Generally speaking, cars dominate the “mobile life” in Central America, too. I was well aware of it. And yet I was surprised when I saw the number and frequency of congestions in the big and small cities. The same is true for the (probably only imagined) dependency on all kinds of combustion motors.

Let me first say something about cruises:

Well, we did an entire round through the Caribbean on the huge TUI ship “MeinSchiff 4“ – with four days at sea and ten days on shore. This ship does the same route several times between December and February, another “MeinSchiff“  does another round in the same area with other destinations. Then they go to new waters and cruise those. Cruises have become a sort of “regular service”, which certainly facilitates the logistics. But it also makes the travelling experience a little more “convenient”. And, of course, there are ships from many shipping companies doing business in the Caribbean.

World tours individually designed, for instance from Hamburg back to Hamburg stretching over a time frame of nine months with new routes, have become scarce. That is true for all the shipping companies I know, such as Costa, Celebrity or MeinSchiff (TUI) – and the same is true for the small ones.

However, this is not bad news, because travelling on a ship has a huge advantage. Throughout the day, you will see many places in various countries and you can actually structure your day quite intensely and individually. The often inconvenient transport happens at night and is very comfortable. That means a ship is basically a mobile hotel where you wake up at a new location every morning.

I am well aware of the problem of cruises (and far-away vacations in general). As a general rule, only flying long distance will take you there – and a ship is definitely a strong “environmental sinner”. That means one cruise every year will destroy all the efforts I make towards getting a more environment-friendly carbon dioxide footprint. Even the fact that I no longer drive a car or go by bike or public transport in Germany is little help.

Let me explain step by step:

During our two-week cruise through Central America, the people check in and out of the ship at one of two harbours: La Romana and Montego Bay, both of which have a harbour and an airport in Jamaica.

As a general rule, you leave the ship where you boarded it. That means that these convenient cruises expect you to return to the place where you originally arrived. Consequently, you will not need an open jaw ticket. We boarded our ship in La Romana in the Dominican Republic (R.D.), where we also left the ship. Luckily, that meant the shortest flight from Munich to the Caribbean.

We wanted to see as much as possible of the country, rather than just collect impressions through car and bus windows. What we wanted was get into contact with “the country and the people”. And that is what we also accomplished. We often went places on foot and – unfortunately – only once rode bikes. We used cars (taxis) three times. We took four organized tours, for which purpose we often used a bus and various-sized boats. Once, a cable car was our means of transportation.

How it started:

On December, 9th, around 4 p.m. and after more than ten hours on board, our plane landed at the airport of La Romana in the Dominican Republic. From the landing strip, the bus took us to the harbour, which was about ten minutes for the few kilometres. The luggage was delivered directly from the plane to the ship cabin – which means that, in terms of logistics, the transfer from home to the ship was really optimal.

However, the check-in at the ship took rather long. On this route, the ship only has two “change days” (they used to call them arrival and departure days) and that means that around 1,000 new passengers will arrive from their own charter flights in a short time interval. We were just about the last. That means it took some time before we were on board, even though the check-in, too, was rather well organized with many desks. But, as I said before: the good news was that the luggage was sitting right in front of our cabin.

The voyage starts!

We arrived on December , 9th. The 10th of December was a day at sea en route to Jamaica. That was quite well, because it was a needed day of leisure after the long flight. We arrived at Ocho Rios harbour in the morning of December, 11th.

December, 11th – Ocho Rios – Jamaica – – ON FOOT
Departure time around 7:00 / arrival time 20:00

This is the first mainland day on our trip and my first time in Jamaica, the country of Bob Marley!

One of Ocho Rios’ attractions is the Dunn’s River Falls. They are “waterfalls” where the water flows down on a plateau-like descent. You can climb up through the flood of water from down on the ocean for around fifty metres. It looks spectacular – in fact it looks a lot more dangerous than it actually is. .The sweet water is pleasantly warm, which makes the entire adventure a nice joke. Finding the shallow places is no problem, which means you can easily do it without a guide.

Barbara at the Dunn’s River Waterfalls on her way up!

On board the ship, there is a “day’s itinerary” for each day (printed in paper, too) and, with the exception of days at sea, there is also “harbour information”. It contains useful information and a map of the harbour. On the map, we can see that, apparently, it is not too far from where our ship is docked in Ocho Rios to the Dunn’s River Falls. Our estimation is that it might be between five and ten kilometres.

Consequently, we set out to hike the way. It is a little cloudy, which is naturally good news for our December paleness. Again and again, it rains. But that is not a problem for us, because the rain is warm. In fact, we consider it nice refreshment. Once in a while, we seek shelter and thus have our first chance to get in touch with the local population.

For us tourists, the admission fee for the Dunn’s River Falls is 20 USD per person. There is no discount for retired persons. Many families who live in the country with their numerous offspring are also standing in the queue. In their faces, you can see how they are looking forward to the experience. They pay half. The organized trip from the ship to the waterfalls would have cost us around 50 USD, but that would not have been hiking. Instead, we would have had a bus and a guide.

Early in the afternoon, we are back on board. On the whole, we hiked perhaps around 15 kilometres, which is not bad, is it? Later in the afternoon, we go to the “village”. Most of the shops are closed. After all, it is the Third Advent Sunday. I would like to buy a Bob Marley T-shirt. Actually, due to the Sunday, many shops are closed, but there are still enough open.

Bob Marley is truly worshipped here. He is the national hero of Jamaica. In general, T-shirts are cheap, only buying Bob Marley comes at a higher price. After having looked in several shops, we find an official T-shirt I rather like. However, depending on the shop, it costs between 20 and 36 USD. As opposed to this, a “normal” T-shirt can be bought for five or even (considerably) fewer US dollars. The salespersons strictly refuse to sell the Bob Marley shirt for less than 18 USD. It seems to me that selling the national hero for little money is definitely sacrilegious.

Our ship takes off after darkness has fallen and continues to drive along the coast of Jamaica to Montego Bay (Mo Bay). And a nice red original Bob Marley t-shirt is sitting in my “suite”. I will wear it on Silvester Eve at home.

December, 12th – Montego Bay – Jamaica – – ON FOOT, Taxi
Departure time 7:00 / arrival time 22:00; doing our own tour

This is how a Christmas Tree looks in Jamaica. The one you see here is being erected in the centre of Montega Bay.

Incidentally, the second change day of this route was in Montego Bay. This means that around 1,000 persons leave the ship and 1,000 new arrivals board. However, this does not concern us. After all, we want to go back to the mainland.

The “harbour information” map shows us that the way to the centre should be around seven kilometres, which means that it is definitely possible to hike.

So we start: first along the Southern Cros Blvd, then turning left onto Howard Cooke Hwy. This time, there are hardly any clouds and practically no shadow. Regardless, we arrive at Montega Bay Market after little more than an hour.

Our Mo Bay amusement tour is rather long. The return trip seems to be longer than the way out when we are half way. Perhaps it is a good idea to take a taxi? At this very moment, a taxi driver sitting at the kerb asks us if he can take us to the ship. He will drive us for free, because then he can enter the harbour taxi area. If you are parked there, you can earn real good money. Later, we will learn that going by taxi from the ship at the harbour to diverse destinations will always be several times as much as is normally charged. We are a little exhausted and gladly accept the generous offer.

Late in the evening, the journey continues to Mexico. Between Mo Bay and Cozumel, however, there is the second day at sea on December, 13th.

December, 14th – San Miguel/Cozumel – Mexico – – RIDING OUR BIKES
Departure time 6:30 / arrival time 20:00; doing our own tour

Cozumel is an island sitting before the eastern coast of the Mexican peninsula Yucatán. We leave the ship rather early and first stroll towards the centre of the small village San Miguel. On the harbour information map, the way looks considerably shorter than the one to Montega Bay (and that turns out to be true). Regardless, the number of taxi drivers who tell us that it is too far to walk feels like a hundred.

However, we do not manage to get to the centre, because we discover a bike rental next to a motorbike rental (exclusively letting Harley-Davidson machines) on the right side as you walk into the town. The bike rental will close at 4 p.m. (after all, darkness falls early), but since this is early afternoon, there is enough time left.

They offer very simple bikes for 10 USD – only equipped with a brake and lacking both gear shifts and an additional hand brake. For 15 USD, you can get some sort of trekking bike, which has a gear shift and free-wheeling. And then there are some electronically supported “fat boys”. You can hire them for 20 USD. Prices are for one bike and one day.

Well, I rather like the idea of trying an electrical fat boy. However, the salesperson warns us that the batteries are just in the process of being loaded and that this will take some time. Since I feel a little “unfamiliar” with only a pedal brake, we take two “trekking bikes” for 30 USD.

A nice long bike trip brings us to the northern beaches of Cozumel Island on the coast of Mexico.

The bikes are well-oiled, the tyres have enough air. The bottom bracket of my bike seems to have a problem, since it makes strange noises. Regardless, we very much enjoy riding the bikes.

First, we continue on our way to the centre of San Miguel. We look at a few shop windows. As everywhere, there are many jewellery shops, specializing in diamonds. They will continue to haunt us throughout the entire trip.

Then we go back in a northerly direction, passing the bike rental and the ship and then onto a street going north along the eastern coast. We ride along exquisite hotels that look quite expensive and seem to stand sentinel on the way like pearls, except that the distance between two of them is mostly a few hundred metres, occasionally also one or two kilometres. We ride quite a far way along the ocean and we really enjoy it – then we get hungry and thirsty. We turn around, again pass the ship and go to the bike rental, where we hand back our bikes. Then we walk a little more than one kilometre back to the ship. It was a great day. In the evening, we depart for Belize.

I almost forgot:
In Cozumel, shortly before the bike rental, we visit a small bar on a minor road, where we have “free WLAN”. In return for drinking two cups of coffee and one bottle of water for three times three USD, we can use the internet and read and send emails. Answer chats. Download the SZ and do whatever else has accumulated.

December, 15th -– Belize City – Belize – – BUS, BOAT, ON FOOT
Departure time 9:00 / arrival time 20:00; organized trip.

It seems that Belize City does not have a harbour that can be accessed by ships as huge as the MeinSchiff 4. On this one visit of the mainland, the ship does not enter the harbour as usual. Instead, it lies at anchor far out. Consequently, it has to tender. Normally, that is a procedure where the ship’s own lifeboats are launched, and then they have to commute between the ship and the mainland. In Belize, they provide a regular tender service for this. Since we booked an early organized trip that departs early, we can use the second tender to the mainland.

Our trip seems to look quite attractive to many passengers. We need two busses. Everybody wants to see the Maya heritage. We are early, the busses have not yet arrived. Consequently, we wait in the harbour building. It feels a little like when I was in primary school – we stand in rows of two and wait. Then our bus arrives and we are transferred to Tower Hill. This is where, at long last, we get “local treats” – chicken with inlaid onions and delicious vegetables. Along with it, we get the standard “wedding” – that is rice on black beans. I know the “wedding” from our Cuba bike tour two years ago. Since I do not like rice, I pass on it. However, all the other dishes are really tasty – simple and delicious.

Now we are full and content, and thus move into small but very fast boats that are supposed to take us to Laimanai. We are the last to board and consequently sit at the very rear. The boats hurry to Laimanai at tremendous speed. All we can see to the right and left are the water fountains. On or way back, we will apply a different strategy.

At long last: the Lamanai Maya Temples.

This is what we do. On the return trip, our seats are at the front of the ship. And the view is spectacular. Also, the boat no longer seems to go quite so incredibly fast
The Maya city of Laimanai was truly very impressive. On the way back, however, there are some small problems. First, our captain has to help a boat that cannot move on. And then our bus gets stuck in a mega congestion.

This is how the end of the shore trip is as late as 7.30 p.m. .There is no time left for a stroll through Belize City.The only things we can report are those we saw from the bus. To us, Belize looked very British, not just because you drive on the left-hand side. That was something we already knew from Jamaica.

As soon as we arrive back on the ship, it sets out. To be sure, it is not quite as punctual as usual. It is a little after 8 p.m. We had to wait for another tour group that was a little late. Now we set out for Honduras.

December, 16th – Roatán – Honduras – – ON FOOT, Taxi
Arrival time 9:00 / departure time 20:00; by ourselves

View from the ship – looking towards West Bays, which is where we are headed.

Roatán is an island situated half an hour by ship from the mainland of Honduras. Today, we want to go to the “Westbays“. Because they say the beach is particularly nice there. And, if possible, we would also like to ride bikes again.
First we enter the small town east of the harbour and ask the local population where we might rent a bike. The answer is: not on this side, but perhaps on the northern side of the island, that is behind the mountains. That is where you might find a bike rental. We can go there by taxi.

But that would not make sense, would it? Then we try to find out how far it is to the “Westbays“ . We get different answers and eventually agree on the number seven. But we are talking miles. So we start out. And before we leave the town, we discover a very special place. It is a small park area with benches that seem to be dedicated to friends of Honduras from Taiwan. There is pretty good public WLAN. We are online for the second time on this trip and download all we need.

Then we start out on foot. Back to the ship, passing the ship and going towards the “Westbays“. Time and again, it rains. Initially, we take shelter under palms that line the streets. Since that is not much use, we eventually continue hiking even when it rains. After all, the rain is nice and warm.

All the time, taxis stop next to us and offer their service. And they warn us that the way to the “Westbays“ is quite far and also rather arduous. Then we are beyond the half-way point. We take a break and enter a bar. And we drink several bottles of Salva Vida, which is one of the local Honduras beers. And we enjoy the sun of Central America on the pedestrian overpass. If paradise is half as nice …

So far, the street had no inclines and went straight along the southern coast. It was a nice path. Now we will have to turn inland. We wonder if it would be a good idea to turn around. Or should we go to our destination and then let a taxi transfer us home?

Again, it rains. Rather heavily. So far, we were always dry again by the time the next shower came. Now this no longer works. The rain finally drenched all our clothes. Now the path leads into the mountains. The view gets nicer and nicer – the path steeper and steeper. Initially, it is only up, then suddenly first down and then up. Extremely often. And as soon as, after a steep decline, we think that now the way must go down to the ocean, the next incline waits.

On our way, we see many tourist attractions. Several “Flying Dogs““Cool Runnings“, a Monkey-Park and similar things are supposed to lure the hiker. However, all those places seem to be closed – perhaps due to the rain.

Finally, we manage to arrive on the beautiful Westbays beaches. They certainly look nice, but they are also full of reclining chairs. On the water, the boats are sitting nose to nose. This is a little sobering. But then, we managed to get here and reach our destination, didn’t we?

It was a strenuous hike. Now we are really soaking wet. We find a taxi. For 10 USD, it takes us home to our ship. We are cold in the taxi. So the air conditioning is out and the windows are open. This is better. What a great day!

Wet to the bones, a little exhausted but very happy: our arrival at the West Bays Beach in Roatán/Honduras.

This was the first week! In my next post, I will tell you about the second week, which was from December, 17th to December, 23rd. It will start with a day at sea.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Wednesday December 7th, 2016

Cancelled: #AktMobCmp 2017 will not happen!

actmobcmp_100-300x86#AktMobCmp 2017 – which was scheduled for January, 5th and 6th, 2017, in Unterhaching – has been cancelled. The reasons are:

In 2016, we had almost 30 participants. Regardless of this number being a little on the small side, the last #AktMobCmp was a success. We had hoped to get around 50 participants in 2017.

The reason why we now cancel is simple: so far, the number of registrations is so small that we would have to assume a total of fewer participants than last year. And a two-day barcamp with few participants simply does not justify the rather intense preparatory work.

However, the cancellation for 2017 does not mean that I or we give up or quit. I would really like to try again in 2018. As before, there is the necessity that persons who want to promote a better mobility should network through institutions, clubs and interest groups. And there are so many exciting topics around “future mobility”.

In 2017, we want to discuss these topics, along with “active mobility in everyday life” in evening meetings. We already have good ideas and want to put them into practice with some partners.

Auf viele gute AktMob-Veranstaltungen in 2017

Auf viele gute AktMob-Veranstaltungen in 2017

May there be many good ActMob events in 2017!

We will invite to the events through the central “MeetUp“ and also communicate them through other channels. Maybe this is how we will get enough participants for a second try on the 2017 AktMobCmp. After all, it is quite possible that the lack of more interested persons is due to the timing (vacation time and holiday).

All those who would have liked to attend AktMobCmp 2017 in Unterhaching, please accept my apologies. And, please, let it be an extra motivation for you to come and support us during the evening events in 2017.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

DSC_1659or:
 How the Chauffeured Gentleman Imagines the Autonomous Car.

ADFC – that is the lobby club for us bike riders. Many bike riders think this club is a little stuffy and consider it just the equivalent of the ADAC. Consequently, they prefer free grass root movements, such as “Critical Mass“ and the like. Regardless, it is a pleasure for me to be an ADFC member and I also support the association with lobby work wherever possible. And I also very much recommend the membership.

The ADFC also organizes many excellent events. One of them is the lunch discussion group in Munich. At those lunches, I already witnessed many interesting presentations, for instance by Herrn Ude (when he was still mayor of Munich), Herrn Ramsauer (when he was Federal Minister of Transport), Toni Hofreiter (as mobility expert of the Green Party), but also by persons who are less publicly well-known, as for example the DB-Regio .managing director. The discussions were always very interesting and important.

Yesterday, we had another ADFC lunch discussion in Munich. The speaker was Peter Driessen , who is general manager of the IHK Munich and Upper Bavaria. For those who do not know what IHK is: it means Industrie- und Handelskammer (Chamber for Industry and Commerce). It is an organisation you have to be a member of if you own an enterprise, just as you have to pay their membership fees.

As an entrepreneur, you do not know why you have to be a member, but in return, you get a high-gloss magazine at regular intervals that is rather lacking in content and not very interesting either – and that will immediately end up In the rubbish bin. The IHK is generally quite present in people’s minds, because more often than not it has many managing directors – and those managing directors earn quite good money. After all, they are also responsible for many enterprises (see Official List of IHK on incomes of the GF team, not included other advantages such as business car and chauffeur, etc. – Offizielle Liste der IHK zur Einkünfte der GF-Teams ohne weitere Vorteile wie Geschäftsauto mit Fahrer etc.).

And then, Peter D. (without having intended to) explained with a personal true example how all the different traffic systems might be integrated in the future, at the same time disclosing his personal vision of a “driver-less car”:


“On the way to a presentation, his chauffeur-driven car got stuck in the traffic jam at Donnersberger Brücke. And since there was no chance for him to reach his destination in time using the private vehicle, he just left his car and continued on his way by S-Bahn train. And he managed to be on time. This would not have been possible without a chauffeur, since he could not have left the car standing in the middle of the Donnersberger Brücke, could he?”.

He then completed this example using his personal vision of a self-driving car:


“This is how, in such situations, you could continue by using public transportation in order to reach your destiny on time and the driver-less car could then do a leisurely turn through the congested streets and eventually retrieve its owner”.

He sounded rather serious when he said this. Perhaps he meant it as a joke? Except that such a concept of mobile future is all but hilarious. Especially if it comes from an important representative of a business association, at least one who considers himself extremely important.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

actmobcmp_100-300x86The first “Barcamp for Active Mobility in Everyday Life” was on January, 4th and 5th, 2016 in Unterhaching. We want to make a contribution to how mobility could and/or should look in a future worth living in. We would also like to make some headway towards a social consensus about the traffic of the future. We see this as a requirement for improving the current situation. After all, there are several reasons why matters cannot continue as they are today.

So last year, around 30 persons met at the Unterhaching Barcamp under the excellent directorship of Dr. Eberhard Huber – and they all went back home very satisfied and impressed by what they had achieved after the second afternoon. Here is the Video recording by Friedrich Lehn of the event of early in 2016.

The event managers are all my friends or acquaintances. We were and are a team of persons who have been critically and in a goal-oriented way thinking about the future of mobility. We take it for granted that today’s mobility will not and cannot have a future in smart cities and in the coming digital society. We would like to see how moving under your own steam and using your own muscles is no longer dismissed as “the remaining traffic”. And we ask how this kind of mobility – why not along with public transportation? – can become an equal and better alternative to individual traffic.

Consequently, we wish to build a network of as many persons as possible who want to promote active mobility in everyday life, exchange opinions and relate experiences, develop new ideas together with others and advertise those ideas in the public domain and in politics.

Since all the parties who were involved in the first AktMobCmp early in 2016 agreed that the event should be continued, we started our second round on May, 21, 2016 in the Augsburg Zeughaus. It was organized by ünter Schütz. Now we are into round number three, which will be on January, 5th and 6th, 2017 – this time back in the Unterhaching KUBIZ. Again, we will have two days – Thursday and Friday (Twelfth Day). As before, we also plan to have a nice evening event on Thursday

"TheAs last year, we offer three ticket price categories:

  • 25 € for students and craftsmen in training,
  • 50 € for all others and
  • 75 € for those who would like to make a generous contribution that will ease the burden of organization.

If you want to register, all you need to do is send an email to anmeldung@actmobcmp.org. We will reply immediately. Alternatively, you can fill in the registration form (Anmeldeformular) on our AktMobCmp page.  Again, your data will be transmitted to us via email and not stored on any other systems.

We are now looking for comrades in arms, partners and sponsors. Because we have great plans: perhaps we can manage to organize an exhibition of modern mobility products. We absolutely want more participants than we had last year.

You can find us at meetup, on Twitter with tag #AktMobCmp and on FaceBook. And if you have any questions or want to be part of the team, just contact me. Thanks a lot!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

I just read in Facebook how nice it would be if the only cars still left to us were e-cars. It is certainly technologically possible even today and “the government” wants to ban new cars with gasoline or diesel engines by the year 2030. And then I hear arguments for the mobile electric future. I find this rather confusing and immediately can think of a few things to say about it:

  • E-cars are first and foremost coal cars – as long as all around the world most of the electricity is produced with coal …
  • They are not a way to put a stop to the individual mobile mania that makes people use motorised monsters and sports devices on soil that has been covered with concrete – see Tesla …
  • The parking problem is also only one of many that even e-cars will not solve – just like the consumption of raw materials, reduced physical exercise, conflicts in mega cities, perceived omnipotence of a ruthless minority that are symbols of our XXL/X large live style. …
  • The self-driven car makes sense for some applications – and this is something we can only have in the form of an e-car…
  • However, it will be totally different from what we see speeding over the motorways today…
  • The mental concept of a huge SUV driving through the streets as a robot car makes me feel no different from the concept of seeing one of those Boston Dynamics fighting robots (like the Atlas) cross my path.
  • When the self-driving car comes, people will no longer park it as a status and power symbol in their car parks or in front of their homes. Instead, they will order it when they need it and tell it to take them where they need to go. …
  • I no longer go places by car – and am more mobile than I have ever been before in my life.…
  • … which, among other things is due to modern mobility tools such as trailers, folding bikes and the like …
  • … and I feel extremely comfortable – more comfortable than ever before in my life …
  • … and I can no longer imagine what you might need a car for…

Basically, the new German orthography should write “Outo”, instead of “Auto”, because it is totally out!

Neither will I ever drive an e-car …

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
Here are some electronic monsters …

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In the last few weeks, the topic “active mobility” suffered from too little attention by me. Instead, I was busy doing something about #FRIEDEN and DIGITALE TRANSFORMATION, seeing my grandchildren and my mentees, giving a little support to start-ups and attending to private interests such as riding my bike through Italy. And much more.

I am truly sorry about this, because I keep receiving news and new information that show how badly we need to do something:

  • The fine dust pollution in all the cities of the world is extremely high and still rising.
  • Due to the ever smaller size of pollutants through modern technology (we are talking nano dimensions), they are more unhealthy than ever.
  • The climate catastrophe gets more real, closer and ever more threatening.
  • Our autonomy in life is restricted, our way of life is more and more determined from the outside.
  • This is how, controlled from the outside, we sacrifice what is important to us, giving it to foreign institutions that manipulate us and put their own interests above ours.
  • The metrics of money and profit are onmi-present and rules the entire world and all areas of life.
  • The way how huge concerns manipulate us and rule over us gets more and more outrageous.
  • Fear becomes the determining drive of a strongly increasing irrationality in society and politics.

My conclusion:
As far as I am concerned, I am fed up with the new dishonesty and evil double morals. We need a huge transformation that begins with our cognitive perception. Mobility is an ample metaphor for the current development and the fact that transformation is absolutely necessary. It shows all the things that go wrong and how we badly need to change our opinions and habits for our own good.

The next chance to do something is in exactly one week! On May, 21st, 2016, the next Camp für active Mobility #AktMobCmp will be held in Augsburg. Since it is during the Bavarian Pentecost Holidays, the organizers cut the camp down to one day. They are happy to welcome all visitors  …

On this day, the interests and needs of all participants will be very intensely discussed in the format of a barcamp. The “part-givers” will share their knowledge and leave after a day of shared realizations, ideas and plans, not to mention all the new friends they will have found.

So here is my personal plea to all the “friendly persons” who want to take responsibility for the future: try the Augsburg.#AktMobCmp. If it is only your inertia that keeps you from attending, please overcome your “inner weak self” and come! Register here.

 

Gestiftet von VisualBrainddump (Christian Botta & Daniel Reinold) Zum Vergrößern aufs Bild klicken.

Donated by VisualBrainddump (Christian Botta & Daniel Reinold) Click on the image to enlarge.

 

Early last year, we started with a very nice camp in Unterhaching.

We will continue in 2017 – probably on January, 5th and 6th, again in the Kubiz Unterhaching.

Starting in September, our preparations will gain new momentum. We will do some massive advertising and invite many people and institutions we know well by now. And I guarantee that this barcamp will, again, bring many persons together, be extremely enjoyable and bring fundamental additional knowledge.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Sunday March 20th, 2016

Invitation: IF Forum im & AktMobCmp – Augsburg

Dear Friends,

with this email, I would like to invite you to the IF Forum on April, 28th, and remind you of my project #AktMobCmp, which will take place on May, 20th and 21st in Augsburg.

Both activities are meant to show people the way to become happier and more successful, both individually and collectively.

IF Forum:

On April, 28th, starting at 18:00 hours, the InterFace AG at Unterhaching will again host the IF Forum in their office building.

The active parties will be Jolly Kunjappu and yours truly. We want to articulate our central and very special desire for a little more peace. The special occasion is Jolly Kunjappu’s new book ”Ask An Answer“, which, on that Thursday, will be the focal point of our performance. We want to use it for giving impulses and thus inspire people to find a little more “PEACE”.

Jolly is a good friend of mine, human being, philosopher and artist. During his eventful life, he left many tracks. As an inspired consultant for entrepreneurs, he fascinated top managers. Currently, his presentations provide important input and make many persons contemplative. His musical career brought him in contact with many relevant artists, among them Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones.

On April, 28th, during the IF Forum, we will have the kick-off for our project “peace”. You are all invited to come and actively participate. For more information, click here:

Jolly & Roland – On April, 28th, in the IF Forum: For LIFE and PEACE!

AktMobCmp

Mobility is a central and global determining factor of our lives. The development grew its own momentum in an absurd way, thus gaining power over our cities and the entire planet. We have all been forced under the same yoke and now often act contrary to our elementary needs. Our mobile habits develop lives of their own and destroy our means of life. Individual traffic based on private vehicles with a combustion motor has reached a dominant position. Public transportation gets more and more obsolete and “active mobility” (on foot, by bike or other means like skateboards or inline-skates) is only considered remaining traffic. While, especially in the latter section, e-mobility might well be a great chance, the one-on-one replacement of the combustion motor by electro motors is not a valid alternative.
The movement “active mobility in everyday life” (#AktMobCmp) wants to counteract this ever stronger development. On anti-conferences, we pool our ideas, build networks, find solutions and become active. The initial event earlier this year in Unterhaching was truly encouraging. Günter Schütz from Augsburg spontaneously decided to organize the next event on May, 20th and 21st in Augsburg. It is again two days and sponsored by Transition Town Augsburg e.V. with the friendly support of the local Agenda 21 of the City of Augsburg.

For more information, read the Flyer designed by Günter and visit the of  AktMobCmp website.
(www.actmobcmp.org or www.aktmobcmp.de)

I would like to invite you to come and attend the Augsburg  #AktMobCmp. But there is even more I would like to ask you: I am sure you know persons who, even today, are convinced that a lot needs to be changed about mobility or who already mostly go places “actively”.

Please inform these people! And there is even more of a plea of mine: The barcamp #AktMobCmp is an important event. On top of many participants, it also needs supporters. You are all welcome to sponsor or actively support it. If you know potential candidates, please inform them and hand them one of the flyers!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

Roland Dürre
Sunday March 13th, 2016

The Digital Mobility Revolution – CANZLER/KNIE

Can the digital revolution change the prevailing private-car-oriented order?

Titel_Canzler_Revolution_fbThat is the central question asked in the book by WEERT CANZLER and ANDREAS KNIE. And, as I see it, they also answer the question.

But let me start from the beginning. Friends of mine had spoken with enthusiasm about the Oekom publisher and its founder Radloff for a long time. I took those comments seriously, yet had never found time to look a little closer. Until a few emails from friends reached me with actual book recommendations.

After that, I did some really extensive browsing through the Oekom website – and I was truly fascinated, both with the topics/titles and the authors I found. And, without any hesitation, I went ahead and ordered a few books, for instance the one by Anneliese Bunk and Nadine Schubert Besser leben ohne Plastik (The Better Life Without Plastic). 
(ISBN: 978-3-86581-784-6, first published: 22.02.2016)

Late in February 2016, they also published the small book:
Die digitale Mobilitätsrevolution
(The Digital Mobility Revolution)
The visionary sub-title is:
THE END OF TRAFFIC AS WE KNEW IT.

Since the paper version of the book only has 128 pages, it was the ideal reading material during my nostalgic trip to Augsburg on Regional Trains. I went to the beautiful City Market, then to the Inner City (where I also visited Sina Trinkwalder and her Manomama – All made in Germany, from the threat to the seams) on 4, Moritzplatz.

Last not least, I went to the venerable Augsburg Rosenau Stadium, where, even in my earliest childhood days, I spent many important hours. And behold – the FCA II was beaten to the tune of 0 : 6 by the SpVgg Unterhaching (my new soccer home) – which definitely was a good reason to celebrate in the Riegele near Augsburg Central Station with a Kellerbier.

It was nice. And reading the book during the train trip and back was just as nice. Because it says in an understandable way how our mobility has turned into something askance that is both evil and threatening our future. It also says how the “digital transformation” can and will help us to at least avoid the worst of it.

As I see it, the book is absolutely “state of the art”. It describes the current situation in a very rational way and makes short shrift of a number of very popular prejudices. It shows solutions that give you optimism, yet it also shows the absolute necessity for change. This is true both for our administrative, legal and bureaucratic world and our social (collective) and personal (individual) habits.

The authors Weert Canzler and Andreas Knie deserve praise for having written a book that is more exciting than some criminal stories, regardless of the subject matter being so demanding. And I also have a few suggestions when it comes to the content – perhaps for the second edition.

For persons who actually think about our mobile future, the book is certainly a must. This is, for instance, also true for persons who believe they might attend the AktMobCmp. Incidentally, the next one takes place in Augsburg on May, 20th and 21st!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
Here is the Link and some information on the book.
Weert Canzler, Andreas Knie
Die digitale Mobilitätsrevolution 

Vom Ende des Verkehrs, wie wir ihn kannten
144 pages, oekom verlag
München, 2016 
ISBN-13: 978-3-86581-754-9
Published: 22.02.2016

The use of mobile devices increases all the time. More and more often, our smartphone will decide how we get from A to B. If you need a taxi, you use your Taxi-App and book online with services like Uber. In the future, the digital presence will be the determining factor: if something is not digitally published or available, it simply does not exist. Through digitalization, the cards in the game of transportation choice are re-shuffled. Since renting systems get more and more attractive and the car is in direct competition for customers with railways, busses and bicycles on shared digital platforms, the power structure within the transportation sector will change drastically. Consequently, the technological characteristics of cars will mean less and less. The authors show ways and chances of this network in post-fossil mobility.

I try not to buy too many new things. For instance, I only get a new shirt after having disposed of three old ones. This is how my wardrobe and shoe cabinet get emptier and emptier. It is really a sensational feeling to see how the cupboards lose weight all the time.

Also, I try to do without unnecessary electrical devices and all other kinds of gadgets. Because I certainly no longer want to buy all those stupid things …

mobi-tableThree weeks ago, during the f.re.e, however, I reverted to being a shopping king. It was all because, all of a sudden, a wonderful bike trailer stood before my nose. I had been looking for a really sturdy one for a long time. One that you can fill. One that has enough space for a crate of beer and a lunch packet that deserves its name.

I found a true multi-talent. The inventors, Hans-Jürgen and Huber, named it Mobi-Table.

mobi-table1Mobi-Table immediately convinced me because of its manifold functions and possible applications. Using it as a transportation box, its length of 101 cm makes it quite suitable for taking with you in most medium-sized cars.

And – it is extremely easy to handle. None of the mobile and disposable parts have any bolts and thus everything can be re-arranged without tools.

mobi-table-autoA special pin bolt will enable a frame part height variation if you simply press a button and the tyres can be removed in the same way.

Weighing 20 kilograms, this transport genius can carry an additional weight of 150 kilograms! If you lift the back frame, you can also use it as a hand cart for pushing heavy objects. Long or huge-size objects can be stowed between the two lifted frame parts, thus enabling a safe transport.

mobi-table5The Mobi-Table is also a wonderful handcart, extremely suitable if you have grandchildren – or for the All-Fathers-Day trip on Ascension Day.

Unfortunately, our family cannot use it in this way before May – because that is when our trolley will be delivered to us. The delivery time is that long. But perhaps we can actually go on a trip on Ascension Day.

mobi-table3As soon as you reach your destination, the trolley will become a table/seat combination for four or five persons in no time. There is even a sunshade holder.

I was also delighted to notice that all frame parts are high-gloss galvanized and made of stainless steel or aluminium. The three-layer wood planks give me the reassuring feeling that they will easily cope with any wind and weather conditions.

mobi-table4The engineering marvel is produced as a small batch series in Dasing/Friedberg near Augsburg. And everything you can see on these pictures was minutely examined and tried out by me on the fair. I can assure you: it is all true. This is not an April Fool’s trick, but a truly very impressive innovation for an alternative, mobile future.

The price is also moderate. You can get them for 379.00 € and the bike trailer with clutch is available for around 500.00 €. In my book that is very reasonable if you consider that it is good craftsmanship. Here is the link to the Website of thev Mobi-Table, where the product and its technology are described. There is also a PDF manual.

When I attend the #AktMobCmp on May, 20th and 21st in Augsburg, I will have my trailer with me for the exhibition!

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.
I also found it impossible to resist buying a pair of Leguano barefoot shoes in bright canary yellow on the F.re.e..

Roland Dürre
Sunday January 17th, 2016

Video Recording: #AktMobCmp

I reported frequently about our project “Active Mobility in Everyday Life“ (#AktMobCmp) in the IF blog. The barcamp took place on January, 4th and 5th, 2016 and it was a great experience. I made the acquaintance of many nice persons and the event connected and linked many persons with similar motivations.

Friedrich Lehn (fhlcinema.com) did the filming. Now you can watch the trailer:

Enjoy! It is about five minutes.

You will find the results of our anti conference on our website  www.actmobcmp.org, where you will also find a link to our twitter wall (tag #AktMobCmp). And here is the good news:

We will continue!

RMD
(Translated by EG)