Mobility Hub

The need for new service structures

Future mobility will increasingly demand a redesign of public space and its use. This not only influences the location requirements for living and work spaces, but also raises questions about how transport infrastructures can be made “urban compatible”. Particularly at highly frequented locations, measures must also be implemented in a correspondingly high-quality design in order to have a sustainable effect. For example, anyone who commutes by bike to their workplace on a cycle highway should find equally good conditions there to park their bike safely, charge it, maintain it and repair it if necessary.

In cooperation with the Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain and the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt, designs for a modular mobility hub and a “service and repair station” for bicycles were developed in a semester project. Mobility hubs are places that link different types of mobility, such as bicycle, train, bus and pedestrian – therefore facilitating multimodal mobility. One specification in this project was that the station had to be as mobile and modular as possible in order to be able to adapt to changing requirements, such as size relation. Another requirement was that the mobility station should consist of the following elements: Information board for bike commuters, shelter with seating (meeting point), as well as parking, repair and charging facilities for bikes. The hub should also function as a visible symbol for an overall integrative strategy to promote sustainable mobility concepts thus making an attractive contribution to the sustainable transition of mobility.

Aspects that can bring about changes in behaviour, such as orientation, digital networking, safety, visibility, comfort, etc. were considered in detail. The Mobility HUB is located in Gateway Gardens district at Frankfurt Airport and intended to send a strong impulse for the development towards a bicycle-friendly service location.

Type of project • Student project
Supervisors   Prof. Peter Eckart, Dipl.-Des. Julian Schwarze
Participants • Tim Jäger, Xuan Liu, Daniel Rese, Martin Stegmeier, Yuya Watanabe, Robin Weidner
Status • completed
Duration • 10/2016 – 02/2017
Cooperation • Alice Nick, Vincenzo Trevisan, Georgios Kontos, Department of Mobility of Regionalverbandes FrankfurtRheinMain; Prof. Claudia Lüling, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
Funding • Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain




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