The demands and requirements on road space design, but also the space requirements of the individual means of transport are currently undergoing a significant change. After many years of focusing on motor vehicle traffic, there is an increasing demand for a new distribution of street space. All road users should be considered equally in the planning processes, but especially in the distribution of road space. Cycling and pedestrian traffic in particular demand fairness of space. A new arrangement and design of streets, curbsite and places is required. New services and mobility offers such as delivery services, pooled on-demand transport, electric scooters, but also the increasing proportion of cyclists require a redesign of public space. Due to climate change and climate protection, greening and shading at the roadside are also playing an increasingly important role. Trees and shrubs improve the microclimate, increase the quality of stay and the attractiveness of the public space. These different requirements compete for existing space.
In our research projects, we deal with the following questions: What kind of traffic space allocation makes sense? How do traffic flows change as a result of a modified spatial distribution? What are the consequences of redesigning the road space on traffic demand?