Freiburg Transport Plans
As far back as 1969, the City of Freiburg adopted its first „General Urban Transport Policy“ and since then it has been one of the declared aims of the city‘s urban transport policy to ensure a good level of mobility that does not adversely affect urban development, nature and the environment. Freiburg‘s transport policy, which has attracted attention nationwide, promotes environmentally-friendly modes of travel (walking and cycling, local public transport). The city was rewarded for its efforts in 1995 with the award of the „European Local Public Transport Prize“.
Between 1982 and 1999 the percentage of bikes in the total volume of inner-city traffic rose from 15% to 27% and public transport rose from 11% to 18%, while the percentage of trips made by car fell from 38% to 32%. Compared with other major German cities, Freiburg has an extremely low density of cars, with only 428 vehicles per 1,000 residents.
The primary aim of Freiburg‘s transport policy is the prevention of traffic by the creation of a compact city that people can cross quickly, with strong neighbourhood centres, urban development along the main public transport arteries and priority for inner-city development rather than suburban growth.