RWTH Mobility 2025


Status quo

The 45,000 students and over 8000 employees of the RWTH generate a substantial traffic volume in the city of Aachen. This consists of trips to the university as well as trips between different university campuses. In this project, RWTH wants to improve the sustainability of this traffic, e. g. by shifting to ecomobility modes.



The project focusses on a sustainable mobility of the RWTH employees. Keeping in mind digitalization, establishment of sharing services and electric mobility, the project analyses which measures could foster this goal.


Project content and structure

The project is divided into different topics which include the collection of the current mobility framework as well as the development and implementation of measures.

  Copyright: © Boßhammer, 2016

Survey of employees and students of the RWTH Aachen University regarding their mobility behavior

The survey of the mobility behavior focusses both on trips to the university and internal trips. The mobility behavior of the students will be collected along with the employees as it is not possible to separate certain aspects, e. g. the demand of both groups for shared bicycle parking.

An additional survey part analyses the preferences of cyclists for bicycle parking, e. g. the distance between parking place and destination or the willingness to pay for higher levels of security against bicycle theft.

  Process of the identification of charging infrastructure sites for electric vehicles (own diagram 2020) Copyright: © ISB, 2020

Charging infrastructure for electric motor vehicles

The ISB identifies potential sites for charging infrastructure for electric motor vehicles by combining two approaches. The first approach estimates the current demand based on the existing private and company owned electric cars. In the second approach, the demand for charging infrastructure on the campus is forecasted using the prognosed future market of electric mobility.

Based on the demand, suitable locations for charging infrastructure on the campus are identified by also taking into consideration the feasibility aspects e.g. the power supply.

Cycle parking

The ISB collects the existing count of cycle parking racks and analyses their occupancy rate. By combining the results of the mobility survey and the existing bicycle parking supply, the ISB plans to conceive a concept for the development of cycle parking infrastructure at the campus. The concept focusses on charging infrastructure for pedelecs and on solutions for the protection of expensive bicycles e. g. bicycle parking garages.

Internal mobility

With the aim of making the internal mobility sustainable, implementation of the movA-app for RWTH employees is planned to enable simple booking of external transport modes for them. In addition, the ISB identifies existing gaps in the accessibility of vehicle sharing services. Furthermore, the project analyses the implementation of shuttle buses and of company bicycle leasing at the RWTH Aachen University.



RWTH Aachen University


Project duration

06.2020 - 05.2021



David Kohlrautz, M.Sc.
Marcel Porschen, M.Sc.
Prof. Dr. Tobias Kuhnimhof