The Daimler-owned car2Go has broken the 100,000-user threshold in Hamburg. The company began offering free-floating car sharing in April 2011 and it’s share of the mobility mix has been growing steadily since then. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Mayor Olaf Scholz said: “car2go has done pioneering work in the past years. That’s why Hamburg is well ahead in terms of car sharing.” Alternative car sharing providers in Hamburg include DriveNow, Cambio, Starcar or Flinkster.
Young professionals and freelancers drive car2go
The typical car sharing customer is usually male, aged between 18 and 39 years, well-educated with a good net income and counts among the young professionals and freelancers, car2go has established. Asked about the future, Roland Keppler, CEO of car2go, said: “Car sharing will increase noticeably and will become a natural part of our mobility mix. In ten to 20 years, autonomous driving will play a greater role for which we are preparing. Mercedes Benz leads the way in terms of autonomous driving.”
Hamburg becoming a city of two-wheelers
At present, Hamburg’s mobility mix consists mainly of motorised individual traffic and sharing offers such as the roller provider, Jaano, and HVV’s bicycles. The municipal bike traffic strategy under the motto, “Hamburg is becoming a city of bicycles”, began in 2009 with StadRAD and has proven a huge success. Last year, the system had over 2.5 million rides and 300,000 registered customers. Up to 12,000 city bikes are rented daily in summer. At present, over 1,800 bikes are available at more than 190 rental stations in Hamburg.
Every fourth person rides a bicycle
During the 1970s, a slogan coined by ADAC, ran: “Free passage for free citizens” and has long since been applied to bicycles. By 2020, 14 cycle routes, 280 kilometres in length will have been completed and increasing cyclist’s share of road traffic to 25 per cent. Last October, Kirsten Pfaue was appointed to the specially-created position of bicycle coordinator. At the moment, talks about setting up more electronic bike counting stations are underway. The system worth EUR 30,000 uses induction loops, radar detectors and infrared sensors to count the number of passing cyclists. The hope is to glean information about daily traffic and to plan bike paths more efficiently.
HVV provides new train and bus
Plans for the new U5 underground line, Hamburg’s biggest building project over the next decades, are progressing at full speed. Construction of the 28-kilometre route is to begin in 2021 and the first fully-automatic trains could take to the tracks in 2026.
A new, big bus called CapaCity L is being tested on the streets of Hamburg. The vehicle is 21 metres in length and has space for 125 passengers. In August 2015, the Hamburger Hochbahn became the world’s first ever transport company to test the CapaCity L with a low-emission Euro 6 engine in real-time. Tests on the M5 to Niendorf heavy-traffic bus route, one of the busiest in western Europe, and on the airbus line E86 between Teufelsbrück und Altona are still underway. The aim is to test handling in curves and fuel consumption and to gauge passenger’s acceptance of the new busses.