The FGSV (Forschungsgesellschaft für Straßen- und Verkehrswesen, Road Transportation Research Association) is a scientific institution that drives innovation in the field of road transportation planning in Germany. The FGSV planning standards and guidelines provide a foundation of practical knowledge for transport planners in Germany. The “Directions for Transport Development Planning“ is available on the site below (currently in DE only, but an English version is coming soon):


Walking is often neglected in planning processes. In order to maintain high levels of walking, Berlin wants to make the pedestrian experience more attractive and safe. Read more on the Walking Strategy for Berlin here:


Particulate matter is responsible for serious health effects. Many cities in Germany have implemented environmental zones to reduce the emission of fine toxic particles from road vehicles. Environmental badges are obligatory for all motorised vehicles entering these zones, issued according to the vehicle’s emission standard. Find out more here:


Leinefelde is regarded as a model for urban renewal in shrinking cities in eastern Germany, as downsizing and demolition has gone hand in hand with investment in infrastructure and green spaces. Shrinkage is becoming part of a coherent overall concept for the stabilisation and improvement of residential areas.

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Did you know that in Germany:

  • German cities and regions are actively involving citizens in transport planning
  • Pavements and cycling paths have mandatory design standards

Cities for Mobility (Stuttgart 2016, tba)

10 Principles of Sustainable Urban Mobility (Prezi)

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