2011 World Streets Bright Award: City of Basel New Mobility Ticket

We have often said that new mobility is a strategy which is ultimately made up of a very large number of often very small things. And so it is just in this spirit that we have decided to launch a new series in which you are invited to participate. It is the 2011 World Streets Bright Awards, celebrating “great small ideas that can be multiplied by thousands and make a difference”. It’s simple and works like this.

When we run across what we consider to be a genial new mobility idea with thousands-time multiplication potential that somehow shows the way to a more sustainable city, something that can be put in place simply, quickly and cheaply, and replicated  in many places around the world without causing some kind of popular revolt or breaking the city’s bank, we decided that we needed to find a way to pick out and share these great small ideas. And to reward them, within our means.

The first of these 2011 Bright Awards is thus being made to the City of Basel for their Basel New Mobility Ticket. It works like this.

City of Basel New Mobility Ticket

Here is one example of the latter for your consideration: the Basel Mobility Ticket. Do you have one in your city? Should you? (Let me help you with that one. Yes you definitely should.)

It could not be simpler, so much so that you will wonder why you or your city had not thought of it before.  It works like this.

Every visitor who stays in a hotel in the City of Basel in Switzerland is immediately handed a Basel Mobility Ticket Mobility Ticket which is valid for the length of their stay in Basel (valid for up to 30 days). Some hotels send vouchers for confirmed reservations that are valid as a ticket for the transit from the airport to the hotel. It looks like this:

The ticket offers the visitor free transport on the city’s public transport system, the TNW Tarifverbund Nordwestschweiz, good for unlimited travel on the city’s buses and tramways. It is thus a partnership between the transporter and the city, with the cooperation of the city’s tourist office and all the local hotels. The service is paid for by the general visitor’s tax which is added to all hotel bills. It is not a huge deal.

It’s interesting to us that while the great idea has been around since start-up in 1999, it is the only city we know that has so far adopted this Bright idea and stick to it ( Swiss persistence you might say). Surely there must be others, but surely too it has the makings of what should be a universal New Mobility measure, one more small step among many others in the direction of sustainable transportation, sustainable cities and sustainable lives.

Now what about a New Mobility Ticket for your city? One Bright idea that will surely lead to others. New Mobility is viral.

For further information please contact TNW at +41 61 406 11 88  or info@tnw.ch.

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Editor’s note: Hmm, if this is an award, what is the prize?  Fair question. Well at this point, or at least until we find a sponsor for it, the award is an invitation to the innovators to come to Paris and take a two hour Vélib tour with our editor, visiting  some of the outstanding new mobility projects that have been put on the streets here over the last decade. And, if we can arrange it, an opportunity for you to meet some of the people behind this great city’s  on-going wave of sustainable  innovation.

And if you have or know of  a Bright measure, project or tool that you believe might qualify for this much coveted international award, please  let us hear from you.  That’s editor@worldstreets.org.  T. +331 7550 3788.  Skype: newmobility

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