“City residents are often extremely dependent on their cars and therefore it should be a goal of each city to create a new culture of mobility.”

We spoke with Dr. Jürgen Perschon, CEO of EURIST (European Institute for Sustainable Transport), who want to lead the Africa’s mobility into a new era with the help of E-bikes. For him, when it comes to mobility, one thing is clear: We should focus more on planning for accessibility and the psyche of the demand side. He also believes that E-bikes are one of the most promising means of transportation.

Dr. Jürgen Perschon has professional working experience in the transport sector of both developed and developing countries since 1995, predominantly on transport planning, road safety, low-cost public and non-motorized transport as well as gender-related transport in rural and urban Africa, Asia and in the European context. One focus area is the proof of feasibility of urban ropeway systems with practical experiences in Asia, Africa and Europe). Since 1995 Jürgen Perschon has also consulted for GIZ, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation. His work focuses on the relation between transport and CO2 emission reduction, transport and the Millennium Development Goals, Poverty Alleviation and Environmental Protection.

What will happen if we don´t shift our mobility behaviour?

JP: We will lose the opportunity to regain urban space, clean air and integrated low cost and at the same time zero emission low distance mobility chains for livable communities and cities.

What do we have to radically invent, improve or change to realize the turnaround in transport policy?

JP: There are certain push and pull measures we need to take. We need to stop subsidizing unsustainable transport, close cities for the majority of individual motorized 4-wheeler-transport (push measures) and establish a people-oriented Eco mobility culture use planning (pull measures).

What is the most hyped buzzword in terms of mobility which has in your opinion no impact on the real issues of mobility?

JP: The mere focus on ELECTRIC CARS.

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “mobility”?

JP: Car drivers are not standing in a traffic jam… they ARE the traffic jam.

Let’s now take a look at the future of mobility. What will be the most important thing in 10 years from now about “mobility” that comes to your mind?

JP: I think green powered E-mobility on 2-wheelers will be the most important thing about mobility.

If you were able to use only ONE mobility solution for the rest of your life – what mobility solution would you choose?

JP: My preferred form of vehicle would be a strong and fast solar driven cargo E-bike.

What is the greatest mobility challenge for your company and for your sector industry these days?

JP: One of the greatest mobility challenges is to convince decision makers to invest in non-common approaches and adopt best practices as for example in Copenhagen, Melbourne and Paris.