Karlsruhe, Germany

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Population

agglomeration: 497,381
city: 310,387

Land area

174 km2

Population density

1760 inhabitants/km2


Karlsruhe is located in Baden-Württemberg and houses an 18th century palace in the centre, from which the fan-shaped ground plan of the city can be seen. Karlsruhe is directly located on the federal motorways 5 and 6 and in the immediate vicinity of the Rhine-Neckar, Stuttgart, Rhine-Main and Strasbourg agglomerations.

This also makes Karlsruhe an important destination for commuters and business travellers. The Karlsruhe Transport Association maintains an efficient local transport network, which is used by more than 170 million passengers annually. Karlsruhe's main railway station, for example, is of great importance for the German and European rail networks, with more than 150 long-distance trains stopping every day and connections to other European countries. To connect the region, an efficient tram train system is running - in Karlsruhe the idea of these systems was born.

But not only the public transport is well accepted by the people, but also areas for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, e.g. the pedestrian zones "Kaiserstraße" and "Pfinztalstraße" or the cycle routes South and North. In the context of sustainable traffic modes Karlsruhe is “car sharing capital in Germany” (~ 2,8 vehicles per 1000 inhabitants). In addition to road traffic, shipping and aviation also play an important role in Karlsruhe. The Rhine port as well as the airports in Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden make the city easy to reach.

In order to master these numerous challenges, a sustainable urban mobility plan for Karlsruhe was adopted in 2012 after three years of work. Karlsruhe is expressly committed to sustainable mobility. The concept is a sub-strategy of the Urban Development Concept 2020 and shows ways in which the city's objectives can be implemented in terms of sustainable traffic development while taking economic development into account. The development of the concept was designed as a process, the contents of the individual parts were thus developed through the participation of the city committees, the specialist administration and relevant interest groups. The concept was already monitored in 2014 and 2016.

Modal Split

24
25
17
34
Year 2012

Source:

Household survey by omniphon

Survey method:

Survey in households, main mode of transport, workday travel

Year

2012

Population (2012)

298,000

PT
Walk
Bike
Car
22
16
18
34
10
Year 2002

Source:

City of Karlsruhe

Survey method:

Representative household survey

Year

2002

Population (2002)

291,959

PT
Walk
Bike
Car driver
Car passenger
23
17
16
33
11
Year 1992

Source:

City of Karlsruhe

Survey method:

Representative household survey

Year

1992

Population (1992)

291,959

PT
Walk
Bike
Car driver
Car passenger
30
13
13
32
12
Year 1982

Source:

City of Karlsruhe

Survey method:

Representative household survey

Year

1982

Population (1982)

291,959

PT
Walk
Bike
Car driver
Car passenger
30
13
13
32
12
Year 1982
23
17
16
33
11
Year 1992
22
16
18
34
10
Year 2002
24
25
17
34
Year 2012
PT
Walk
Bike
Car
Car driver
Car passenger

Contact person for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

Ulrich Wagner

Telephone: +43 721 133 6160
Email: karlsruhe.deulrich.wagnerstpla
City website:http://www.karlsruhe.de
Political representative: Dr. Frank Mentrup

Participation in previous and current EU transport related projects

Status of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan exists. (Only available in GE, "Verkehrsentwicklungsplan Karlsruhe" in original language)

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