Ever thought of taking part in a slam competition? Ever thought of doing so in a mobility slam? Most likely not, unless you attended our Mobility Slam session on 17 May 2018 in Hamburg Altona.
Transportation can be a controversial topic and, especially on the streets, it is rarely addressed with serenity. Mobility can provoke stress and enraged reactions, with cyclists speeding over a crossing despite the red light, car drivers honking, late busses filled with irritable people stuck in traffic, motorbikes dangerously squeezing between lanes, and pedestrians rushing without caution to catch their connection. Everyone sees her/his own perspective and has little understanding for others’. Yet almost everybody agrees that, ultimately, it is the authorities’ fault: a better planning would change the situation.
Our Hamburg team agrees, but they want to re-think mobility planning in a more positive, cheerful way and have an open discussion about it. This is how the Mobility Slam came about during the Altona Culture Days. Stop the long monologues. Take conciseness, mix it with fun and add a pinch of creativity and competitiveness. The audience is the jury. Six contestants gave it a try. Their contributions proved entertaining and informative and gave the jury a hard time deciding due to the high quality of each of them.
We would like to thank all our slammers (in order of appearance):
- Michael Glotz-Richter (Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, The Senator for Environment, Construction and Transport) who talked about shopping carts in children’s rooms in Bremen
- the winner (but for just 1 point!) Sandro Rabbiosi (NÜWIEL start-up) who explained the benefits of electronic bike trailers
- Karen van der Linde (Hamburger Hochbahn) who introduced the prototyping experiment of the Platzampel
- Johannes Mielchen (Bergedorf district, Smart City staff station) who argued why Bergedorf is miles ahead of all other Hamburg districts on the topic of smart cities
- Daniel Jenett who described the bicycle parking revolution made possible by BIKEPORT
- Philine Gaffron (TUHH) gave an overview of all innovations in the transport sector, showing that sometimes apparently new ideas such as ride sharing and electric vehicles are very old and have been tested long before, which means we can learn from them.
Why not spend an evening doing the same with your friends and family or even the neighbourhood and local community? If you do, write us with the results and share your pictures and videos!