“It is important to find answers to the questions about mobility tomorrow. Stuttgart is well on the way to doing so.”
Mayor Dr. Wolfgang Schuster
Change in mobility – change in Stuttgart
Thanks to Gottlieb Daimler, Robert Bosch and Ferdinand Porsche, three world-famous names and companies are linked with Stuttgart and its history of mobility. Many â€¨innovative automotive suppliers from the city and region equip vehicles around the globe and improve their performance.
Today’s global remit is to find answers to tomorrow’s mobility, for the other side of the coin is increasingly apparent in the form of CO2 emissions harmful to the climate, dust, noise and the consumption of limited supplies of fossil fuels.
With its many players and networks, Stuttgart is already a leading international competence centre for mobility. Universities, research institutes and companies here are exploring new drive forms like the fuel cell or hybrid drive and are combining modern information and communication technologies with the automobile aimed at better controlling traffic flows and preventing congestion.
The Stuttgart mobility advice service offers inhabitants and visitors current information on how to travel efficiently in an environmentally friendly manner. The mobility centre informs the public about alternative drive models. We also have the Pedelec, an electrically aided bicycle which makes the hills in the Stuttgart topography easier to overcome.
The bicycle – no matter whether it is conventional or a modern e-bike – plays a key role in municipal considerations: an ambitious study forecasts that 20 per cent of road users will ride a bicycle in the long term and can thus relieve automobile traffic. The gradual extension of cycle paths and parking, as well as the new hire-a-bike depots, provide the necessary infrastructure.
The state capital is also active on the international stage: Stuttgart, for instance, â€¨coordinates trans-national cooperation in the “Cities for Mobility” global city network in dealing with urban traffic matters while drawing on its own outstanding regional network of the automotive industry, educational and research institutes.
Are we mentally mobile enough to depart from well-trodden paths and explore new ones? Can we, for instance conceive the new planned district of Rosenstein as being a CO2-free zone? The Stuttgart populace is actively involved in these reflections – the new district thus had the unique opportunity of being shaped by its inhabitants for its inhabitants.
We must also ensure the mental mobility of our children: as a seat of knowledge, Stuttgart needs creative kids to maintain its leading edge in the future both in national and â€¨international competition. Early learning, a spirit of adventure and language skills are introduced to the municipal day care facilities by initiatives like “Einstein in the kindergarten”.â€¨he Stuttgart education partnership ensures that every child is incorporated in a care and educational concept. A child-friendly city that meets the needs of children is no longer wishful thinking, it has become reality. 170 nations live together in our inno-vative city, their cultures and lifestyles intermingle, interact and bring forth new ideas: Stuttgart is always on the move. Dedicated pioneers and inventors have made their mark on the city in the past – technologies, talent and tolerance drive us forward today.
Come and see for yourself what a huge potential Stuttgart has to offer!
Dr. Wolfgang Schuster
Mayor of the State Capital
125 Years Automobile, the opening event of Automobile Summer 2011 on Schlossplatz in Stuttgart