Viviane Weinmann

Viviane Weinmann

Transport Planner and Adivsor at the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) at GIZ.

Location Germany


  • What would you say are the biggest challenges in Yaounde?

  • We hope you’ll find this course useful for your research work! We would definitely be keen to learn more about your research project on mobility in Yaounde. Would you be willing to share some insights in the topic and focus questions?

  • Great to have you hear! Do let us know what you think about the course and how useful it is for professional context.

  • Thanks for joining this course. We are very happy to have you all here!

  • @LucasSchwarz Lobbyism and lack of political will! my opinion.

    Germany has a very torn society: some a pro-„Verkehrswende“ and others prefer to do „business as usual“. This divide doesn’t go unnoticed by politicians.

  • To give this learning step a happier ending I am sharing with you the urban transformation story of the Spanish medium-size city Victoria gasteiz where the city administration and citizens worked together to create an alternative story for their city:...

  • I remember when I first learned about the phenomenon of “induced demand” back at university. It blew my young mind back then ;-)

    Are you aware of the concept?

  • Very true. I’d add: perception of personal security. (Sexual) harassment in public transport is a big problem in many cities worldwide. If left unaddressed women, BIPoC, etc. will be safer using their private cars instead (if they can afford it)

  • I agree that there is a so called elite that is keen to push for motorised private vehicles in every corner of the world for the ones you can afford it.

    This neglects the other side of the coin though: who builds the roads and parking spaces for these? Who makes decisions on urban speed limits? Who decides on funding for public transport? Etc.

  • Indeed. And it doesn’t help that private cars are becoming bigger and bigger.

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    Week 1 is meant as an easy entry into the topic and the self-paced learning style. We hope you enjoyed it! See you in Week 2!

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    Did we miss out on other terminology that is essential when talking about sustainable mobility?
    Let us know here!

  • Welcome everyone!

    My name is Viviane, based in Frankfurt / Germany and I’m a transport planner working at TUMI. Before moving to Germany I spent a couple of years in South East Asia, primarily Singapore, working as a transport modeller and in urban/ transport master planning.

    Feel free to use the Padlet Wall or just introduce yourselves in the comments...

  • Great to have you here! Looking forward to your examples and insights from all around the world!

  • Dear learners,

    welcome to the course! We are looking forward to start this journey into the world of sustainable transport in cities with you.

    A few useful resources to accompany you over the next weeks:

    a) Join our course / alumni Telegram Group to chitchat with previous and current learners, share information and ask questions:...

  • Hello All, our TUMI Partner ITDP is organising a webinar with the Sustainable Transport Award winner, the City of Bogotá, Colombia:

    Title: Building on Bogota’s Legacy in Sustainable Mobility Planning
    Date/time: Wednesday, September 07, 2022
    2 PM COT, 3 PM EDT, 9 PM EET | Rebroadcast 4AM COT, 5 AM EDT, 11 AM EET

    Event page:...

  • Welcome to Week 2! Looking forward to your thoughts and examples this week :)

  • Thank you for sharing those insights! It's great to hear how the intervention benefits citizens on a smaller budget. Do you have a website or article link on this by any chance?

  • I couldn't agree more! I wonder what needs to happen for city authorities to consider good public transit provision a necessity and baseline service to serve all citizens and contribute to greener mobility behaviours instead of a service you'd only have it makes enough money.

  • Hey Naresh, welcome! I hope you'll enjoy the course! Please share with us insights and stories from Korea throughout this course

  • Hi Ginette, great to have you here! Looking forward to your thoughts from a urban geogpraher point of view. enjoy the course!

  • Welcome! I hope you'll enjoy the course and I am looking forward to your examples and stories from Mexico :)

  • Hi All & welcome to course part 2!

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  • Thanks for sharing this horrific example. This means pedestrian and general walkability haven't been considered in the designs at all?!

  • Thanks for sharing this example! It's always sad to hear when well intended projects (e.g. public space improvements) turn out badly

  • Thanks for this great feedback!

  • Congrats on finishing course part 1! I hope to see you in Course Part 2 as well :)

    You can register for it here: 15th August 2022, but you can already register for it here:

  • We've reached the last week of Course Part 1!

    I hope you enjoyed your learning journey and to see you in Course Part 1. Part 2 starts on 15th August 2022, but you can already register for it here:

  • Hello,
    I'm a transport planner from Frankfurt, Germany, working at the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI). I will be the primary moderator for this course run.
    My journey in the mobility sector started off in aviation and then I quickly switched to sustainable urban mobility working as a consultant in Singapore and around South East Asia.

  • Welcome Ella! I really enjoyed reading your about your "mobility behaviour" :) and you made an intersting point: for some people driving is joy which makes convicing someone to switch to alterantive modes of transport a very different discussion.

  • Welcome Kenia! Great to have someone from LATAM on board. I am looking forward to your insights and experiences from Mexico.

  • Welcome, Pierre! I hope you find this course interesting and useful to advance your career in sustainable urban mobility.

  • @AlexanderJamesLovell very great point, thanks! Unfortunately, the fact that public transit and the way its designed and offered can be discriminated for different groups of people is still unknown to many.

    Through awareness raising and advocacy we intend to shine a light on this issue, e.g. see our latest blog post looking at the problem of sexual...

  • This short article gives some further insights into the 9€ ticket and the discussion around it:

  • Dear All - its great to have you here!

    Besides gaining knowledge, this course is also about gaining access to opportunities and advance your career in sustainable mobility. Go to to subscribe now to the monthly Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative Newsletter.

    For everyday insights, discussions and...

  • New to Streetmix? If you want to quickly understand how it works and how to use it, this a 2-minute intro video into Streetmix:

  • Welcome to Week 3 - this week it's all about active mobility and creating high-quality public spaces. Certainly one of my favourite topics. Enjoy!

  • :D

  • @PaulH out of peronsal curiousity, what's your take on e-bikes for Australian cities with a high urban sprawl?

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    Hi all, I hope you are looking forward to today's live session!
    We have Tom Courtright and Geofrey Ndhogezi from Uganda with us who will give us some insights into the world of informal transport in Kampala and beyond.
    They also run very insightful blog on the topic:

  • Enjoy your visit - it's a really nice city! If you have time you can visit the Vauban quarter which is a great example for well integrated urban and transport planning as well as a "car-light" planning approach:

  • couldn't agree more! as a planner it can really help to reduce complexity and find suitable solutions to improve existing traffic conditions.

  • Part 2 is my favourite course part - so many hands on examples and insights. Enjoy!

  • Hello All,
    I started my professional journey in aviation management but quickly transfered and pursued the career as a sustainable transport planner. Before joining the TUMI team last year I worked for an engineering consultancy in Singapore and around South East Asia. My areas of interest are active mobility design and construction as well as raising...

  • Thank you :)))

  • Hello new learners & welcome back to all learners from Part 1!

    My name is Viviane, transport planner and adivsor at the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) that in cooperation with the University College London (UCL) developed this course. I am also one of the tutors of this course.

    I invite you all to subscribe to our TUMI newsletter to...

  • Thanks for the kind feedback!

  • Welcome, Pita. You should have no problem following this course part without having done Part 1 beforehand. We set both courses to work independently from each other ;)

  • Good question! I am unfortunately not aware of any studies on this in particular. But I would assume since the provision for other transport modes such as closer bus stops or better walking / cycling infrastructure is usually better in such car-parking-free neighbourhoods some people would opt not to own a car.

  • Another example would be the Vauban neighbourhood in Freiburg, South Germany, which didn't go 100% car-free but at least "private vehicle reducing"

  • A minor side note on tall buildings instead of detached housing: Building vertically up also saves on the construction and cost of utilities such new streets, utilities such telecomm, electricity cables, sewerage, etc. and their maintenance.

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    For all of you who have missed our Q&A live session with Lindiwe Rennert please find the recordings of the sessions here:
    Session 28.10.:
    Session 29.10.:
    We had a great discussion on a varierty of topics such as equity-led planning and how to do implement it, what we...

  • Congrats on finishing Part 1 and climbing up the ladder to become a true sustainable mobility expert!

    For all of you who have missed our Q&A live session with Lindiwe Rennert please find the recordings of the sessions here:
    Session 28.10.:
    Session 29.10.:
    We had...

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    Hi All, congrats on your learning achievements so far!
    If you are interested to take a short 4-page summary on the ASI approach feel free to download our ASI factsheet here:

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    Hello! I am looking forward to meet and chit chat in our live sessions today and tomorrow. Lindiwe Rennert is not only a public transit expert and self-proclaimed bus nerd but also focuses her work and research on question of social justice. Often when we talk about sustainable mobility we focus on ecological aspects but what about all the other goods things...

  • Do you by any chance know the percentage of motorized vehicles contributing to Delhi’s air pollution problem? I‘d assume heating in winter or agricultural burnings may be big contributors as well

  • That’s frustratingly true for many places. I do believe that continues education and awareness raising is a key element, supported by strong policy and decision making.

  • Great summary, thanks Agustina!

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    Let’s do a little poll:

    Who of you did know about the Avoid-Shift-Improve approach before starting this course?

    A simple “yes” or “no” to my post would be great. Cheers :)

  • We are only at the end of week one and the comment area under each learning step is a gold pot of knowledge, experiences and information - THANK YOU all for your contributions! This is amazing!

  • I couldn’t agree more! One of the key reasons why developed this online course and run it for free. We need a lot more people to know ASAP to make a change in their respective cities.

  • Interesting comment on the modal shift between transit users only. Thanks for sharing @SantiagoCortinez

  • Very good observations. The graphic is actually based on study undertaken by Vasconcellos in Brazil. I agree that for London or other European cities it would look differently.

  • If you haven’t already been: I recommend you visiting Singapore’s city planning museum in Telok Ayer (by URA). It always has great exhibits on how ur and and transport planning can be better integrated. The poor alignment of these two disciplines is often a key source of our problems

  • Welcome! Great to have someone from a municipality here!

  • I like your honesty! :D there is a great podcast called the “war on Cars”, have you heard about it?

  • I’d say they can. For example there a variety advocates are pushing decision makers to “build back better” or to promote a “green recovery” as part of the COVID-19 response. An example would be the pop-up bikelanes that were turned into permanent ones.

  • Hello, I'm Viviane, one of the moderators of this course and transport planner at the Transformative Urban Mobility Inititiative (TUMI). Before joining TUMI I worked as a transport planner in an engineering consultancy in Singapore and around South East Asia. My expertise lies in transport modelling, master planning and design of walking and cycling...

  • Do you know why people do favour walking or cycling?

  • @ammaraskar it's more challenging but not impossible, wouldn't you say so too?

  • We recently worked with a great NGO from Indonesia (KotaKita) that specialised in understanding the needs of children with disabilities navigating busy streets. It was during our joined project when I learned that street art and colourful crossings can be distracting for children with autism as it distracts them from concentraing on how to safely cross the...

  • Hi mavis, great to see you here :)

  • very important comment! SUSTAINABLE transport also has to consider social aspects and catering for minorities and more vulnerable people of our society.

  • that's a shame, any idea why the shift to light rail didn't happen?

  • That's great news. I spent some time in infrastructure planning in South East Asia and a major "excuse" by decision makers to not accomodate walking & cycling was that it's too hot and therefore walking and cycling is just not popular.

  • Hello All,

    A warm WELCOME from all of us at TUMI and UCL! We are all thrilled to have you on this course and are looking forward to some insightful discussions and sharings over the next weeks.

    On a side note: We set up a closed Telegram Chat Group for all learners and course alumnis to stay in touch outside of this platform and once the course is...

  • Rapid motorization rates in citites is indeed a key problem. We'll dive deeper into this in Week 2.

  • Couldn't agree more!

  • Couldn't agree more!

  • Welcome back and thanks for the feedback!

  • Good to see you on Part 2 as well!

  • Welcome back!

  • Good to see you again, Antje!

  • @AdityaCakasanaJanottama we published a Sourcebook on Two- and Three-Wheelers looking critically at the advantages and their disadvantages - maybe it's helpful for your discussion?

  • Oh I am sorry to hear that, I hope no one was badly injured?

  • Welcome back! We are always happy to hear that the course is useful, thanks for the kind feedback.

  • Hello learners, I'm Viviane, transport planner and fellow tutor of Itzel.
    Before joining TUMI I worked as a transport planner in an engineering consultancy in Singapore and around South East Asia covering projects ranging from transport masterplanning, micro simulation modelling and active mobility design.
    I my free time I enjoy a good coffee by...

  • Welcome back, Susan, looking forward to your contributions in this part of the course again!

  • Hello Learners and a big WELCOME to course Part 2 - Components of sustainable transport planning. We hope you will enjoy it!

    A few resources to accompany you on this learning journey:

    >> Join our Telegram Group to chitchat with previous and current learners, share information and ask questions:

    >> Sign up for...

  • @StefanWendering thanks for sharing! It's interesting to read how the debate escalated to a discussion on the "right for freedom" being threatened. The traditional nucleus family of 4 (2 parents, 2 kids) which is associated with detached single-family homes is far less a majority group nowadays (especially in cities) than it used to me. Many citizens can't...

  • I agree. I actually wonder how many cities regulate buildings' plot ratios at least for new developments.

  • Thanks for sharing all those resources!

  • great summary of Week1, thanks!

  • Hi John, I just checked the link again and it works for me. Maybe try a different browser or via a search engine?

  • Good idea!

  • What is a "pedestrianisation proof of concept project"? That makes me worry if pedestrians are considered not to belong yet or at all.

  • Also, focusing on sufficient green and blue spaces is key for mental health of urban residents as well.

  • Haha, yes, now we getting to the juicier content! :) We hope you'll like it but if it's too much do let us know any time. We are always curious to hear your feedback on this course.