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Feeder busses, bicycle-actions and even horse-drawn carriages - the main thing is to make the mobility to the event a real and safe experience.
 

Provincial Exhibition of Styria, Austria 2001

The exhibition under the motto Energy at your fingertips has been running in the cities of Weiz and Gleisdorf from the 27th of April to the end of October 2001. Approximately 143,700 persons visited the exhibition. At the exhibition itself, about 76 sub-events took place, too. As part of an initiative of the Province of Styria, a lot of these events were carried out under the theme 'G' scheit feiern' (celebrate clever). The guidelines of 'G'scheit feiern' include waste management (waste prevention, use of eco- dishwashers etc.), the use of rural organic products and mobility management (feeder buses, car pool, etc.). Within the frame of the Austrian SMASH demonstration project 8 events (3 festivals and 5 trade fairs) realised environmentally friendly measures.
 

Mobility management measures

Internet based intermodal travel aids for the trip to the event
Information and mobility advice were available on both the websites of the mobility office 'Mobil Zentral' and of the Styrian transport company 'Steirische Verkehrsverbund Gesellschaft'. Comprehensive information regarding the accessibility of the exhibition by public transport was provided (including timetables, routes and tariffs of public transport to and between the two exhibition-sites). There were also recommendations for on-site and local mobility (bicycle rental) on these websites.
Local transport during the event
The local transport with public buses or trains between both exhibition-sites Gleisdorf and Weiz was for free for the visitors of the exhibition. The entrance card worked as a ticket for the public transport. In addition cycle transport facilities in trains were offered.
Individualised information
More detailed time- and route-planning regarding the journey to the exhibition sites and back home and regarding local-mobility were available at the mobility office 'Mobil Zentral' by phone, email and fax. Interested people had the possibility to get special information packages, tailor-made to their needs: with time- and route-tables for public transport from their home to the exhibition sites and with special recommendations for local and regional tourist-sites and attractions (including mobility advice).
Bicycle rental
A special bicycle rental outlet was offered in the area of the 'FunErgy Park' during the opening time of the exhibition. The rental of bikes was for free for visitors of the exhibition on condition that the entrance card was valid. Only a deposit was demanded.
Web page 'Bicycling within the region of Weiz and Gleisdorf'
Information about the rental service and about bicycle trips within the region of Weiz was available on the 'Mobil Zentral' website. The contents of this web page have been travel recommendations from the City of Graz to Weiz and back home (including detailed time- and route-planning regarding the journey with public transport) as well as on-site and local mobility hints (location, opening time, rental conditions etc. of the bicycle rental).
Special feeder and pickup services for 'SMASH' events
Special feeder and pickup services with big busses and a nine-seated bio diesel bus have been offered for selected events in 2001 and 2002. The price of the bus-ticket for the circuit (including a drink at the event) was 2,90 Euro. Moreover the ticket could be used to participate in a raffle. At two festivals a van acted as a shuttle service from the event site to distant parking lots. A special shuttle service was offered at one event to the visitors - on order a carriage drawn by two horses brought the visitors to the trade fair. At the end of the event special collective taxis returned the visitors home. Visitors that used this shuttle service got a nice snack packet filled with regional organic delicacies for free.
'Bicycle-action' / 'Public Transport action'
An attractive 'bicycle- and PT-action' was offered at 3 events including an information-point for bikers, a give-away (wooden key fobs) and a refreshment for free for bikers and public transport users. Bikers and public transport users also took part in a raffle.
Information
Information about the environment friendly access to the events was given through advertisements, articles in regional and nationwide newspapers, flyers, posters and bulk mail consignments.
 

Waste, energy, water, nature and soil measures

Re-usable dishes
In general only metal-cutlery, porcelain-dishes and glasses were used for serving food and drinks. In those cases, where glasses haven't been allowed for security reasons, washable and re-useable plastic-cups were used.
Mobile eco-dishwasher
A mobile eco-dishwasher was used to clean the used dishes, glasses, cups and cutlery directly on site.
No one-portion packages
Drinks were bought in re-usable large packages or freezer containers; sugar, milk, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, etc. were bought in large packages.
Waste separation
Waste separation included placing sufficient waste collection bins on site, the training of the catering staff before the event as well as the assistance to the separation of waste during the event and a waste check after the event together with the parties involved.
'No flyer' campaign
Sponsors and caterers agreed not to use flyers and other one-way promotional material at the event.
Use of rural organic products
'Taste the vicinity' was the slogan of the regional bio-farmers, who have catered all events of the Austrian SMASH demo-project with regional food, produced according to ecological criteria. This way, the profits remained in the region and the burden for the environment was reduced because of the reduction of transport distances and wrapping. Through qualified product-selection it was possible to reduce the total waste created by such an event by up to 80%; whereas through conventional waste-separation efforts only the not-reusable waste could be reduced by 50%.
Contact
Austrian Mobility Research (AMOR)
Margit Braun, Karl Reiter Project partner, coordinator of the Austrian pilot project

Stadt Weiz
Barbara Kulmer: Project partner

Abfallwirtschaftsverband Weiz (AWV)
Willi Heuegger: Project partner

Steirische Verkehrsverbund GmbH
Alfred Hensle: Project partner
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