News Digest Item
03 Jul 2018

Germany remains country of automobiles – commentary


Since the federal government has set out to extend its energy transition project into the transport sector, car use in Germany has not changed, writes Friederike Meier in Klimareporter. Unlike neighbouring countries the Netherlands and Denmark, where a far higher share of people travel by public transport or by bike, Germany does not invest enough in alternative modes of transportation. German “streets send a message: take a car – and a big one at that! Everything else is uncomfortable and dangerous,” according to Burkhart Stork, head of the German Cyclists’ Association.

Read the commentary in German here.

For background, read the factsheet Energiewende in transportation: Vague goals, modest strides, and the dossier The energy transition and Germany’s transport sector.

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