Walking & Cycling

On foot and by bicycle – active on the way to the emissions-free city

  • The way there still seems long, but everybody can make a contribution: with active mobility such as walking or riding a bicycle. “If by 2020 in Germany, half of the car trips under 5 kilometres were shifted to bicycle or pedestrian traffic, 5.8 million tonnes of CO2 could be saved”, according to the 2010 report “Guidelines for climate protection in urban traffic” from the German Federal Ministry of the Environment.

    Even if it has not yet been explained completely why people walk or bicycle, it is undisputed that good infrastructure is an important prerequisite. In order to provide this, the administration, planners and road users must recognise the potential for active mobility: Prevention of traffic jams, fewer emissions and less traffic noise are just a few advantages. Infrastructure planning for motorised traffic is frequently done based on a transport model. For non-motorised forms of mobility, this approach is still in its infancy.

    In our research activities, we are developing our transport models in order to be better able to consider active mobility in model-based traffic planning in the future. In addition, we are focusing on the design and planning effects of the latest mobility developments such as bicycle rental systems and we are developing tools with which the benefits of active mobilities for cities can be assessed.

    Our fields of activity:

    • Development of innovative concepts for the encouragement of pedestrian and bicycle traffic
    • Further enhancement of the demand and traffic models for improvement of modelling results
    • Further enhancement of methods/approaches for determining and assessing effects


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