Padam Mobility Implements On-Demand Transport in Rural Areas of Extremadura, Spain Padam Mobility implemented on-demand transport in rural areas of Badajoz and Cáceres, in the Aut
rural development agents
Mobirural aims at educating rural development agents that will act as multipliers for involving and activating the local communities.
For the implementation of solutions for rural mobility, it is crucial to involve the local community.
By incorporating suggestions of these stakeholders, bottom-up concepts can be developed.
Solutions for rural areas must be adapted locally and require the active involvement of local and regional stakeholders to meet their specific demands, as there is no “one-fits-all” solution.
If the involvement of the local community is to be sustainable and comprehensive, it is essential to consider all existing population groups within the local community with their demands, capacities, resources, prerequisites and address and involve them accordingly.
Also, it is important to consider decision-makers and traditional hierarchies, while at the same time adopting new approaches and formats.
Moreover, the role of municipalities in engaging the local community is central. The mayor, city councils, etc. as democratically legitimized representatives of the people can support their decision-making process, ensure increased acceptance of their decisions, and make informed and fitting choices by involving the local communities.
This covers aspects of participation as well as activating and committing civil resources to honorary help providing rural mobility.
There are several important aspects to be considered when involving local communities if the implementation of rural mobility is to be successful.
Early participatory formats can help raise awareness with a longer time horizon and decisions for the future can therefore be made with more foresight and include sufficient flexibility for future change.
Furthermore, when thinking about involving local communities, it can be helpful to look at other areas and formats used there to promote civic engagement successfully and examine which of these can be transferred and adopted to the topic of rural mobility.