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Talking Transport Transformation

We are TUMI – the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative. Join us on a trip around the world to learn about sustainable mobility solutions in cities. Meet inspiring experts and pioneers working on resilient urban transport systems, e-mobility, gender-sensitive transport planning and many more. Our guests will be taking us from Nairobi via Bogotá to Delhi. Tune in to accelerate the sustainable transformation of urban mobility.


S02-E29 | Why Gender-Transformative Transport?
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29:00 28.03.24
S02-E28 | Empowering Equality: The Role of E-Mobility in Fostering Gender Inclusivity and Equity
In today's podcast episode, we delve into the dynamic realm of e-mobility and its potential to unlock new opportunities for greater gender equity and inclusivity. Join us as we explore the transformative impact of electric mobility on the public transport sector and discuss how it plays a crucial role in promoting equal access to transportation.
30:29 07.03.24
S02-E27 | Mobility Justice for All with Lucas Snaije
Urban transport planning can be gender-friendly and inclusive – Lucas Snaije from BYCS, an Amsterdam-based NGO for promoting cycling in cities, will show us different initiatives where people’s needs take center stage. This is an insightful and enriching episode covering different perspectives of transport users, mainly from vulnerable groups, and their challenges in daily mobility.
34:16 07.12.23
S02-E26 | Walkability with Jorge Cáñez
In this episode, recorded at the Walk21 conference, we sat down with Jorge Cáñez, who is part of the Kounkuey Design Initiative. KDI is a nonprofit that combines community development and design to create equitable urban spaces that meet social, economic, and environmental needs. Currently, KDI is working on the Gender Equity Action Plan for Los Angeles, USA. This transformative initiative was sparked by the "Changing Lanes" report of 2021, which shed light on the transit system's deficiencies in serving women and gender minorities. We explore the intricacies of sustainability, walking conditions, road safety, and gender equity, including challenges like inaccessible bus stops and lighting concerns. Moreover, we discuss innovative strategies aimed at closing these gaps. Join us on this enlightening journey as we work towards a more equitable, sustainable, and pedestrian-friendly cities.
15:35 09.11.23
S02-E25 | Feminist transport policy with Laura Ballesteros
Join us in exploring transport policy from the perspective of women in Latin America by listening to this amazing podcast episode featuring Laura Ballesteros Mancilla. She is the co-founder of Mujeres en Movimiento – Women in Motion, a network that connects advocates of gender-sensitive mobility across various sectors in Latin America.   Together with Laura, we discuss the violence and underrepresentation faced by women in transport, whether they are commuting or at the decision-making table. Laura's message to all women is that they are not alone and to remember that any resistance they face reflects the importance of the change they seek to realize.  Last but not least, Laura reflects on the journey of Women in Motion and Women Mobilize Women alongside each other since their foundation in 2018 and finds: We've come a long way!   This episode is part of a series of interviews with some of the Remarkable Feminist Voices in Transport 2023, who were awarded by TUMI’s Women Mobilize Women initiative. Tune in!
25:30 28.09.23
S02-E24 | Road Safety Advocacy and Youth Empowerment with Yasmine Al Moghrabi
Ever wondered about the link among road safety, sustainable mobility and youth? Or why road safety is a feminist cause? Join us in this inspiring episode as we uncover the powerful story of Yasmine Al Moghrabi and her unwavering dedication to making our roads safer. In a world where road safety is a growing concern, Yasmine's passion as a youth leader and activist takes center stage. Discover her advocacy for empowering young people and its importance in building safer cities. Get ready for an eye-opening conversation that will leave you motivated to play an active role in creating a safer future for everyone! This episode is part of a series of interviews with some of the Remarkable Feminist Voices in Transport 2023, who were awarded by TUMI’s Women Mobilize Women initiative. Tune in!
24:35 31.08.23
S02-E23 | Elevating Mobility of Care in Transport Planning with Aimée Gauthier
Have you ever wondered about the hidden trips that underpin the care work essential to our daily lives? Inés Sánchez de Madariaga coined the concept mobility of care, shining light on the daily travel patterns and mobility needs that go along with reproductive labor. In this thought-provoking episode, we discuss the need to elevate the mobility of care in transport planning. Joined by esteemed expert Aimée Gauthier, the Chief Knowledge Officer at the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), we explore the significance of acknowledging and prioritizing these often unvalued and unrecognized care trips. From addressing gender disparities in transportation to fostering inclusive communities, we uncover the essential elements for a more compassionate and equitable transport system.
27:12 27.07.23
S02-E22 | Unveiling the Transformative Power of Cycling in Nairobi with Cyprine Odada Mitchell
Are you ready to uncover the transformative power of cycling in Nairobi? In a city where cycling is often associated with either poverty or an elitist sport, the Critical Mass movement is challenging these perceptions. In this inspiring episode our special guest Cyprine Odada, the Executive Director of Critical Mass Nairobi, shares her personal journey within the movement and her ambitious goal of transforming Nairobi into a cycling city, bringing happiness and smiles back to people's faces. Discover how Critical Mass empowers cyclists, fosters safe corridors, and breaks cultural barriers for women, making a remarkable impact in the city. This episode is part of a series of interviews with some of the Remarkable Feminist Voices in Transport 2023, who were awarded by TUMI’s Women Mobilize Women initiative. Tune in!
30:07 29.06.23
S02-E21 | The right to free movement with Robin Chase
Imagine: Sustainable mobility that lets people move autonomously at all ages and income levels! Our special guest Robin Chase paints a clear vision and says when people try and see for themselves, they’ll love it! We speak about overcoming resistance against new solutions, the responsible use of data, and why electric private vehicles won’t save us from the climate crisis. The co-founder of Zipcar and founder of NUMO discusses why it’s imperative to actively invite different perspectives to change one’s mindset. Her role models are young professionals advancing transport systems in a new way. This is the first episode of a series of interviews with some of the Remarkable Feminist Voices in Transport 2023, who were awarded by TUMI’s Women Mobilize Women initiative. Tune in!
39:36 01.06.23
S02-E20 | A Feminist View on Ukraine's Mobility Landscape with Olesia Kholopik
In this episode, we are meeting Olesia Kholopik, the Director of the Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law in Ukraine. We discuss the challenges for road safety in Ukraine, the role of civil society in the transport sector, and how the full-scale war of Russia against Ukraine affects the work of the sustainable transport community. Despite the ongoing attacks against her country, Olesia has remained committed to protecting human lives in many ways – including the engagement for safer roads. Join us to hear about her impressive work as an advocate for human rights in mobility and the lessons she has learned along the way. This episode is part of WomenMobilizeWomen's campaign on "Remarkable Feminist Voices in Transport".
32:38 13.04.23
S02-E19 | Feminist Perspectives on Biking and Commuting with Keisha Mayuga
Join us as we meet Keisha Mayuga, a remarkable feminist voice in the field of transportation. Keisha is a cycling activist and researcher, who has worked both in the Philippines and in Germany. Her work focuses on creating transport systems that are inclusive, accessible, and safe for all individuals, regardless of their gender identity. In this episode, we explore what a feminist transport system looks like and the challenges women face in mobility and transportation around the world. We also discuss ways in which we can create a more equitable society through policy and advocacy work.
18:05 09.03.23
S02-E18 | Improving informal transport in eastern Africa with Tom Courtright
Many people worldwide rely on public transport, whether it is a government-regulated or an informal, less fixed system. Informal transport represents up to 90% of the transport supply in many African cities. What approaches are needed to drive the improvement of this sector for actors involved and for the environment to reduce the emissions caused by that system? Together with Tom Courtright, the research director at the Association for Electric Mobility & Development in Africa and the Co-founder of Lubyanza, a research group in Kampala focusing on boda bodas, we examine transportation in eastern Africa. Tom gives us exciting insights into his research to learn about different kinds of vehicles, policies behind the system, responsibilities of different stakeholders involved and approaches to move electrification forward in these countries!
49:31 26.01.23
S02-E17 | The future of trolley bus systems with Adrian Kobayashi
How does the future for the world’s almost 300 electric trolley bus networks look like? In fact, many systems feature outdated vehicles and low service standards due to decade-long under investment and neglect. Do existing grid infrastructures support a quicker electrification by modern vehicle technology? Or are cities with trolley bus systems limited by a technology lock-in? Together with Adrian Kobayashi, director of planning at Solingen’s municipal transport operator, we’ll investigate the case of a city which not only decided to maintain its trolley bus systems but is making it fit for the future.
46:10 15.12.22
S02-E16 | Talking Inclusive Mobility with Crystal Asige and Neil Taylor
Crystal Asige leader the Ability Programme in Kenya seeks to create awareness around the intersectionalities of being a young, black-African woman and entrepreneur with an invisible disability living in the global South. Neil Taylor director of Integrated Transport advocates for focusing transport planning efforts on developing a better range of transport options, namely making them accessible to all cohorts in society. In this episode Crystal and Neil give us their insights about their work towards more accessible and inclusive transport systems.
29:54 10.11.22
S02-E15 | Urban Ropeways as sustainable means of transport with Torsten Bäuerlen
The Doppelmayr/ Garaventa Group builds ropeways all over the world. 15,400 ropeway systems in 96 states have already been realized. In today's episode Torsten takes us on a journey through South America and what experiences he has made as a project manager in the realization of ropeways in Bolivia, Mexico and Colombia.
22:35 06.10.22
S02-E14 | A green and just transition for transport workers with Bruono Dobrusin
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) fights to improve working lives and is the voice for nearly 20 million working men and women across the world. Bruno Dobrusin is the just transition coordinator at the ITF. In this episode he gives us insight on the ITF’s work toward a green and just transition.
25:27 08.09.22
S02-E13 | Improving urban logistics on two wheels with Jérôme Lühr
We all enjoy getting our online orders quickly delivered right to our doorsteps. However, most of us do not question the negative side effects of it. Deliveries made by motorized transport, contribute to traffic jams, air pollution, and reduced road safety. Couriers are often only hired for the short-term or on demand, therefore not receiving fair compensation or a long-term job perspective. Our guest, Jérôme Lühr, founding member of the bike courier collective CROW Cycle Berlin, shares his critical view on the gig economy and insights into setting up an independent bike courier service.
37:18 11.08.22
S02-E12 | Innovative payment systems for e-mobility with Elena Kornettka
GLS Mobilität – or GLS Mobility – is part of the GLS Bank, the first sustainable bank in Germany. As part of the GLS Community, GLS Mobilität acts as an initiator and enabler of future-oriented mobility solutions. In this episode, Elena Kornettka, Political Communication Officer at GLS Mobilität, will give us insights on the specific fields of action of GLS Mobilität, such as their approach to contactless payment at charging stations, Giro-e.
20:27 14.07.22
S02-E11 | Overcoming Transport Poverty with Dr. Giulio Mattioli
Dr. Giulio Mattioli conducts research at the Department of Transport Planning at the Technische Universität Dortmund in Germany as the project leader of "Advancing knowledge of long-distance travel: uncovering its connections to mobility biography, migration, and daily travel", funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Giulio holds a PhD in Urban and Local European Studies from the University of Milan-Bicocca and has published numerous journal articles.
24:57 14.04.22
S02-E10 | Promoting cycling in urban mobility with Jill Warren
What role does ‘cycling’ play in the urban mobility system and what can be done to promote this sustainable practice? Our guest, Jill Warren, CEO of the European Cyclists’ Federation gives us interesting insights on promoting this sustainable transport. She shares her experience in advocating for cycling as an active and climate-friendly mode. Listen to our latest podcast episode about her work and recommendations to accelerate this sustainable practice.
18:24 25.03.22
S02-E09 | Mobility Justice and access to Urban Leisure with Shahin Shakibaei
What is Urban Leisure and how do various public transport users have varying levels of access? Our guest, Shahin Shakibaei, a researcher at Istanbul Technical University, discusses his research into the transgender and gender-diverse experience on public transportation of those living in Istanbul, Turkey. For transgender and gender-diverse people, access to urban leisure can be disrupted by issues of violence, discrimination, and harassment when using public transport. What recommendations are out there to improve the experience of public transport for all users? To learn more about these recommendations and the experiences from the communities he has interviewed, tune in!
17:52 11.02.22
S02-E08 | Empowering women in Zambia through cycling with Wyson Lungu
How can cycling empower women in Africa? Our special guest on this episode has an answer. Wyson Lungo, CEO, and founder of Onyx was introduced to us through our TUMI Friends network. In 2018, Wyson realized the immense impact a bicycle can make throughout rural and urban communities in Zambia, and started to sell bikes made for heavy loads, long distances, and rougher roads. The women of Zambia typically provide the daily life-sustaining tasks- such as carrying water, food, and firewood long distances to their homes. Prior to Wyson, these tasks would take double the time compared to a trip on a bicycle provided through Onyx. To learn more about the importance of providing bicycles to those living in Zambia, tune in!
32:43 14.01.22
S02-E07 | Electromobility in Sub-Saharan Africa with Dr. Katherine Collett
The global transport sector is changing – more and more countries are establishing ambitious targets in support of transport electrification. To achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement a global transformation must take place – also in regions where the implementation of e-mobility solutions seems more difficult. In Sub-Saharan Africa e.g. challenges arise from unreliable electricity systems, missing availability of capital and high dependency on an informal transport sector. For further insights into the cross-disciplinary challenges associated with transitioning towards net-zero, we had the chance to talk to Dr Katherine Collett about her interesting research work on this topic. Katherine is a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher in the Engineering Department at the University of Oxford with experience in electric vehicle integration both within the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
27:25 27.10.21
S02-E06 | Urban Mobility in Tirana with Anuela Ristani
Anuela Ristani is the Deputy Mayor in Tirana, the capital city of Albania. As the city faced rapid urban growth in the last decades the government had to find a way to face the challenges coming along with uncontrolled urbanization. Tirana’s leadership saw a sustainable mobility concept as a solution for using the available space as efficiently as possible and creating a more livable city at the same time. In this episode we talk with Deputy Mayor Anuela Ristani about the challenges Tirana faced and the solutions the government put forward to solve them.
29:18 23.09.21
S02-E05 | Investing in active mobility with Carly Gilbert-Patrick
Why is it that the benefits of active mobility have been widely underestimated? In this episode Carly Gilbert-Patrick will bring us closer to an answer. As the Team Leader for “Active Mobility, Digitalisation & Mode Integration” at the UN Environment Programme she is working with countries around the world in support of active mobility. Listen in to learn her views about economic, social and ecological advantages of walking and cycling and what should be done do to accelerate investment in human-powered transport.
21:25 12.08.21
S02-E04 | Curbing Traffic with Melissa and Chris Bruntlett
In 2018, Melissa and Chris Bruntlett became the unofficial ambassadors for Dutch cities with the publication of their first book “Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality”. In June 2021, they published their second book: “Curbing Traffic: The Human Case for Fewer Cars in Our Lives”, telling their very own personal story since their move to Delft, and looking beneath the surface to explore why the model of an equitable and accessible city works so well in the Netherlands. The book emphasizes the benefits that a pedestrian- and cycling-friendly city offers for citizens on a psychological and sociological level.
24:16 14.07.21
S02-E03 | Data for Public Transport with Devin de Vries
Public Transport remains the backbone of mobility systems in major cities around the world. And as urbanization continues, the formal and informal public transport services in mega cities grow and change constantly. What is key to utilizing the full potential of public transport and to increase its attractiveness for commuters is information about how and where these services can be accessed - or even where they are currently obstructed. To understand approaches to improve public transport services, we had the chance to talk to Devin de Vries. Devin is the CEO and co-founder of WhereIsMyTransport a mobility technology company that develops products to improve the public transport experience in emerging-market megacities. Join us for the discussion on the role of mobility data and up to the hour mobility monitoring for an improved usability of public transport services.
34:44 10.06.21
S02-E02 | Transitioning to E-Mobility with Erika Myers
Electric vehicles are viewed as critical for transport decarbonization. To understand how to best leverage the potentials of a large-scale electrification of the transport sector, we had the chance to talk to Erika Myers. Erika works as Global Senior Manager, Electric Vehicles at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Join us for the discussion on the role of e-mobility for a sustainable mobility transformation, electrification of bus fleets and her ambition to empower women in the EV industry.
23:07 12.05.21
S02-E01 | Gender-inclusive mobility with Ines Kawgan-Kagan and Sonal Shah
Urban transport is often seen as gender neutral – a road or bus system benefits all equally. But really: it´s not! Women and men have different mobility behaviors, needs and restrictions for using transport. We discuss these disparities together with Ines Kawgan-Kagan, who is managing director of the AEM Institute in Berlin and Sonal Shah from Delhi, founder of the Urban Catalysts. They will give us a better understanding on this topic and how to improve the gender equality in mobility as well as urban spaces.
30:05 08.04.21
S01-E10 | Welcome 2021 – TUMI’s take on the new year with Daniel Moser
2020 turned the world upside down. All over the world, mobility activities took place in an astonishing pace and new paths were taken. A few days into the new year, 2021 promises to be no less exciting and transformative for sustainable urban mobility solutions. In this episode, Daniel Moser, Management Head of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), will take us through the mobility developments of the past year and give us a taste of what to expect of 2021’s mobility activities.
22:07 21.01.21

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