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Aachen (Germany)

The city of Aachen with its 248,000 inhabitants is a historic location where 32 emperors were crowned at different points in history. It is the westernmost city of Germany, located in North Rhine-Westphalia, close to the borders of Belgium and the Netherlands. The city has four universities, making it a young and dynamic and metropolis.

Aachen has been involved in the promotion of sustainable energy and transport for decades. It has a long tradition in sustainable urban mobility planning and has been appointed as a German model region in both mobility management and electromobility. The city was one of the first in Germany to develop a traffic development plan or 'Verkehrsentwicklungsplan' (VEP) in 1995. The local government adopted the “Vision mobility 2050” which contains visions for electromobility. In relation to the population, the number of 424 cars per 1000 inhabitants is one of the lowest in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Aachen is very active in reducing car traffic by promoting carpooling and car sharing. However, due to a hilly landscape, Aachen is not as popular as in the nearby Netherlands. Nevertheless, the city has undertaken many efforts in the last decades to enhance the conditions for cycling.

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