Potsdam, Germany

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Population

city: 178,347

Land area

188 km2

Population density

944 inhabitants/km2


The state capital of Potsdam is a rapidly growing city and must therefore expect an increase in transport demand in the future. Capacity limits are already being reached on the entrance roads, in the inner city area, and in Potsdam's public transport system. The city is characterised by strong traffic relations with the neighbouring communities of Brandenburg on the one hand and with neighbouring Berlin on the other.

The federal motorways A10 and A115, which affect Potsdam, connect the state capital to the road network both regionally and nationally. The road network of the city of Potsdam is characterised by federal and state roads running radially through the city. A special feature of the road network structure is the Havel river crossing the city: It divides Potsdam's urban area into a northwestern and a southeastern district. These areas are connected by the northern Humboldt Bridge along the B1 and the southern Long Bridge along the B1/B2. Thus the motor vehicle traffic is bundled via these two crossings.

The Potsdam tram is the efficient backbone of the public transport system. Potsdam is connected to the centre of Berlin by two regional railway lines and the S-Bahn. In addition, there is a large number of bus connections and rail links with neighbouring communities.

The continuous population growth, which, according to the latest estimates, will grow from 178,300 inhabitants in 2018 to an expected 200,000 inhabitants in 2030, will increase traffic pollution and - if no measures are taken - environmental pollution.
In order to be able to address this challenge appropriately, the Urban Development Concept Transport was adopted in 2014. The aim of further traffic development in the state capital of Potsdam is to ensure the mobility of the population while at the same time reducing the environmental impact, especially of motorised individual transport. Therefore, all planning and resources must be directed towards strengthening the means of transport of the "environmental alliance".

With this decision, the scenario "Sustainable Mobility" forms the basis for further traffic development. By implementing the measures contained therein, it will be possible to achieve a significant change in the proportion of transport modes in favour of the "environmental alliance" (pedestrian, bicycle, and local public transport). For example, an extension of the tramway to the north of Potsdam is planned to develop existing and new residential areas.

Modal Split

29
14
21
36
Year 2013

Source:

Mobilitätssteckbrief für Potsdam, TU Dresden

Year

2013

PT
Walk
Bike
Car
23
20
19
38
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)

149,687

PT
Walk
Bike
Car
23
20
19
38
Year 2008
29
14
21
36
Year 2013
PT
Walk
Bike
Car

Contact person for Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning

Norman Niehoff

Telephone: +49 331 289 2541
Email: potsdam.deverkehrsentwicklungrathaus
City website:https://www.potsdam.de
Political representative: Bernd Rubelt, Municipal Commissioner

Status of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan exists. (Available only in GE, "Stadtentwicklungskonzept Verkehr" in original language)

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