Discover Bonn

The Sustainable Urban Transport Guide Bonn

Discover Bonn

The Sustainable Urban Transport Guide Bonn

Explore Bonn with the new Sustainable Urban Transport Guide by the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility!

The guide lets you discover Bonn by sustainable transport. It features three tours in the city center and along the Rhine. The guide provides you with facts on Bonn’s intermodal transport philosophy, the public transport network and the city’s projects concerning sustainable transport. In addition, the guide presents different initiatives by the City of Bonn, several companies and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH GIZ.

On top, it features numerous links to documents and informative material on general traveller’s information, sightseeing and bike trips.

The guide has been published on the special occasion of the Transport Days at COP23 November 6.-17.2017.

You can download the Guide here !

Find a detailed plan of the tour here !

The guide is launched for the special occasion of the COP23.

New SUTP Factsheet Series – Implementing the New Urban Agenda (iNUA)

First policy recommendation paper released on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP)

In October 2016, country and city representatives agreed on the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in Quito, which forms an ambitious baseline for sustainable urban development until 2030. GIZ-SUTP is contributing to the NUA by a new Factsheet Series. The series addresses mayors and practitioners, outlines strategies that are crucial for realizing the objectives of the NUA and provides very practical recommendations for heading forward.

The compact 4-page documents are designed in a way, that mayors and decision-makers can rapidly gain an overview on the rationale and the practicability of the presented tool, measure or strategic approach. This is followed by practical recommendations on how to initiate implementation and further selected sources on the specific issue.

The first SUTP iNUA Factsheet will focus on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans as a practical tool for identifying and shaping actions for sustainable mobility – oriented on high feasibility of implementation. SUMPs integrate well into overarching Urban Development Plans and strategies and follow an inclusive and participative approach.

Download  it here.

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We are currently working on further Factsheets on cycling, road safety, gender-sensitive planning and other topics, so we recommend to regularly check our website for updates.


Public Transport – Queen of hearts

Raising popularity of Public Transportaiton

The problem with mobility is that everybody wants it with as little effort as possible. Motivation can run low in opting for public transport and this is an issue that needs to be addressed. Furthermore, popularity needs to grow if people are to change their habits and ultimately change the face of daily mobility.

An article appeared fairkehr in 2016 addressing motivating factors and illustrating how these have already been successfully implemented in some place. They are not farfetched or unrealistic and the examples included can be found in Germany and are applicable today in many places. To raise popularity simple solutions are suggested:

  • Make the system simple to use. It does not have to be free but ticketing can be used to one’s advantage: RMV has introduced E-Ticketing, Tübingen has a citizen’s card, and many cities have introduced Tourist Tickets. Introducing target group ticketing has two advantages: making mobility cheaper and making it easier to use on a wider scale.
  • Make the system convenient. Connections are vital for gaining commuters. Where direct connections cannot be made, focus needs to be given to multimodal points of transfer. Rheinland-Pfalz has implemented a state-wide interval timetable. Leipzig has concentrated on multimodal combinations between public transport and cycling stations, for private and sharing systems.
  • Make the system accessible. Accessibility takes shape in many forms. For people with any disabilities and barriers in personal mobility it is even more important to be able to guarantee access. Making stations, stops and vehicles accessible for all assures mobility and satisfaction for all customers (e.g. the vehicles in use by Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe DVB). This also includes seniors, families and children. Additionally, as in all relationships, communication is key. The communication with customers must be open and available: signs, apps, publications. All have shown to be successful at developing interest and maintaining good relationship.
  • Make the system ever-present. Presence of mobility aside from personal cars can be a tough one to address in smaller and rural communities and even more so as evening turns to night. Low customer numbers are not an excuse to take the opportunity of mobility from them. Creative solutions can be found. Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund (MDV) has introduced minimum intervals of 2 hours, even into the evening and so expanding their services beyond education commuters. The municipality Uckermark in Brandenburg is running a combi-bus, which transports goods to supplement low customer numbers.
  • Last but not least, don’t forget that good spirits make dedicated public transport users. Bogestra has introduced customer carers to fulfill this purpose.

Good public transportation needs to be many things, but what we have learned from the points above is that puplic transportation needs to be liked. It cannot be a chore. It cannot be the most tedious part of the day. Using multimodal and public transportation needs to become as routine to daily life as getting ready in the morning. On this path of motivation seemingly complicated issues can be addressed through simple solutions and commitment.

For the original article and a fun info-graphic (both in German) click here.

Less people die in traffic

While the number of traffic accidents is increasing, the number of traffic deaths decreases again.

The number of traffic fatalities in Germany is at a record low. Last year as few people have died on German streets as has not been the case since 1953. But still: In 2016, 396.666 road users were injured. A total number of 3206 died as a result of an accident which is a decrease of 253 deaths (10.9%) compared to 2015. Since 1970, when the number of deadly accidents was around 21.000, the count steady went down only with diverting exceptions (Between 2014 and 2015 the number of accidents increased again slightly). The development is all the more pleasing because although the stock of registered automobiles has more than doubled.

The promising development has several reasons including transportation regulations like the introduction of helmet, belt and child seat compulsion, speeding limits in- and outside of towns, improved vehicle technology and safety, road building measures and increased enforcement. The main reasons of road accidents with damage to persons on German roads are insufficient distance, speeding, inobservance of right of way, wrong behavior to cyclists and pedestrians and drunk driving. The total number of accidents 2016, whether people were injured or not, is 2,585,191 which is 0.8 % less than officials recorded in 2015. The German Government set a goal for 2020 to lower the count of traffic related deaths by about 40%. The European Union aims to bisect the traffic deaths in Europe by 2020.


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‚Transport as usual is not an option.‘

More than 80 Transport Practitioners engaged in TUMI-Conference on Urban Mobility Governance at the side of the International Transport Summit 2017


Whether in Addis Ababa, Leipzig or in Kaohsiung – sound transport governance plays a key role in improving the liveability of cities and mitigating climate change. More than 80 transport officials engaged in a conference run by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) along the International Transport Summit 2017 in Leipzig, Germany for 2 days, highlighting the relevance and the potential of stronger collaboration on urban mobility governance in African Cities.


“Transport as usual is not an option” said Dr. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, Deputy Director General for Strategy and Policy Planning of BMZ, in her opening address. Inadequate infrastructure and services hinder economic development of cities and countries around the world every day. Africa alone loses 2% of its economic potential each year. While trying to enhance quality, safety and affordability of sustainable mobility options for their citizens, transport officials are often confronted with the need to think out of the box and create wide coalitions, even with initially opposing stakeholders.


During the conference the urban planners and creative minds from entire Sub-Saharan Africa explored municipal transport governance, brought contrary and joint views of challenges and solutions and findings from up-to-date research to one table. Along the TUT-POL framework (Transforming Urban Transport – The Role of Political Leadership) of Harvard University, the participants took the perspectives on urban development and mobility governance of fellow planners and won insights as well as entry points for their local mobility challenges.


Many ambitious mobility projects are in preparation in Sub-Saharan Cities – Addis Ababa, Daressalam and Cape Town have already proven the potential for urban transformation through bus rapid transit, light rail systems and non-motorised transport infrastructure. Many more exciting projects are at the drawer and wait for implementation. To succeed, mobility projects need to be well framed within local policies and citizen needs. They must include the right stakeholders and technical and political capacity for transport built up must be ensured. Thus, the need for strong political leadership and institutions was highlighted as key for sustainable infrastructure solutions during the conference.


The event took place under the umbrella of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI). The ambitious initiative was launched at HABITAT-III in Quito in October 2016 with its partners the Asian Development Bank (ADB), C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the BMZ, ICLEI, the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP), Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), UN-Habitat and the World Resources Institute (WRI). TUMI combines the expertise and knowledge of all its partners and supports cities in developing countries and emerging economies in implementing sustainable urban mobility projects.


More information can be found on Pictures of the event are available on our SUTP Flickr page!


Discover Leipzig is now available in French.

Just in time for the TUMI Practitioners’ Conference the Sustainable Urban Transport Guide Leipzig is available in French.

Discover Leipzig_FrenchIt features four tours that will let you discover the city using sustainable transport modes. In contains valuable information on the sights you will pass by and on Leipzig’s history and transport development.

The guide provides you with facts on mobility in Leipzig, e.g. bike-sharing and car-sharing as well as on the public transport network, regional and local transport companies, railway networks, ticketing and pricing.

On top, it features links to extensive informative material on general traveller’s information, sightseeing in Leipzig and bike trips.

Download the guide in EN and FR

Looking for New Directions in Urban Mobility?


The FIA Smart Cities initiative brings expertise gained in the motorsports as well as knowledge in the field of mobility to the cities that are committed to promote sustainable transport solutions.

The FIA Smart Cities builds on the Formula E Championship, where electricity-powered cars race in the heart of cities around the world.

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SUTP-Webinar – National decarbonisation strategies in the transport sector: the example of Germany (Monday, May 8) – SUTP

SUTP_WebinarWe cordially invite you to join the first SUTP webinar in 2017 about national decarbonisation strategies in the transport sector on Monday, May 8! With the historical climate agreement in Paris the international community set itself an ambitious target for climate protection. To reduce global warming below 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level, decarbonisation is the key issue that will define the debate over the future of the world’s energy and transport systems.

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Germany is driving ahead with electric bikes

In some urban districts, bicycles have evolved into status symbols and in recent years, the sales of electric bicycles have risen sharply. According to the manufacturer association Conebi, Germany has, with around 40 percent, the largest share of the electric bicycle market. A total of around 21 million bicycles and e-bikes are sold in the European Union every year and approximately 13 million bicycles were also produced here.

For further information, please visit the European Bicycle Industry & Market Profile 2016

Dont forget to apply: New MBA „Sustainble Mobility Management“ at TU Berlin


The new TU Berlin MBA „Sustainable Mobility Management“ is receiving applications until May 31st. Don’t miss the opportunity to acquire new skills in this growing and highly relevant area. The MBA targets transport engineers, transport and mobility experts, planners, architects, and sustainability project managers who want to gain in-depth, special knowledge in the field of sustainable mobility management. The growing environmental impact of transport systems, as well as their energy voracity, requires new approaches and new concepts. Read more

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