Doppelmayr: A new dimension to urban mobility

Doppelmayr: A new dimension to urban mobility

Nairobi, 9 May 2017.
Doppelmayr Cable Car, a mobility partner of UN-Habitat and sponsor of the World Urban Campaign, hosted a side event at the 26th Governing Council today in Nairobi. Titled "A new dimension to urban mobility", the event discussed how urban cable car solutions can contribute to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda - the urban manifesto adopted in Quito at the Habitat III Conference last year in October.

Doppelmayr, as one of "Austria's hidden champions in the private sector" - as H.E. Dr Harald Guenther, Austrian Ambassador to Kenya phrased it, has a valuable contribution to make: cable cars are affordable, safe, environmental friendly, clean, space-saving and pocket-friendly (for municipalities and users alike!), and can connect different parts of a city, allowing inhabitants to reach their destinations in much shorter time than before. Doppelmayr is known for its skiing-lifts in the alps region, but has become a major player in the urban sector in the last couple of years.

Marc Funda, Transport Planner at Doppelmayr, gave a comprehensive presentation on the history of the company, and presented the various existing and planned installations, for example the Doppelmayr line in La Paz/Bolivia and a possible line in Likoni (Mombasa)/Kenya, to name only a few.

Christine Auclair, World Urban Campaign Project Leader & UN-Habitat Private Sector Focal Point, highlighted the importance of the partnership between Doppelmayr and UN-Habitat, as the realization of the New Urban Agenda cannot be achieved without the collaboration with non-governmental partners and the private sector.

Stefanie Holzwarth from UN-Habitat's Mobility Unit finally presented the recently held Academy on Sustainable Urban Mobility (AoSUM), which is a good example of the practical collaboration between UN-Habitat and Doppelmayr. AoSUM was held from 25-29 April in Vienna, and provided participants with a combination of class-room and web-based training on sustainable urban mobility, linked with targeted study tours to Vienna (Austria) and Koblenz (Germany).

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