Transport and mobility
We differentiate between transport as the movement realised based on technical infrastructure within a physical space (e.g. streets, rails or pathways) and mobility as the potential to move in order to fulfil needs (e.g. everyday and leisure activities). This differentiation illustrates that the same need can be met with more or less transportation. Mobility of short range or within small sized grids (i.e. neighbourhood, work or shopping environment) can usually be mastered by bike or on foot with nothing but muscle strength. This type of mobility is a prerequisite to the social participation of all. It forms a basis to lively neighbourhoods and local added value. Being the most cost, energy and area efficient type of mobility it does not emit noise or pollutants and encourages autonomy and health.
COOPERATIVE develops transportation and mobility concepts that establish and combine new types of mobility with particular consideration of accessibility. Barrier-free mobility is prerequisite to the participation of anybody in social life. Modifications of streets, cycle- and footpaths not only aim at the reduction of constructed barriers but also on aspects such as lightning, orientation, safety and contrasting design.