital Media Communication" at the RWTH Aachen University. (Photo: Stadt Aachen)
"I work on the Campus Melaten, so it's important to me that I can get from A to B fast. To get to work, I take the bus, but I'm also happy when I can cover short distances on foot."
Jonas, 23, is a student assistant at the iMSE (Institute for Machine Elements and Systems Engineering) of the RWTH Aachen University. (Photo: Stadt Aachen)
"Inner cities must be car-free, and surrounding regions must be served by excellent transportation links. I think the automotive industry should shoulder more responsibility."
Günther, 70, former police officer, also sees the future of mobility in public transport. (Photo: Stadt Aachen)
"For me, what mobility means most of all is this: walking in the countryside, cycling and staying mobile in my head." (Photo: Stadt Aachen)
Mara, 81, (left) didn't want to be photographed alone. So Elena (right) joined her. But the words are from Mara, who formerly worked in an office at Trumpf. (Photo: Stadt Aachen)
"I would always prefer my car to a bus. But that's not because of the greater comfort. It's because travelling by bus – especially in the border region with all the different providers you have to use and the different fares you have to pay – is far too complicated and far too expensive. Living in the Euregio means that we need internationally standardised public transport fares. What mobility means to me is being able to move freely!"
Martin, 61, is a retailer from Aachen who is busy decorating his stand at the Christmas Market. His view of the issue is completely different... (Photo: Stadt Aachen)