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30 Jan 2017

Environment ministry starts pilot projects to test alternatives for cars in cities

Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB)

Germany’s environment minister Barbara Hendricks supports pilot projects in four cities that are experimenting with mobility alternatives to privately owned cars, the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) has said in a press release. “One out of two car trips is shorter than five kilometres – for most distances bicycles and our own two feet are a real alternative,” Hendricks explained, adding that a transition to fewer car trips required creating the right conditions. According to the press release, the ministry will fund bike lanes, bike parking spaces, safe road crossings and other measures in the cities of Aachen, Kiel, Köln and Leipzig with one million euros.

Find the press release in German here.

For more information, see the CLEW dossier The energy transition and Germany’s transport sector.

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