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Germany's first bicycle distric in Bremen

Bike model district - Alte Neustadt

Übersicht Gesamtplan
Übersicht Gesamtplan © SUBV

The model district lies within the Bremens's ramparts, which were extended in the 17th century to secure the expansion of the city at that time. Alte Neustadt later developed into an important production site and residential area for workers. Today, the area between Weser and Neusttädter Wallanlagen is characterised by large administrative and production sites for the Beck & Co brewery, the Mondelez, Azul Kaffee and Hachez Schokolade companies. The population of the selected model quarter - excluding additional residential buildings - is around 9% higher than 20 years ago at 2,900, with the number of 18 to 25 year-olds almost doubling over the same period. At just under 26 %, population mobility is very high, as the population in the neighbourhood is statistically completely replaced within four years. A characteristic feature of the heterogeneous appearance of Alte Neustadt is the coexistence of living and working. More than 3,500 employed people commute into the core area as well as to the neighbouring production sites. The university with more than 9,000 students at three locations also generates a lot of traffic. Other cultural institutions such as the Südbad, the Shakespeare Company and the "Modernes" venue generate more than 500,000 visitors a year. The major traffic axes of Langemarckstrasse, Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse and Westerstrasse are spatial barriers to urban development. In the quarter itself, there is an unstructured juxtaposition of asphalted streets and old cobblestones. Footpaths are occupied by parked cars and bicycles.

Bremen has not yet succeeded in significantly increasing the 25% share of cycling traffic, which is already high for a large city of more than 500,000 inhabitants. The Climate Protection and Energy Programme 2020 (CEP) is committed to targets that make it necessary to increase the proportion of cycling in the modal split to 30% or more. The City of Bremen has therefore decided to achieve this goal by setting up a bike model district (Fahrradmodellquartier). The Transport Development Plan 2025 (VEP), which adopts the objectives of the CEP, provides for a strong upgrading of the cycle path with a premium route network connected to the bike model district. With the Güldenhausquartier and the redesign of the Neustadtbahnhof, the inner city concept for 2025 envisages two key projects in the immediate vicinity of the model district. The measures in the model district thus form the core of improved accessibility between the city centre and the key projects from the city centre concept. The project "Fahrradmodellquartier (FMQ) Alte Neustadt" was initiated from the climate protection measures of the Bremen University of Applied Sciences.

The bike model district is carried out by the Senator for Environment, Construction and Transport (SUBV) of the City of Bremen and the Bremen University of Applied Sciences (HSB). The former acts as project coordinator. The project is mainly financed by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Due to Bremen's budgetary situation, 90% of the funding for the bike model district comes from the BMU, and the funding measure is part of the National Climate Initiative.

The measures consist primarily of construction measures. The majority of the neighbourhood streets have cobblestone pavements unsuitable for cyclists. These are to be replaced either completely or at least partially. In the middle of the road a paved lane will be built in in order to increase the comfort for cyclists on the one hand and to reduce the noise pollution for residents on the other hand. This will make it possible to create new, attractive connections not only within the neighbourhood but also across all neighbourhoods. The streets in the neighbourhood will all be converted into bicycle lanes to create a continuous "bicycle zone". The parking of cars will be newley organized to improve the infrastructure for walking and cycling.

The bicycle repair café located in the neighbourhood will be a highlight of the FMQ. The location is centrally located on the campus, directly on the cycle route that connects Bremen's old town with the new town. Here you can, among other things, have your bicycle repaired inexpensively and professionally, use a self-help workshop or the cargo bike rental system. E-bike charging stations will also be set up at the university's three locations. A rental bike system will be set up for students and employees - with a pilot character for the district and the entire city.

The project was developed in close cooperation with the ADFC, the BUND, the local tradesmen and the local advisory board. It was accompanied by public relations work from the very beginning, so there are always information stands at the various district festivals, a website and extensive information about the neighbourhood residents.

The main construction work started in the summer of 2018, and the project will be completed by mid-2019. Planning and implementation of similar projects in Bremen began as early as mid-2018. Together with the Bremen Home Foundation and the Senator for Environment, Construction and Transport, a project to improve the bicycle infrastructure based on the measures of the FMQ was started. The project is entitled "Fahrradquartier Ellener Hof".

The bike model quarter Alte Neustadt won the German Bicycle Award 2018 in the category "Infrastructure".


Governmental funds
2 680 000 €

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports the project with 90% funding through the National Climate Initiative (NKI): Climate Protection through Cycling. The project partners themselves bear the respective own contribution of 10%.



Project manager / parties involved

Project management: 

Senator für Umwelt, Bau und Verkehr, Hochschule Bremen

Project parties involved: 
  • Hochschule Bremen
  • ADFC

Project term

The project is estimated as on-going without a special end date: 
On-going since: 
March 2017
Completed on: 
October 2019

Public relation and documents


Ansprechpartner auf Projektebene: 
Freie Hansestadt Bremen
Der Senator für Umwelt, Bau und Verkehr
Referat 50/Nachhaltige Mobilität
Michael Glotz-Richter
Contrescarpe 72
28195 Bremen
Freie Hansestadt Bremen
Der Senator für Umwelt, Bau und Verkehr
Referat 50/Nachhaltige Mobilität
Lisa Tschink
Contrescarpe 72
28195 Bremen
Tel.: +49(0)421361-31077
Kommunale Ansprechpartner: 
Date (Text as of…)
8. January 2019
Lisa Tschink, Senator für Umwelt, Bau und Verkehr der freien Hansestadt Bremen
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