Dortmund, Germany

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Population

agglomeration: 5,100,000
city: 603,000

Land area

281 km2

Population density

2146 inhabitants/km2


Dortmund is the largest city within the western part of the Ruhr Area. The latter is the largest and most densely populated agglomeration in Germany, hosting about 5,1 million inhabitants in an area of 4.435 km². While the area was formerly famous for its prospering coal and steel industries in the post-war age, the decline of these industries and structural change of the economy since the 1970s posed a challenge for the Ruhr Area in terms of employment and infrastructure. Today, Dortmund is mainly characterized by service industries with a focus on insurance, logistics and IT.
Due to its location in a densely populated area, Dortmund is one of the most important transport nodes within Westphalia. The city is crossed by six highways and has an important position within the German high-speed train network. Furthermore, an airport is located on the eastern outskirts of the city. As there is a high share of commuting traffic within the Ruhr Area, Dortmund has a very good public transport system. Many suburban trains connect the city to its neighbouring cities. Within the city, the public transport system comprises eight city railways, 56 bus lines and an elevated railway line. Since the 1980s, the municipality is constantly expanding its network of cycling routes and became member of an association working for pedestrian- and bike-friendlier cities in 2006.
The current SUMP of Dortmund was adopted in 2004 and identifies nine fields of action (road network, public transport, bicycle transport, parking, street space design, commercial transport, mobility management, transport management and transport safety). Becoming a member in the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle-friendly Cities, Townships and Districts in North Rhine Westphalia in 2006 was one successfully implemented short term objective of the SUMP as well as publishing a city map for truckers, providing them relevant information about road restrictions and services. Furthermore, several measures in mobility management were already implemented as a part of the SUMP. A household survey conducted in 2013 has shown that the share of cycling and walking in the modal split has increased at the expense of car traffic, although there remains potential for improvement. Based on these findings, the SUMP is being updated at the moment.

Modal Split

22
24
47
Year 2013

Source:

Haushaltsbefragung zum Mobilitätsverhalten

Survey method:

Representative local household survey

Year

2013

Population (2013)

583,658

PT
Walk
Bike
Car
18
10
22
50
Year 2005

Source:

City of Dortmund

Survey method:

Representative household survey

Year

2005

Population (2005)

585,678

PT
Walk
Bike
Car
18
10
22
50
Year 2005

Source:

Stadt Dortmund

Survey method:

Representative household survey

Year

2005

Population (2005)

588,168

PT
Walk
Bike
Car
21
16
44
13
Year 1998

Source:

Socialdata

Year

1998

Population (1998)

580,000

PT
Walk
Bike
Car driver
Motorcycle
Car passenger
21
16
44
13
Year 1998
18
10
22
50
Year 2005
18
10
22
50
Year 2005
22
24
47
Year 2013
PT
Walk
Bike
Car
Car driver
Motorcycle
Car passenger

Contact person for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

Winfried Sagolla

Telephone: +49 231 50 22613
Email: dewsagollastadtdo
City website:http://www.dortmund.de

Participation in previous and current EU transport related projects

Status of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan

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