TUMI Challenges

TUMI supported cities in achieving their sustainable mobility goals through the TUMI Challenges. Cities in developing countries and emerging economies faced bigger challenges than ever before. Innovation was not optional anymore; it was necessary so that cities could continue to deliver results and improve the lives of their residents.
Looking ahead, TUMI is committed to further supporting cities in their quest for sustainable mobility. With technological advancements and a rapidly changing world, innovation is more important than ever before. TUMI is dedicated to bringing new and innovative solutions to the table, empowering cities to overcome their mobility challenges and create a better future for their citizens.


200k TUMI Challenges

From 2018-2021, the Global Urban Mobility Challenge supported cities around the world with up to EUR 200k for their innovative pilot projects to start the urban mobility transformation.The TUMI Global Urban Mobility Challenge, sponsored by BMZ, is an initiative to support local leaders in their mobility transformation efforts.

Covid Challenges

Through the TUMI COVID Challenges, cities receive the urgent support they require. With cycling as a mode of transport having proven particular resilience throughout challenging times, many of the TUMI COVID Challenges focus on promoting and improving the urban cycling networks. This way, the TUMI COVID Challenges do not only ensure resilient urban mobility systems, they also accelerate the sustainable mobility transformation!


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Deep Dive Cities

COVID Challenges

Cuenca, Ecuador

The City of Cuenca set their sights on creating a leader in sustainable mobility within Ecuador. Their focus on sustainable solutions such as electric mobility in the public transport sector, was expanded at the beginning of corona pandemic.

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Mombasa, Kenya

In addition to responding to the COVID 19 pandemic, the project supports the piloting and acceptance of active mobility and thus the development of sustainable and inclusive cities.

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Singra, Bangladesh

Building resilience of public health and transport services in Singra, which were implemented as part of the TUMI Challenge.

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A TV show series is meant to highlight the safety aspects to citizens, giving them knowledge on Covid fighting measures such as social distance, disinfection, etc, but also other road safety information as well as active mobility options.

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Belo Horizonte

Sustainable mobility is adressed in many different projects with our partners World Resources Institute, Wuppertal Institute, the city of Belo Horizonte and UN Habitat.

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Guayaquil, Ecuador

The city has its first cycling infrastructure in place. With our challenge we supported the city on improving safety conditions for cyclist cycling paths to start the cycling revolution in Guayaquil.

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Nairobi, Kenya

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200k TUMI Challenges

Safetipin App for Bogotá, Colombia

More safety in public spaces and transport for women

The project "Me Muevo Segura" (I move safely) in Bogotá addressed the issue of fear of violence and sexual harassment by mapping the street and cycle network, implementing interventions in mass public transport, and redesigning public spaces to increase the comfort and security of women and girls.

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Open Streets in Cape Town, South Africa

A catalyst for non-motorized transport

Many cities in Africa are known for traffic congestion, road fatalities, air pollution, social disparity, exclusion, and the lack of attractive and safe public spaces. Reimagining streets as places for people to safely move, meet, interact, and play, can make a city more socially integrated.

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Mobility Accelerator in Nairobi, Kenya

Supporting start-ups in the field of sustainable mobility

African Cities are booming. Their population is rapidly increasing rural-urban migration demand for better mobility services is growing by the hour. As a result, there has been an increase in the demand for public transport, private cars as well as digital mobility services.

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E-Rickshaws in Singra, Bangladesh

A public transport and health service for Singra

With our project we introduced ten e-rickshaws as a means of public transport as well as two emergency medical service vehicles.With that, together with the construction of an e-rickshaw garage and extended safety training for drivers.

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Bicycle Sharing Program in Hoi An City, Vietnam

First steps towards shared mobility

Mobility in Hoi An is mostly based on motorbikes and cars, as the trend of “shared mobility” has not caught on for the non‐motorized transport (NMT) sector. The project focused on piloting cycling infrastructure and establishing the Bike Sharing program to foster shared cycling mobility as a viable transport solution.

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Safe Cycling in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Abeba City Government Transport Program´s Management Office

The absence of a cycling culture in the city of Addis Ababa can be attributed to the current infrastructure, behavior of private car drivers & taxis as well as the mountainous terrain. These complex issues were successively being addressed by the TUMI project.

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Digital solutions for Bus services, in Cairo, Egypt

Increasing bus service quality and efficiency

The TUMI Challenge project aims to integrate various services digitally, which can provide real-time information and journey planning tools. The new Transport Regulatory Unit (TRU) staff will build an integrated database of transport services.

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Inclusive Streets, Inclusive Communities in Banjarmasin, Indonesia

Participatory neighborhood street design in Banjarmasin

Through a citizen-driven process, local partners in Banjarmasin, Indonesia implemented three participatory pilot projects as a model of urban inclusivity that is safe and accessible for all.

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Re-imagining Fort Kochi, India

Moving people towards improved access and safety

The project aims to create enhanced accessibility of the Ro-Ro jetty node, which is the main node of Fort Kochi Island. By improving traffic flow and coordination between different modes (public and private), including NMT, the project will show how reduced vehicular-pedestrian conflicts and enhanced walkable conditions for locals and tourists can be beneficial for all.

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Re-Cycle in Fortaleza, Brazil

Tricycles for recyca´lable waste pickers

The TUMI project “Re-ciclo” in Fortaleza seeks to improve the livelihood of catadores and, at the same time, increase Fortaleza’s recycling rates by introducing electric and manual cargo-bikes as an efficient and sustainable mode of transport.

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Muévet Trujillo, Peru

Promoting of the recovery of public space and the use of non-motorized transport

Although the environmental conditions for cycling are ideal in Trujillo, cycling culture has not yet fully arrived in the city. That's why TUMI and Transporte Metropolitano de Trujillo (TMT) have worked on awareness and capacity building for citizens on cycling.

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Get to School Sustainably! Zhytomyr, Ukraine

Shifting modal split at Zhytomyr´s public schools from motorized towards sustainable modes of transport

„Get to school sustainably“ is an infrastructure and capacity development project aiming to shift the modal split at Zhytomyr‘s public schools from motorized towards sustainable modes of transport.

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Improving Walkability in Lagos, Nigeria

The Lagos Sidewalk Challenge

The pilot improves safety, access, and attractiveness of walking in downtown Lagos. A mobile app was developed, which collects data to improve infrastructure quality.

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Mobility App for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The "Dar City Navigator"

The use of public transport was not plannable in Dar Es Salaam due to the lack of real time information. The Agency envisaged an app that can provide real-time information and services of transport options for the residents and visitors of Dar es Salaam (including BRT, daladala and shared mobility services and NMT).

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Shared 3-wheeler Electric Transport in El Kelaa des Sraghna, Morocco

Shared transport system with 25 e-tricycles for transport of goods

The project has introduced a shared transport system with 25 e-tricycles (including 5 with food cooling systems) for the transport of goods in El Kelaa des Sraghna and adjacent rural municipalities of the province.

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Foreword by Frederic

I am proud to have been part of the TUMI team that implemented so many projects aimed at supporting cities in achieving their sustainable mobility goals. With the collective efforts of the TUMI Team, we have helped cities in developing countries and emerging economies to overcome their mobility challenges and improve the lives of their citizens. A special thanks is extended to Mr Armin Wagner for his vision and support to lay the groundwork for the project implementation.

Looking towards the future, TUMI team is committed to bringing new and innovative solutions to the table to address the changing mobility landscape. We will continue to work closely with cities to implement sustainable mobility solutions and empower them to create a better future for their citizens.


Frederic Tesfay - Project Manager

Frederic is a mechanical engineer by education who transitioned into project management, beginning in the field of construction. After working for two years in the USA, he spent five years working for GIZ in Africa, focused in on-the-job training for large scale construction. Throughout his career, he developed strong project management skills, which has enabled him to successfully manage projects in technical education, sustainable mobility and digital transformation around the globe.