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Münster is the most liveable city world-wide!

Why Münster?

Living in an environmentally aware manner

German bicycle capital

Münster has developed many ideal solutions for bicycle traffic. These allow cylists e. g. to safely negotiate even busy junctions in their own lane.
(Source: Office for Urban Development, Urban Planning, Transport Planning, Münster City Council)

The city has developed an innovative concept for the city and environmentally-friendly management of traffic in cooperation with the transport services by means of the integrative "münster.mobil – Model city for city-friendly mobility" overall transport concept. It combines mobility consultation, mobility service and mobility management, whereby the transport offers ranging from the car to the train, bus and bicycle and extending to the pedestrian are supported comprehensively and in their entirety. And this integrated planning concept is successful: Approximately 60% of the people of Münster use environmentally sound means of transport, i.e. travel by train, bus, bicycle or walk. Münster is a forerunner in the area of cycling transport, the proportion of people using bicycles amounts to 35% of all those travelling in the city. Bicycles do not just characterise the cityscape but have also made Münster the bicycle capital of Germany; a fact, which is due in no small measure to the fact that the bicycle has been offensively promoted.

The Münster bike station in front of the main railway station provides parking for over 3500 bikes, including a washing facility and a bicycle repair shop.
(Source. Joachim Busch)

For decades exemplary and innovative solutions for bicycle transport have been developed in Münster, which in some cases have been taken account of in the national transport legislation. For example cyclists can ride in the opposite direction on one way streets, can also safely cross large crossroads thanks to their own traffic lights and "cycling lanes" and directly switch onto trains and buses at Bike-and-Ride stations. The bicycle infrastructure is impressive. 25 bicycle lanes, seven environmental lanes for bus and bike, nine bicycle roads, a city-wide bicycle signposting system and ultimately Germany’s largest underground bicycle park at the main station with 3,500 parking spaces.

Car, bike, bus and train - the people of Münster have become expert at combining the various means of transport. This was made possible by the construction of mobile stations.
(Source: Office for Urban Development, Urban Planning, Transport Planning, Münster City Council)

Travelling by bus and train is also an attractive option in Münster. Thus there are also six suburban train stations in addition to the main station as the main centre for regional and long distance traffic, two additional stations will be reactivated shortly. Bus transport has 33 bus lanes amongst other things accounting for an overall length of ten kilometres, phased traffic lights by means of the priority switching of traffic lights, modern bus stops with dynamic passenger information and bus-train and bus-bus connection points that are brought in line with the timetables, at its disposal

© Stadt Münster, 2006