Please put your responses to the Unit 3 task here. Thanks!
For this task I want to talk about the yet to realise consolidation centre for parcels in a rural environment. At the moment many services leave small villages because they are to small to realise a sufficient income. Our idea is to make a combination of several services, that, in themselves, are too small to survive, but that can, in a combination of several of them, make a sufficient income.
At the moment we are three people working on this idea. One person is very active in realising sustainable solutions in his own municipality, which covers 11 villages. My other companion is a manager of change in large health organisations. They both have good contacts with their municipalities and we work together in a kind of not for profit combination of concerned citizens, where all kinds of sectors are involved (health, local and regional authorities, a bank, a green taxi company, etc.).
We know of locations which are already used for community activities and want to let them gain more income by redistributing parcels. We have an appointment wih the largest parcel delivery organisation in the Netherlands to talk about how to realise a service center that can be profitable fort hem as well. Other parcel delivery organisations should follow. We try to get financial support of the province of Gelderland. Furthermore we want to involve the sectors:
- - Health (realise a health center in the location)
- - Organisation that enables disabled persons to work (we want them to make the final delivery at the home address)
But most of all we want to address citizens, because they will have to be prepared to use the address of the multifunctional centre to accept their parcels.
We want to start with a small experiment and let it grow when it works well. For this reason we do not yet want to involve more regional authorities than the ones we focus on now.
This sounds like an interesting and ambitious project. The idea of combining services makes a lot of sense in places that are too small to be able to offer single services.
Also the idea of starting small makes sense. You only need to involve the regions that will be affected (but that does, of course, include neighbouring communities). What's not clear to me: do you see a need to create a new multi-function centre? I thought the idea was to make use of existing service proivders in smaller places by having them serve more than one function. If you create a single multi-function centre, does that mean people will have to travel farther to meet their daily needs? Or maybe I'm misunderstanding?
Thank you for your reply. You are right that we do not plan to rise a new multi-function centre. we are looking for already existing initiatives that could easily fulfil an extra function, e.g. a small school that risks to be closed by lack of pupils, combined with a health centre and our parcel initiative. Our idea is that citizens come and take up their own parcel while thery are returning from their work and pass our centre. If the parcel has not been picked up at 18.00 hours it will be shipped to their home-address by a clean vehicle. It is especially our goal to reduce the number of miles (and pollution).
Within the City Administration is no department which deals only with issues of improving traffic. The City Council has established the Council for Traffic Safety, which consists of representatives from the private and public sectors, dealing with traffic issues (PE „Directorate for urban planning and construction", Police Department, Driving school, transportation company, City Administration, schools, private companies, etc..). The role of the Council is to assist the City Administration in a process of making decisions that are important for the regulation of traffic, in order to increase security.
Considering urban mobility measures, that I mentioned in task 2, if we work on improving cycling infrastructure, the following organizations should participate:
1.w 1. within the local authority
- - Department for urban planning and construction, Department for inspection activity, Department for housing and public utilities and Property rights, Department for investment, economy and ecology, Depatrment for social affairs and Deparment for finances
2.w 2. within other sectors locally
-PE - „Directorate for urban planning and construction", PE „ Business Center", Police, Transportation company, taxi organization, Bicycle Factory, various organizations for disabled people, pensioners' Association, schools, Institute of public health, Tourist organization and non- governmental organizations.
3.3 3. across territorial boundaries
-sh - sharing experiences with neighboring cities and municipalities and cooperation with relevant ministries
In order to achieve successful implementation of the measures, it is necessary to involve the media to inform the citizens about the specified topic.
This looks like a really comprehensive list. The only other thing I can think of is working with neighbouring municipalities (if you have any) to ensure that cycle facilities developed in one city don't stop at the border of the next one but allow people to contineu their journey without noticing that they're in a new city.
Also, with regard to cycling, I always find schools a great place to start, or at least a good point of focus. If you commit to developing safe cycling facilities for a radius of 1-2 km around every school, you find that you've covered most of the city area.