In research we

  • analyse the interactions between mobility behaviour, transport system, society, economy, space and the environment;
  • collect data and create methodological foundations and tools for sustainable transport planning and sustainable mobility solutions;
  • actively contribute to the dissemination of knowledge through cooperation with partners from practice and administration and through community-oriented events;
  • work with utmost diligence and integrity to achieve evidence-based results of highest quality.

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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-05-01 - 2021-12-31

While large joint widths for pavements are desirable from the perspective of drainage, they are undesirable from the perspective of walking comfort and wheelchair accessibility (Grimm 2018). In the course of a master's thesis written at the Institute of Transport, the topic of barrier-free use of of road surfaces was investigated in terms of good rollability with wheelchairs (Aigner 2020). A new measurement method was developed and tested for this purpose. The basic hypothesis of the method is that there is a correlation between the objectively measurable physical quantity of acceleration and the resulting jerk on the one hand and the subjective perception of wheelchair users on the other. To test the hypothesis, a wheelchair was equipped with a mobile phone as an accelerometer. The wheelchair equipped in this way was driven over 14 different street surfaces in the city centre of Vienna and the accelerations were measured. Eleven people who are dependent on a wheelchair in everyday life drove on nine of these surfaces and evaluated their barrier-free rollability. Despite the relatively small sample, it can be assumed that the presumed correlation between physical measured variables and subjective perception exists. Accordingly, the accelerometer is a suitable method for assessing the accessibility of surfaces in public spaces. The study pursues several objectives. Firstly, the test method developed in (Aigner 2020) is to be validated in more detail and checked with regard to its possible applications in practice (WP1, WP3). Among other things, the influence of the wheelchair type and the steering wheels, which was largely excluded in (Aigner 2020), will be investigated. Based on this, a criterion for barrier-free rollability is to be derived with the help of extensive measurement tours (WP2) as a function of joint width, slab size and evenness. Finally, paving materials commonly used in Vienna will be evaluated with regard to infiltration and barrier-free rollability with the help of this criterion (WP4).
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-05-01 - 2024-04-30

The SmartHubs projects examines mobility hubs, dedicated on-street locations where citizens can choose from different shared and sustainable mobility options. The main objective is to assess if a co-designed user-centric development can enable mobility hubs to act as a game changer towards sustainable urban mobility and accessibility. SmartHubs will examine, develop and apply research methods and tools in four SmartHubs Living Labs in Belgium (Brussels), the Netherlands (Rotterdam-the Hague), Germany (Munich) and Austria (Vienna and Seestadt aspern). SmartHubs will develop and apply novel participatory and impact assessment tools (i) an open accessibility tool involving inputs from individual citizens to examine the local accessibility impacts of mobility hubs, (ii) an accessibility network analysis and resilience tool to examine the impacts of mobility hubs on transport network resilience, (iii) a multi-actor multi-criteria analysis method is used and extended to involve individual citizens and (iv) 3D visualization, augmented reality and gaming will be used to facilitate co-creation processes of mobility hub design. Finally, SmartHubs will conduct rigorous research on a broad range of mobility, accessibility, vulnerability, resilience and societal impacts of mobility hubs (including environmental, equity, gender, and transport poverty impacts) which go beyond the current state of the art.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2021-03-01 - 2023-08-31

In addition to taking into account ecological and economic aspects of sustainable, active mobility, the health effects of actively travelling to work for employees in companies form the core of ActNow. Building on the GISMO project and other research results from MdZ, ActNow aims to demonstrate the full potential of active mobility in the context of commuting to work and the associated everyday routes, in particular those that accompany children, and to realise this in the test area of Salzburg and Upper Austria as well as in individual large companies throughout Austria. The application of evidence-based planning methods and planning tools is another integrative component of the project. An intersectoral policy board will accompany the ActNow project. Translated with (free version)

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