Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany

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city: 113,085

Land area

83 km2

Population density

1313 inhabitants/km2

Bergisch Gladbach is a city in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and is located at the eastern border of Cologne. With more than 100.000 inhabitants, the city forms a larger suburban settlement. The economy is marked by different industries like a paper factory, food industries and a technology park. Furthermore, it hosts several small and medium-sized enterprises. Due to its close vicinity to Cologne and the resulting commuting traffic, Bergisch Gladbach has a good accessibility by car and train. One highway crosses the city and a suburban train connects Bergisch Gladbach with Cologne and the airport of Düsseldorf. A connection to Cologne is furthermore served by a tram line. In the city itself, public transport is mainly organized by bus services.
In 2012, Bergisch Gladbach was chosen as a model within a contest organized by the Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Transport of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia in cooperation with the regional transport association VRS. Between 2013 and 2016, the city receives subsidies and consultancy services for developing its own mobility concept based on the SUMP approach which should serve as a positive example for other cities. In order to improve the transport flows in a sustainable way, the municipality plans to develop parking guidance systems, to better connect settlements with public transport, expand barrier-free transport and implement many other measures. The city has good pre-conditions to build upon: Modern information systems for public transport and car sharing stations already exist and can be included into the new strategies.
A mobility survey has been conducted 2014, in which over 2,300 inhabitants of the city have participated (see also modal split data). The survey, combined with various forms of citizen and stakeholder participation, is a vital element in the elaboration of scenarios and strategic goals of the new mobility concept. More specific measures as well as an evaluation of the concepts’ efficacy in terms of costs, externalities and climate protection goals were adopted in 2016.

Modal Split

Year 2014


Survey method:

HHB 2014 (citywide household survey on mobility behavior)




Contact person for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

Daniel Euler

Telephone: +49 (0)2202 141 290
Email: deD.Eulerstadt-gl
City website:

Status of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan

Interested in SUMP

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