Mobility Ecosystem for Low-carbon and INnovative moDal shift in the Alps




  • Improving the network with regular Round Tables on hitchhiking benches
  • Working on and implementing a new, common sign for all the hitchhiking benches in the county as well as a flyer for public outreach
  • Organization of a regional «hitchhiking bench day» with a rally through the county together with prominent testimonials (or a «mayor rally») and a
  • mobility-fest as closing event to promote the “MELINDA app” and generate a mobility-sensitive user base
  • Setting up a user-survey (analogue and digital) to generate a first data base on behaviours concerning hitchhiking benches
  • Spreading of the user-survey in all relevant circles as well as the broad public



  • Determining of a video conference version of the Round Tables to keep the network intact
  • Working on the design of the common sign for all hitchhiking benches and the flyer
  • Setting up a user-survey (analogue and digital) to generate a first data base on behaviours concerning hitchhiking benches
  • Discussion on appropriate ways of how to advertise ride pooling in times of a pandemic crisis



Start-up description of the pilot project idea

The pilot area of Ebersberg represents a context of suburban settlements with a population reaching about 140.000 inhabitants, close to the metropolitan area of Munich.

The research focus of the pilot is the empowerment of the carpooling system through the extension of the hitchhiking benches network.

Pilot project challenges

The region is challenged with a rapid growth of population (top rate within Germany). Therefore, the mobility system is at its limits when it comes to capacity of roads as well as crucial public transport lines (S-Bahn/urban train in the direction Munich). Looking at prognoses, the situation will become even more challenging in the future.

On the other hand, the more rural areas in the district show a weaker public transport coverage – leading to dominance of individual mobility by car.

Main and specific objectives of the pilot project

The pilot project aims at improving intermodal mobility options with a focus on the more rural areas of the region. The improvement is supposed to be a network of hitchhiking benches, supplementing the existing mobility network and acting as infrastructure promoting organized car-pooling.

Planned activities:

  • Analysis of the network coverage
  • Concept for improving/expanding the network
  • Analysis of synergy between analogue “Bench-infrastructure” and digital ride-sharing platforms/apps
  • Analysis of connection to public transport offers and (if applicable) test of improvements
  • Analysis of connection to car-sharing offers and (if applicable) test of improvements.

Pilot project target groups

The end users, the Ebersberg Pilot is interested in, are members of the general population living in the district. The aim is to reach the broadest part of the population possible, in particular commuters (for working or studying reasons) in order to reduce car-dependency among them.

A particular effort would be devoted to the inclusion of young and elders, usually those most hit by lack of mobility solutions, due to lower economic resources that can act as an obstacle when a car is the only mean available (due to high ownership and maintaining costs).