Leipzig, Germany

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Population

city: 600,100

Land area

298 km2

Population density

2015 inhabitants/km2


The independent city of Leipzig in the federal state of Saxony is one of the fastest growing cities in Germany. As a historical centre of economy, trade and traffic, administration, culture and education as well as for the "creative scene", Leipzig is becoming an increasingly popular place to live and work (600,100 inhabitants, as of November 2019).

Leipzig is one of Saxony's six regional centres and, together with the large city of Halle (Saale) in the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt, which is around 32 kilometres away, forms the Leipzig-Halle conurbation (population 1.1 million). With Halle and other cities in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, Leipzig is part of the polycentric metropolitan region of Central Germany. The entire Leipzig region is an important centre of the energy industry and Leipzig appears as the energy metropolis of Leipzig. Leipzig operates the Cluster Energie und Umwelt (Energy and Environment Cluster) and has an economic development focus there. In addition to Frankfurt am Main, Munich and Stuttgart, Leipzig is also a nationally important banking and financial site.

Due to its central location, Leipzig has developed into a traffic and logistics centre. Logistics is organised as an economic focal point in the Leipzig-Halle Logistics Network. In addition to the Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH, the Mitteldeutsche Verkehrsverbund, the subsidiary of Veolia Verkehr GmbH, Veolia Verkehr Regio Ost and the Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn also have their headquarters in Leipzig. Deutsche Bahn Netz coordinates the Southeast Regional Area from Leipzig.

Since 2002, the City of Leipzig has had an action plan for the development of cycling, which was extended in 2012 by the cycle traffic development plan 2010-2020. The aim is to increase the proportion of bicycle traffic on daily routes from 14.4% in 2008 to 20% by 2020, to improve traffic safety and to increase the attractiveness of the bicycle traffic system from the user's point of view. The number of cycle paths has increased more than fivefold within 20 years. The target modal split in the urban development plan for transport and public space describes a 30% share of motorized individual transport and a 70% share of the ecomobility.

The Urban Development Plan (STEP) Transport and Public Space is an important component of integrated urban development. With this plan, the City of Leipzig sets itself ambitious, verifiable and at the same time realistic goals for mobility development. In the Council meeting of 25 February 2015, the Urban Development Plan for Transport and Public Space was adopted after intensive consultation by the City Council. In addition, the city is addressing aspects of sustainable urban development in its Mobility Strategy 2030, which was adopted unanimously by the City Council on 27 September 2018, and the "Fachkonzept Nachhaltige Mobilität" (Sustainable Mobility Strategy).

Modal Split

25
17
18
40
Year 2015

Source:

Stadt Leipzig, Verkehrs- und Tiefbauamt

Year

2015

PT
Walk
Bike
Car
27
14
19
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)

515,418

PT
Walk
Bike
Car
26
13
17
44
Year 2001

Source:

City of Leipzig

Survey method:

Representative household survey

Year

2001

Population (2001)

518,862

PT
Walk
Bike
Car
35
9
24
20
10
Year 1990

Source:

Socialdata

Year

1990

Population (1990)

523,000

PT
Walk
Bike
Car driver
Motorcycle
Car passenger
35
9
24
20
10
Year 1990
26
13
17
44
Year 2001
27
14
19
40
Year 2008
25
17
18
40
Year 2015
PT
Walk
Bike
Car
Car driver
Motorcycle
Car passenger

Contact person for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

Torben Heinemann

Telephone: +49 341 123 34 41
Email: devta-planungleipzig
City website:http://www.leipzig.de
Political representative: Burkhard Jung, Mayor

Participation in previous and current EU transport related projects

  • Central Meetbike (2011 - 2014)   (show/hide more information)
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  • Movecit (2016 - 2019)   (show/hide more information)
    The project was about getting the employees of public authorities from A to B - in a sustainable way. MOVECIT aims to make transport more sustainable in times of increasing individual and motorised mobility in central Europe.
  • Low Carb (2017 - 2020)   (show/hide more information)
    The EU project "LOW-CARB - Clever Mobil im Leipziger Nordraum" aims at three goals: The development of a master plan for public transport, the increase in knowledge about sustainable forms of mobility, and the implementation of a pilot programme in the form of a mobility information system.
  • DEMO-EC (2017 - 2021)   (show/hide more information)
    The development of the \
  • Eurocities

Status of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan exists. (Available only in GE, "Stadtentwicklungsplan Verkehr und öffentlicher Raum" in original language)

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