As the Kölner Stadtanzeiger reports, 30 percent of Cologne’s households do not have their own car. Instead, they use alternative forms of mobility such as bicycles, car sharing, public transport or rental bikes.
In the inner-city area, even 50 percent of households are doing without their own car. According to Stadtanzeiger, many people around the age of 30 are satisfied with having occasional access to a car. The motives are environmental awareness, lack of parking space and congested streets in Cologne.
For the city of Cologne, according to the Stadtanzeiger, this social trend offers a lot of potential to relieve the overcrowded public space of cars. In addition, the nitric oxide problem is also solved along the way. According to a survey, a car-sharing car is already replacing 18 private cars in some parts of Cologne.
Among the German cities with more than a million inhabitants, Cologne is the leader among car-sharing users with 1.15 car-sharing vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants. Of all German cities, Cologne occupies fourth place.
In the article of the Stadtanzeiger, however, some citizens also express criticism: in addition to promoting car sharing, bicycle traffic should also be strengthened. More and more cyclists are on the move, but the cycle paths are often desolate and too narrow. In the opinion of some citizens, the bicycle traffic concept that has been drawn up is also being implemented too slowly.
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