I knew from my background reading that the SHARE-North project supported the development of ‘mobility points’ (mobil.punkte). These transport hubs are based in different neighborhoods throughout Bremen and Bergen and offer access to different types of sustainable and shared transport modes – including space for carshare vehicles. What I specifically wanted to understand was why both cities are so engaged in carsharing and how the mobility hubs and car sharing schemes work in practice.
I went to Bremen, put on my walking shoes and walked around the city center. I wanted to get a sense of the city and see for myself if there were any specific problems related to parking or congestion. Being a cycling city – with twice as many bikes as cars – Bremen does not suffer the same levels of congestion as some of its European counterparts. Nevertheless, the effects of increased car ownership per household and a general rise in car ownership was clear to see in the city.
There were cars parked everywhere and unfortunately often illegally on both sides of the road, blocking cycle paths and forcing cyclists onto the busy roads – and there were many cyclists.