Low-Traffic City Centre’ in Leipzig: When less leads to more
New horizons for traffic and urban planning
Leipzig is one of the fastest-growing cities in Germany. The inner city became increasingly unattractive due to the continuous rise in car traffic – caused not only by the many cars passing through, but also by those looking for parking spaces, of which there were too few.
To reduce pressure on the centre, in 1993 the city council adopted the ‘master plan for a low-traffic city centre’, which was updated in 2008. The plan is based on recognition of the fact that the available space is no longer sufficient for all modes of transport. Thanks to the reduction in the number of cars, today there is space in the city centre for little extras – like benches that invite passers-by to sit down for a while.
For further information on objectives, activities, effects and concluding remarks on the master plan for a ‘low-traffic city centre’, click here.