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Low-Traffic City Centre' in Leipzig: When less leads to more

Low-Traffic City Centre' in Leipzig: When less leads to more

By the City of Leipzig New horizons for traffic and urban planning Many cities that grow rapidly sprawl around the periphery, and lose touch with their own centre once that centre...
Defining the Future of Mobility: Intelligent and Connected Vehicles in China and Germany

Defining the Future of Mobility: Intelligent and Connected Vehicles in China and Germany

Recently, China is undertaking numerous steps to accelerate the development of Intelligent and Connected Vehicles (ICVs). By 2020, 50% of all new cars in China are supposed to be...
A 360° view of urban mobility in Copenhagen, Denmark

A 360° view of urban mobility in Copenhagen, Denmark

With our new series of 360° pictures, you can experience best practice examples of urban planning & mobility in an interactive way. Find the first article of the series about...

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The Changing Face of Cycling in Germany: From Tradition to Shared Economy

200 years ago, German inventor Philipp Moritz Fischer built the world’s first bicycle. Today, Germans own almost 74 million bikes and cover a distance of altogether nearly 25 billion kilometers or 300 kilometers per inhabitant and per year. It is particularly the improved image of cycling that has driven more and more people to use their bicycle. With a broader variety of models and the introduction of innovative materials and technologies, bicycles have been converted into lifestyle products.

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The Evolution of Free-Floating Bike-Sharing in China

Since the explosive growth of free-floating bike-sharing in China starting in 2016, it has been described as one of the country’s hottest industries. China’s official state-run press agency Xinhua called it one of the “four great new inventions” in modern times (the other three being e-commerce, high-speed rail and mobile-payment). The bike-sharing industry was praised for providing a healthy lifestyle and a key to achieve more sustainable urban transport systems, with the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution significantly. The expectations put on free-floating bike-sharing were no less than reviving the “kingdom of bicycles”.

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