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Challenge: Urban Mobility: Berlin 2030

Brief for Urban Mobility: Berlin 2030

In 2030, what would an urban mobility system look like that is efficient, affordable, safe and sustainable for Berlin? The Urban Mobility Challenge: Berlin 2030 is about transportation; it is not about cars. We are looking for solutions to transportation in these prize categories: (1) logistics, freight and utilities; (2) public transportation; (3) personal transportation for commuters and city dwellers; (4) tourism; and (5) entire system. Your challenge: Design an urban mobility system that is efficient, affordable, safe and sustainable for Berlin.
“Mobility is not a question of building wider or longer roads. It is about providing appropriate and efficient systems that serve the most people in the best, most equitable manner. — Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations
Global Context The world needs efficient, affordable, safe and sustainable mobility solutions. In 2010, 3.5 billion of the world’s population lived in urban areas. By 2050, it will nearly double to 6.3 billion, although most of that is expected to take place in developing countries.1 Increased population in high-density urban areas lead to costly traffic delays, increased pollution and safety problems.
“Urgent steps to improve the efficiency of urban transport systems are needed not only for energy security reasons, but also to mitigate the numerous negative climate, noise, air pollution, congestion and economic impacts of rising urban transport volumes. Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, IEA
Traffic delays cost commuters extra hours in travel time, more dollars in fuel costs and higher truck-freight moving costs.2 Congestion in high-density EU zones with high economic activity are estimated to cost around EUR 130 billion, or a little more than 1% of the EU's GDP, annually.3 and, approximately 69% of road traffic accidents in the EU take place in urban areas. Local Context Berlin today The Urban Mobility Challenge: Berlin 2030 is about transportation; it is not about cars. Our goal is to design, build and market new vehicle concepts that solve urbanization challenges. Target applications include: Last-miles logistics, vehicle sharing, public transport, personal mobility vehicles — and anything that involves moving people and goods within high-density living areas. 
  • Berlin, Germany, is the second most populous city in Europe (London is No. 1). More than 4 million people live in this high-density urban area, and it grows by approximately 43,000 new residents per year. 4
  • The greater Berlin metropolitan area includes five independent cities and 14 districts.
  • Berlin has a highly complex transportation infrastructure that provides a diverse selection of modes of transportation
    • 960 bridges cross 180 km of waterways 5
    • 5,419 km of roads, including 2,477 km comprising the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, tram and bus lines 
    • Long-distance railways connect Berlin with all major German cities and neighboring countries
    • 1.2 million registered motor vehicles
  • The city has a highly developed bike lane system that includes more than 900 km of bike paths,6 and bike transportation accounted for 13% of total traffic.7
  • Berlin and neighboring Brandenberg use a lot of renewable sources of energy (sun, wind, etc.).
  • Berlin has an efficient public transportation system, BVG, which operates approximately 950 million trips per year, using 3,000 vehicles that make 7,500 stops among almost 180 lines operated in Berlin and slightly out of the city. 8
  • Berlin is the third most visited city in Europe, and has seen a steady growth in overnight stays since 2003. 9
  • Freight transportation is growing in Berlin; about 64.6 million tons of goods are shipped by truck, 4.2 million tons shipped by rail and 3.2 million tons shipped by waterway annually in Berlin. 10
  • The average mobility experience could be summarized this way:11
    • Average number of journeys of the resident population:  3 journeys / person / day
    • Average length of journeys:    6.9 km / person / journey
    • Average daily distance covered:  20.2 km / person
Berlin in 2030 In 2030, what would an urban mobility system look like that is efficient, affordable, safe and sustainable for Berlin? How would you make travel seamless for commuters, tourists and freight? Here are some assumptions to consider for your challenge entry: 
  • Most public infrastructure has been maintained and optimized, but it has not expanded or modernized. 
  • More than 4.25 million people live in the city.
  • As the city has been scaled for 5 million inhabitants, some limits are being felt.
  • The city is still made of several connected city centers.
  • Since opening the Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), tourism and business-related trips have increased.
  • Means of transportation are more diverse and exploit all the opportunities the city offers (ground, underground, waterways).
  • Seamless intermodal mobility experience is the rule. (Some means of transportation have to be created or adapted if this is to be true.)
  • System matters more than car. Mobility service matters more than ownership.
  • Population is aging but must remain active longer. Comparative to other places, Berlin remains young and affordable.
  • A fair amount of renewable energy has to be locally produced (wind, solar, bio fuel) as a replacement of fossil fuels.
  • Logistics, freight and utilities are getting more complex. More inhabitants = more goods to deliver and pick-up = more constraints on the infrastructure. However, fewer people will be willing to become drivers.
  • There are more single-person households.
  • A regulator creates or reinforces incentives to reduce traffic and pollution (emissions and noise) in the city.
  • Technology shifts: inductive charging, autonomous driving
Let's Talk Prizes
  • Over $20,000 in cash prizes
  • Each participant may submit multiple entries
  • Each entry may compete in multiple prize categories
  • Each entry can win in multiple prize categories (prizes are cumulative)
  • Each of the 5 categories has 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winners 
    • 1st Place: $2,000
    • 2nd Place: $1,000
    • 3rd Place: $500
Category 1: Community Favorite
  • Voted by the community
  • Overall innovation / design / concept
______________________________Category 2: System Solutions
  • Evaluated by a jury of professionals      
  • System Solutions are about coordinating the overall mobility experience in the city
  • It is about inter-modality — the seamlessness with which the system components interact with each other.  
  • Think about service and non-physical components of the mobility experience — it's not about a type of car.
  • It is about understanding the overall impact from wells to wheel.
Some local key players:eMOInnoZ ______________________________Category 3: Logistics, Freight, Utilities Solutions
  • Evaluated by a jury of professionals      
  • Logistics and freight are about picking up, delivering and generally transporting goods within, into or out of the city.
  • Utilities are about keeping the city system functional and sustainable: garbage trucks, street sweepers, snow removal vehicles, etc.
  • Only the end result matters — packages delivered, trash picked up, roads cleared, etc.
Some local key players:MessengerBullittDB SchenkerBSR______________________________Category 4: Public Transportation Solutions
  • Evaluated by a jury of professionals      
  • It's about offering a mobility service to the widest range of users (locals and tourists, youth and elderly, all social classes).
  • It is typically about city planning and long-term investment on infrastructure.
  • Keep in mind a fine balance between cost and quality of service.
  • It is about commuters, vehicle sharing and space sharing but does not have to be exclusively about mass transportation vehicles..
Some local key players:BVGS-Bahn______________________________Category 5: Personal Transportation Solutions
  • Evaluated by a jury of professionals
  • It's typically about anything ranging from shoe to car including bike.
  • Most recent and quite successful trend in Berlin is around vehicle sharing.        
  • It's currently transitioning from ownership to service use.
  • It's about going to or from a location without a better alternative.
Some local key players:Car2goDriveNowCargoBike______________________________Category 6: Tourism and Leisure Mobility Solutions
  • Evaluated by a jury of professionals      
  • It's about enjoying the city.
  • Tourists often think about staying in specific areas.
  • They don't know their way around, and they move slower.
  • It's more about the journey (sight-seeing) and less about the destination.
  • Leisure activities can be about exercising.
  • It can also be about socializing.
Some local key players:Yoove MobilitySolarwaterworld Notes 1 UN Department of Economic and Social AffairsTexas A&M Transportation InstituteEuropean Commission 4 Federal Institute of Population Development5 VisitBerlin.de 6 VisitBerlin "A Cyclist's Paradise" 7 Neues Deutschland "Make Way! For Cyclists"BVG.deVisitBerlin.de Economic Factor for Berlin: Tourism and Convention Industry 10 Berlin Business Location Center11Berlin Traffic in Figures 2013, BerlinBaut
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Awards

1st Place
$2,000
Community Favorite
1st Place
$2,000
System Solutions
1st Place
$2,000
Logistics, Freight, Utilities Solutions
1st Place
$2,000
Tourism and Leisure Mobility Solutions
1st Place
$2,000
Personal Transportation Solutions
1st Place
$2,000
Public Transportation Solutions
2nd Place
$1,000
Community Favorite
2nd Place
$1,000
Personal Transportation Solutions
2nd Place
$1,000
Tourism and Leisure Mobility Solutions
2nd Place
$1,000
Public Transportation Solutions
2nd Place
$1,000
System Solutions
2nd Place
$1,000
Logistics, Freight, Utilities Solutions
3rd Place
$500
Community Favorite
3rd Place
$500
Personal Transportation Solutions
3rd Place
$500
Tourism and Leisure Mobility Solutions
3rd Place
$500
Public Transportation Solutions
3rd Place
$500
System Solutions
3rd Place
$500
Logistics, Freight, Utilities Solutions

Requirements for Urban Mobility: Berlin 2030

Ignition Kit File Downloads

Requirements

  • Your design must be relevant for at least one of the following categories
    • System
    • Logistics, freight, utilities
    • Public transportation
    • Personal transportation
    • Tourism and leisure mobility

Guidelines

  • You may consider autonomous mobility technologies, although it is not a requirement.
  • If you propose a change to existing transportation infrastructure, keep in mind that cost and time are important factors. Your solutions must be realistic.
  • Your entry has to be considered in the context of a system and can be totally new or derivative of existing, such as:
    • U-Bahn (Underground)
    • S-Bahn (Surface train)
    • Tram
    • Bus
    • Boat
    • Any personal vehicle
    • Any shared vehicle


Deliverables

  • Storyboard or flowchart showing the use of your concept in context (intermodality / system)
  • Three-quarter front view that depicts your modes of transportation in your system
  • Three-quarter rear view that depicts your modes of transportation in your system
  • Side view of your modes of transportation
  • Package view of your mode of transportation, if applicable, showing users and power sources
  • You are free to include written explanations in your entry, but it is not required.

Challenge Terms and Conditions

Entry list for Urban Mobility: Berlin 2030

Challenge Discussion for Urban Mobility: Berlin 2030