What Happens Beneath the Surface? Evidence and Insights into Changes in Urban Travel Behaviour in Germany

The Technische Universität Dresden has conducted the largest German household survey in terms of sample size, “Mobility in Cities – SrV”, at five-year intervals since 1972. The survey methodology has remained comparable over the years, allowing a founded analysis of chronological developments in study regions which have participated repeatedly. This time series provides Germany with a unique, empirical foundation for evaluation of the impacts of political, structural and value-related changes. After reunification, mobility developments which were spread over several post-war decades in West Germany took place within less than ten years in East Germany. An analysis of current data based on the 10th survey “Mobility in Cities – SrV 2013” enables direct and current conclusions on existing and new mobility trends in daily urban travel. Transport-related and structural impacts from major societal changes become visible. The data could also help to illustrate the transport-related impacts of the demographic changes Germany faces in coming decades. A short overview of German travel behaviour surveys is given, wherein the focus is on developments in the mobility of residents in selected municipalities and urban regions. The resulting conclusions help to identify interactions between possible courses of action in integrated town and regional transport planning or SUMPs.


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  • Accession Number: 01612984
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 29 2016 8:37AM