In Essen, as in many other cities in the Ruhr region, the expansion of car-oriented infrastructure has been the main focus in recent decades. Active forms of mobility such as cycling and walking have fallen by the wayside. As part of the BMBF's "MobilitätsWerkStadt 2025" funding program, the city of Essen wants to transform its public spaces and traffic routes and sustainably design them for quality of stay and mobility for all. Particular focus is being placed on pedestrian traffic, which still receives far too little attention as an independent form of mobility. In the first phase of the project, the city of Essen worked together with stakeholders from the field of pedestrian traffic to identify various problem areas and develop strategies and measures for specific weak points in the urban area (see imobis project "MobilitätWerkStadt Essen 25").

The second phase is all about implementation: The “Grüne Hauptstat Agentur”(GHA, City of Essen), the Institute for Mobility and Urban Planning (imobis) and the Institute for Urban Public Health (InUPH) will set up real laboratories in two Essen neighborhoods over the next three years, where different measures will be implemented experimentally over several months. Together with the population, they will test how a change in street spaces, new access to means of transport or technological incentive systems affect local mobility. Particular attention will be paid to the acoustics of street spaces - what influence does urban sound quality have on quality of stay, health and mobility behavior?



Contact InUPH

Prof. Dr. Susanne Moebus



Funded by:

BMBF: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung