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City of Bremen
The Hanseatic City of Bremen (Freie Hansestadt Bremen) is a city-state in the north of Germany near the North Sea and is divided into the two municipalities of Bremen and the North Sea port, Bremerhaven. The city of Bremen is Germany’s 10th largest city with a population of nearly 550,000 inhabitants. The Ministry for the Environment, Construction and Transportation (Senator für Umwelt, Bau und Verkehr) is the supreme building authority for the City of Bremen and is responsible for a wide range of administrative activities. The mobility concept for the city includes coordinated, non-discriminate planning for all modes of transport – pedestrian, bicycles, public transport, passenger rail transport, automobiles and commercial transport – geared toward efficiency, accessibility and social, economic and environmental sustainability.
The citizens of Bremen make nearly 1.8 million trips per day as they commute between home and work or school, for business, shopping or recreation. The City of Bremen strives toward improving mobility on an economically, socially and ecologically sustainable level for citizens and visitors. Comprehensive and inclusive transportation solutions that endeavour to expand accessibility between and to various modes of transport and promote innovative transport solutions, such as car-sharing and eMobility, are an integral part of the region’s mobility concept.
While Bremen already features a wide modal split with a significant portion of environmentally-friendly modes of transport (pedestrian, bicycle, public transport and car sharing), the topic of transportation and mobility still concentrates on the automobile and a strong dependence on fossil fuels. It is clear that the City must attempt to provide mobility solutions that offer additional economic, social and ecologically sustainable alternatives. In the future, it will become more and more important to offer city-compatible options for mobility; not by attempting to limit this but by providing transport solutions that are attractive, efficient, accessible and less harmful to the environment and that contribute to a balanced, liveable, attractive and functional urban realm. The options should require fewer spatial resources without reducing the quality and freedom of mobility.
In CARE-North+, the City of Bremen acts as project manager and lead beneficiary for the project consortium. The City’s goals within the project are, among other things, to build on the successful, ongoing work of the CARE-North project by promoting a comprehensive, strategic and practical approach to urban and regional transport/accessibility in the North Sea Region in the context of climate change and declining oil supplies.