They are the urban meeting places of society, trade and mobility. Here, every square meter is fought over and sometimes even argued about. Stakeholders from politics, science, business or the public lose sight of the big picture in the minutiae of terms like car-free or low-traffic. At the heart of it all is the quality of life in our communities. In this context, personal mobility must be seen in the context of weighing up the interests of the general public. What good is the traffic-calmed main street of a district if the craftsmen, the garbage collectors and the truck with the fresh food for the supermarket are then also excluded. It’s only possible together . Everyone has to make a contribution and free up space for the others. Innovations in technology and IT support this. Digitization helps to optimize the flow of traffic and goods. Alternative concepts such as the load wheel and the parcel box or new drive systems such as the fuel cell or the battery-powered parcel vehicle are welcome permanent guests in urban areas. Whatever helps is to look beyond one’s own nose or the boundaries of one’s own city. Many municipalities and cities are launching pilot projects. Others can orient themselves on these and transfer concepts to their own application. The European perspective is also very useful in this field. Some examples and further exciting content is available on the Web at

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