Bremen, Germany

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Population

agglomeration: 2,700,000
city: 569,352

Land area

326 km2

Population density

1749 inhabitants/km2


The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen is a parliamentary republic and a partly sovereign member state (federal state) on the lower reaches and estuary of the Weser River in the northwest of the Federal Republic of Germany. It consists of the two large cities (municipalities) of Bremen and Bremerhaven (together with 680,000 inhabitants) and is therefore called the "two-city state of Bremen". With an area of 326 km² it is the smallest federal state of the Federal Republic of Germany. Bremen is part of the “Metropolregion Nordwest” (metropolitan region Northwest). The Bremen economy is historically shaped by the Weser, the North Sea and the waterways and thus by the port economy in the Bremen/Bremerhaven port group with the Bremen city ports and the ports in Bremerhaven. The city's key economic sectors are the port industry, trade, shipbuilding, automobile construction, aerospace, steel, electronics and food industries, as well as services and high-tech.

Bremen and Bremerhaven together form the second largest seaport in Germany. The focus in the Bremen ports is in particular on car transshipment, container terminal and fishing port in Bremerhaven as well as the Neustädter Hafen in Bremen. Bremen and Bremerhaven are connected by an electrified double-track main railway line. Bremer Hauptbahnhof is classified in the second highest German railway station category. The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen has a total of 27 passenger railway stops and more than ten freight and manoeuvring stations. The state of Bremen has two airfields, the international airport Bremen in Bremen-Neuenland and the airfield Bremerhaven-Luneor in Bremerhaven-Luneort.

The municipalities of Bremen and Bremberhaven, 53 kilometers apart, are connected by the A27 motorway. The A 270 runs in the north of the city of Bremen and further expansion of the A 281 is currently planned in the city area itself. The motorway A 1 also crosses the city of Bremen. The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen is the first and so far only federal state with a continuous speed limit of 120 km/h on the motorways leading through the territory. Bremen and Bremerhaven are connected not only by a motorway, but also by a well utilized rail link for passenger and freight transport and a river, the Weser, for water-based transport and the Weser cycle path.

Bremen citizens travel approx. 1.96 million routes per day. More than 60% of these journeys are made with environmentally friendly means of transport. Bremen is even regarded as the most bicycle-friendly city in Germany for cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants. Nevertheless, there are challenges in improving accessibility on walking, cycling, tram and rail, especially for the approx. 130,000 daily commuters from the surrounding area. Further goals of traffic planning are the fair distribution of the limited public road space, which is often characterized by parked traffic, as well as a continuous reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and noise.

Modal Split

23
25
16
36
Year 2013

Source:

SrV 2013, Modal Split der Bremer Bevölkerung

Year

2013

PT
Walk
Bike
Car
22
22
14
42
Year 2009

Source:

ILS "effizient mobil"

Survey method:

Representative household survey

Year

2009

Population (2009)

547,685

PT
Walk
Bike
Car
22
22
14
42
Year 2009

Source:

ILS "effizient mobil"

Survey method:

Representative household survey

Year

2009

Population (2009)

547,685

PT
Walk
Bike
Car
22
22
14
42
Year 2009

Survey method:

Representative household survey

Year

2009

Population (2009)

547,685

PT
Walk
Bike
Car
21
25
14
40
Year 2008

Source:

Sonderauswertung zur Verkehrserhebung ,Mobilität in Städten – SrV 2008‘ Städtevergleich Dresden, im November 2009

Survey method:

Representative household survey one due date per household (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday). all HH-members PAPI (paper and pencil interview), CATI (computer aided telephone interview) and CAWI (computer aided web interview).

Year

2008

Population (2008)

547,735

PT
Walk
Bike
Car
21
25
14
40
Year 2008

Source:

SrV (System repräsentativer Verkehrserhebungen)

Survey method:

Representative household survey

Year

2008

PT
Walk
Bike
Car
20
21
16
32
10
Year 1997

Source:

Socialdata

Year

1997

Population (1997)

547,000

PT
Walk
Bike
Car driver
Motorcycle
Car passenger
25
20
14
30
10
Year 1982

Source:

Socialdata

Year

1982

Population (1982)

547,000

PT
Walk
Bike
Car driver
Motorcycle
Car passenger
35
16
13
23
12
Year 1976

Source:

Socialdata

Year

1976

Population (1976)

547,000

PT
Walk
Bike
Car driver
Motorcycle
Car passenger
21
25
14
40
Year 2008
21
25
14
40
Year 2008
22
22
14
42
Year 2009
22
22
14
42
Year 2009
22
22
14
42
Year 2009
23
25
16
36
Year 2013
PT
Walk
Bike
Car
Car driver
Motorcycle
Car passenger

Contact person for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

Gunnar Polzin

Telephone: +49 421 361 4800
Email: Bremen.deGunnar.PolzinBau
City website:http://www.bremen.de
Political representative: Dr. Andreas Bovenschulte, Mayor

Participation in previous and current EU transport related projects

Status of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan exists. (Available in GE and EN, "Verkehrsentwicklungsplan Bremen 2025" in original language)
It won the European SUMP Award in 2015 for the exemplary and innovative citizen participation. An update is currently being planned.
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