Offenbach am Main, Germany

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agglomeration: 5,500,000
city: 119,203

Land area

45 km2

Population density

2655 inhabitants/km2

Offenbach am Main is the fifth largest city in the Federal State of Hesse and is located just at the eastern border of Frankfurt am Main, the largest city in the Frankfurt RhineMain region. While the city was formerly well-known for its leather industry, it is nowadays rather characterized by service industries and creative economies, especially design.

Due to its central location in the Frankfurt RhineMain region, Offenbach has an excellent accessibility by air, road and rail. Because of its vicinity to the international airport of Frankfurt it is among the places most heavily affected by noise emissions throughout Germany. Some measures taken for noise reduction have already brought modest improvements, but aircraft noise remains a contested issue in local and regional politics.

Offenbach is well connected with the rest of the region by four suburban train lines running underground through the city center. Transport within the city is organised entirely by buses, since a previously existing tram system has been shut down in 1996. Moreover, the city initiated a bike rental system with renting stations in the inner city and the most important (suburban) train stations. Backed by an initiative of the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), the municipal works also run a pilot scheme for e-mobility, offering electric vehicles for rent to local companies.

The so-called traffic management plan 2015 (Verkehrsmanagementplan - VMP 2015) is the current SUMP-like plan of Offenbach. It was adopted in 2007 and covers the time period until 2015. The general objective is to foster a more sustainable development of the citie’s mobility system and its transport infrastructure according to the citizens needs. The plan has two major foci, which are transport management on the one hand and mobility management on the other. The plan was developed in accordance to other plans and concepts within the municipality (e.g. the formal land-use plan and parking facility concepts). The general concept of the transport management plan formulates six general objectives (e.g. security, accessibility and environmental protection) with twelve sub-aims from which concrete projects are derived. These include, for example, mobility management for schools and companies. Currently, a comprehensive update of the plan is being planned.

Modal Split

Year 2008


Source: Mobilität in Deutschland 2008 Ergebnisbericht – Hessen Autoren: Robert Follmer, Thorsten Brand, Dana Gruschwitz

Survey method:

Representative household surveyone due date per household (mon-sun).all HH-members 10 years and olderPAPI (paper and pencil interview), CATI (computer aided telephone interview)and CAWI (computer aided web interview).



Population (2008)


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Contact person for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

Horst-Ingo Kupfer

Telephone: +49 69 8065 2387
Email: dehorst-ingo.kupferoffenbach
City website:
Political representative: Horst Schneider, Lord Mayor

Status of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan

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