Germany-Hamburg: Car Free Housing in the Barmbek district

Project information

Index: 1307R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Energy and sustainable transport
Location GERMANY HAMBURG Hamburg Start/End date of the practice
Start: 1997
End: 2009

Topic of the practice

Land Use Planning and Mobility Management

Good Practice Information

At a former industrially used site, district Barmbek, in Hamburg, a housing estate has been established as housing without cars. The inhabitants use bikes, or the nearby public transport. The project was planned and established by the group of future residents and has individually owned houses as well as rented flats organized by a housing cooperative.
Construction costs were lower than

in similar building projects while the space normally used for cars could be used for bike garage, garden etc. the status of car-free housing is secured by regulations under private and public law. The residents are bound by tenancy and purchase contracts not to own or to use a car. If it is impossible to abandon the use of car, the user is required to get a special permission.

Evidence of success

The attitude of local residents changed towards sustainable modes of transportation and the increased adoption of public transportation, cycling and walking and reduced usage of private cars. This will reduce the CO2 emissions. Furthermore the land use planning interventions, by introducing the car-free zone and relevant measures are expected to improve the quality of life for citizens.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Michael Sallat

Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH 0/400 Organisation

Annex completed on: 08-01-2015

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