Within one generation, Bielefeld will change considerably. […] ReVeAL will allow us to turn around the wheel of history, moving away from an automotive generation to a mobile generation and switching from the "motorway" to the "multiway"

Gregor Moss Head of Department of Economic Affairs, Urban Planning and Mobility


Bielefeld is a city with a heterogeneous and polycentric settlement structure. With an area of 258 square kilometres and 340.000 inhabitants, it is the 18th most populated city in Germany and No. 8 in the federal state of North Rhine Westphalia. The city of Bielefeld is the economic centre of the region of East Westphalia-Lippe and one of the Urban Nodes in Europe.

In recent years there has been a trend towards re-urbanization: the city has grown by about 10,000 people since 2010, and forecasts for the future assume that it will grow by a further 6 percent by 2025. The city must therefore cope with growing housing development with increasing traffic flows, air pollution and noise. Thus, smart, integrated and innovative solutions are needed to promote a “healthy” growth.

Measure fields in practice 

Bielefeld has a keen interest to utilise the potentials of ICT and innovative technologies for a more sustainable transport system in line with its overall SUMP vision. It aspires to move towards a ZEZ / LEZ in its central Jahnplatz as a long-term goal: it plans to do so with a coordinated suite of measures, such as an access control system like barrier gates and modern camera technology, smartphone applications to grant special entrance rights to residents, freight and ambulances in real time or ICT components as complementary systems to support freight management. Bielefeld is also planning to integrate these activities with an upgrade of its dynamic parking guidance system and with new ITS applications for traffic signals enabling signal control systems to anticipate expected traffic flows.


Bielefeld in the spotlight: a successful example

The new pilot for descreasing vehicle access in the old town of Bielefeld has been receiving wide attention. “Bielefeld tests car-free old town area”: in many different versions, this sentence could be read in local and regional news on the city. The new pilot project, which is part of CIVITAS ReVeAL, has indeed drawn a lot of attention in the last few months, and especially over the May’s last weekend, as the city publicly announced its will to implement the temporary pilot in the old town. The project has started in June 2021 and will end in February 2022. During the test phase, and after, there will be comprehensive evaluation, including citizen surveys, to evaluate the impact of the new measures. During the test phase, no vehicles will be allowed to drive in significant parts of the old town and some streets will become one-way-streets. In addition, some parking spaces will be reallocated for bicycles and pedestrians or outdoor seating and greening. With these solutions, the city aims to reduce through-traffic, improve road safety, air quality and overall life quality in the area.   More (in German):

June 11, 2021

Bielefeld gets the UVAR going

In 2020, ReVeAL partner Bielefeld started involving different stakeholders through intensive consultation in order to proceed with its UVAR plans.

January 21, 2021