82256 Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany

Episode: #26 Fürstenfeldbruck: "We Need To Be Clever To Change Mobility Patterns"

Guests Montserrat Miramontes – Transport Planner in charge of mobility management at the city of Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany


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Summaries of Key Takeaways:  

  • Background and Role: Montserrat Miramontes, originally from Mexico, has a background in environmental engineering and is currently responsible for transport planning and mobility management in Fürstenfeldbruck.
  • Sustainable Mobility Definition: Miramontes defines sustainable mobility as a transport system that meets current needs without compromising future generations, emphasizing efficiency and resource conservation.
  • Challenges and Population Dynamics: Addressing the challenge of convincing residents to adopt alternatives to car usage, highlighting the divide between environmental enthusiasts and car lovers.
  • Mobility Hubs Development: Discussion on planning and implementing mobility hubs to offer multimodal transport options and enhance urban mobility.
  • Communication and Engagement: Strategies for engaging the community through various communication channels and events, like European Mobility Week, to promote sustainable transport alternatives.
  • Collaboration and Tendering Processes: Insights into the complexities of coordinating multiple municipalities and the tendering process for establishing mobility hubs.


“To you, what is a Smart City?”

Montserrat Miramontes: “Um, I also had the opportunity to think about that because I, I, I heard that you asked this question, I did my homework, yeah. And I thought a lot about this. I know that smart city is so, is often linked with some, with a lot of technology or internet of the things or things like that in many cases. But for me, I thought about the concept and I thought I will link this idea of smart city to the concept of sustainability that we talked at the beginning. Mm-hmm. <affirmative>. I think that a city that is so smart also listens and understand its citizens and is able to provide a basic infrastructure for everyone to satisfy their needs. So again, the idea of sustainability while, uh, the resources needed for this are being used with care in a way, a bit like, um, you have a, in this topic in your podcast, um, with the c with the idea of circular economy mm-hmm. <affirmative> like this, resources are always kept in the circle. That for me will be a smart setting, city.”