Cycling infrastructure / New Team Member / Urban Mobility Design

Welcome Helene Loy!

I have been a part of the Mobycon team for almost two months now, and am looking forward to working in the DACH team as a consultant. I have long been interested in how we can shape mobility to make cities accessible and liveable for everyone.  

Growing up in a small town in Bavaria, the car has always been my means of transport. Especially to reach the surrounding villages, there was no alternative but to drive your car as public transport and developed cycle paths were non-existent; (fun fact: the public transport system in my home district is the fifth worst in Germany). Until then, I hadn’t questioned my mobility behavior and had taken it for granted.  

When I moved to Würzburg, a mid-sized city in southern Germany, for my human geography studies, I realized that mobility is changeable and diverse, and began to rely more on biking, public transport, and walking myself. I came to realize: that there is room for improvement! In my studies, I was highly motivated to learn more about how transport networks are planned, so I could potentially change them myself one day. That’s why in 2018, I ended up in Aachen to pursue my Master’s in Geography with a Minor in Transportation Engineering. While there, I quickly noticed that cycling and walking were given minimal importance when it came to planning new transport networks. Simultaneously, living in Aachen close to the Dutch border allowed me to experience firsthand what successful networks look like while visiting Dutch cities on weekends.   

With all these insights, it became clear to me that I wanted to work towards changing this sector. So, for the past two years, I’ve been working at a small German consultancy focusing on sustainable mobility. Alongside optimizing public transport networks, I’ve also been involved in developing strategies for sharing systems and mobility plans. During this time, I became – as my friends say – a transport nerd, always excited to see new bike-sharing systems in cities or to take long train journeys across Europe.  

Helen Loy in public transport.

I am now thrilled to shift my focus at Mobycon specifically to cycling. As a cyclist in Berlin, I believe that significant changes are needed, particularly in infrastructure, to persuade more people to cycle.  I spent my first month at Mobycon in Delft, where I gained valuable insights into what the Dutch do differently and what they have already achieved. The biggest difference I have noticed is that they plan much more for networks rather than individual cycle paths; rarely stopping suddenly, as is often the case in Germany. In addition, there is a bigger multimodal approach. For example, there are not only huge bicycle parking garages at train stations, but also bicycle parking spaces even at the most deserted bus stops, allowing you to easily switch between bike and public transport.  

Not only with these insights but also with the conviction that it often takes holistic approaches to convince people of sustainable means of transportation, I am excited to implement these perspectives into practice at Mobycon. 

Reach Out! 

Feel free to contact Helene if you’d like to chat. We are looking forward to meeting you! 

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Helene Loy

Mobility Advisor

“I’m passionate about making cities more liveable by shifting the focus from cars to people. It’s important to consider all mobility needs and design urban spaces accordingly. By prioritising walking, cycling and public transport, we can create cities that are less car-dependent and more inclusive for everyone.”

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