Germany-Hamburg: Car Free Housing in the Barmbek district
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
Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH 0/400 Organisation
Annex completed on: 08-01-2015