Urban MoVe

Private law contracts as innovative programming and management tools for city and mobility planning

By means of best practice analysis and national case examples in the cities of Graz and Vienna it is examined, how private-law contracts could be suitable for municipal programming and management tools for mobility measures at new residential locations.


For a climate and energy efficient planning of residential buildings, an early consideration and included planning of personal mobility at an early stage is inevitable due to the fact that 80% of all travelled distances begin and end at the residential location. Therefore, the decision on the mode of transport is made at the place of residence.


Recently, private-law contract provisions (e.g. mobility contracts and funds, urban development contracts) between municipalities and project solicitors (e.g. investors, building contractors, property developers) are gaining increased importance.


By analyzing the first case examples in Graz and Vienna, UrbanMoVe aims at determining how e.g. private-law contracts, mobility contracts and funds are suitable as control options for a future oriented city and mobility planning and how further developments of these tools can take place amid new mobility trends (e.g. sharing and electric mobility, mobility as a service, automated driving). These considerations are extended with first international best practice experiences as well as intensive communication and networking with relevant planning actors. The aim is the development of an application oriented guideline which supports municipalities, building contractors, mobility service providers and planners in the development, implementation and evaluation of contractual management tools.


The Energy Center focuses on the networking and consultancy of the stakeholders in the city of Vienna and possibilities to enhance the Viennese instruments and tools, as well as on the dissemination of the project results in its own event format and beyond.


Contact: Gerald Franz


Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)

(program „city of tomorrow“)


10/2018 – 09/2020


yverkehrsplanung GmbH (project lead)

TU Wien - Fachbereich Bodenpolitik und Bodenmanagement 

TU Graz – Institut für Städtebau, Grazer Energieagentur GmbH