In the field of mobility, public transport in rural areas in Germany has now been reduced to a minimum. People without a car often have no possibility to reach the nearest medium-sized centres without great effort. When things are going well, there is still a collective taxi, but even this is not installed nationwide – and if it were used as intensively as necessary, it would no longer be financially viable for local authorities. In this course we are testing a concept developed by citizens which we call “Roter Punkt – ich nehme dich mit“. This is essentially about citizens recognising among themselves who wants to be taken where and when, in order to offer a partial solution by the simplest means (a red sticker in the car). Red benches distributed at strategic points in the town serve as central collection points, and those who sit there are looking for a lift. Through cooperation in a supra-regional research project, important questions about insurance protection and liability can be clarified. In practical terms, we are trying out how high the penetration must be in order to achieve a noticeable positive effect in the mobility offer. This naturally includes the question of how large the region must be in which the “Red Dot” is offered. The aim here is to offer an app or similar in future, so that we can also come to an agreement if necessary. Just as this neighbourhood mobility can and should be supplemented by sharing in e-mobility.
Many properties in rural areas are empty. As we create new economic impulses in the regions, there is also an increased demand for space at all levels: Jobs will bring in new citizens. If there is childcare available, the place is also interesting for young families. Apartments and single-family houses are in greater demand again. Offers such as childcare require space and rooms. Newly founded companies are asking for office space, but also sales areas for their products. This creates a cycle through which the value of the real estate can also be stabilised. The ownership rate in rural areas is significantly higher than in the cities, real estate often represents a part of the retirement provisions.15 years ago, the former restaurant in Oberndorf stood empty and decayed. Where once weddings and club anniversaries were celebrated, the plaster is crumbling from the walls. ostewert AG will fill this building with life again. The “markthuus” offers regional producers the opportunity to offer their goods for sale. In addition, several co-working places are available for use by freelancers, start-ups and creative SMEs in the region. Larger areas can be rented for events, such as cooking courses or cinema evenings. And finally, two rooms will be offered for Bed & Breakfeast or Bike & Breakfeast. The online shop has already started, the building permit has been issued. The renovation is scheduled to start in 2017.