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Old February 5th, 2016, 08:12 PM   #8441
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The share of vehicle registered in Germany would be closer to 95% for passenger travel.
The KBA has pretty detailed statistics on that.

Relevant from KBA statistics file FZ13, registered as of January 1st 2015 in Germany:
  • 48,548,416 individual passenger-travel vehicles*:
    • 44,011,121 cars
    • 4,116,441 two-wheeled vehicles
    • 28,951 three-wheeled vehicles
    • 392,003 caravans
  • 5,167,125 commercial vehicles:
    • 2,176,613 light trucks of up to 3.5 tons GVW
    • 249,381 trucks of 3.5 to 7.5 tons GVW
    • 275,349 trucks of over 7.5 tons GVW
    • 188,481 semi-trailer truck tractors
    • 77,501 busses
    • 1,368,938 farm tractors
    • 553,730 other tractor units (not in above classes)
    • 277,132 other vehicles (not in above classes)

* may of course include vehicles commercially used for transport purposes.
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Old February 7th, 2016, 11:37 AM   #8442
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The KBA has pretty detailed statistics on that.

Relevant from KBA statistics file FZ13, registered as of January 1st 2015 in Germany:
  • 48,548,416 individual passenger-travel vehicles*:
    • 44,011,121 cars
    • 4,116,441 two-wheeled vehicles
    • 28,951 three-wheeled vehicles
    • 392,003 caravans
  • 5,167,125 commercial vehicles:
    • 2,176,613 light trucks of up to 3.5 tons GVW
    • 249,381 trucks of 3.5 to 7.5 tons GVW
    • 275,349 trucks of over 7.5 tons GVW
    • 188,481 semi-trailer truck tractors
    • 77,501 busses
    • 1,368,938 farm tractors
    • 553,730 other tractor units (not in above classes)
    • 277,132 other vehicles (not in above classes)

* may of course include vehicles commercially used for transport purposes.
So it's kinda like 1 car for every 2 persons in Germany

It's amazing that with these many number of cars, you rarely hear reports of massive traffic congestion and build-up.

The quality of road infrastructure and capacity is really that good
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Old February 7th, 2016, 11:51 AM   #8443
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Umm, there's *a lot* of congestion in Germany.
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Old February 7th, 2016, 11:51 AM   #8444
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The ADAC Staubilanz 2015 was published last week: https://www.adac.de/infotestrat/adac...lanz_2015.aspx.

It's reported that the total length of all traffic congestions in 2015 was 1.1 million km. It was only 960,000 km in 2014. The Traffic congestion duration increased from 285,000 hours in 2014 to 341,000 hours in 2015. According to the report, the most congested Autobahns are A3, A8 and A5. The ADAC (it's an automobile club) conclusion is that the Autobahn network reaches its capacity limit more often. The congestions are often caused by construction sites (Baustellen).

I don't like the ADAC stats though.
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Old February 7th, 2016, 12:09 PM   #8445
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Most of my drives in Germany are during the weekend, but I'm always amazed by the huge amount of traffic jams on Saturdays and Sundays. The Netherlands has very little congestion during the weekend, unless there's some major incident or road closure.
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Old February 7th, 2016, 12:30 PM   #8446
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ADAC reports that the most congested weekday was Friday with about 4,000km on average. The less congested weekdays were Saturday and Sunday with each 1,430km per day.

The most congested day in 2015 was Thursday before Easter (2nd April) with 8000km.
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Old February 7th, 2016, 02:39 PM   #8447
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With the above numbers the one i'm most surprised with is the 1.4 million farm tractors* - that's an average of 4.8 tractors per agricultural enterprise in Germany (or one per 10 hectares), and a rather obvious sign of industrialization in that field. Studies from the 80s assumed only half less than half that number would be needed for the same commercial structure.

* many of the "other vehicles" will also be farm-related, e.g. self-contained harvesters.
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Old February 8th, 2016, 02:20 PM   #8448
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The most congestions are caused by construction sites (Baustelle) and accidents. In North-Rhine-Westphalia if you hear traffic reports in the radio the first mention is always A1 Burscheid -> Cologne, I think it is even congested in the middle of the night. There is a huge construction site at the ontersection Leverkusen (A1×A3) and additionally all trucks must leave A1 there because the bridge over Rhine is limited to 3.5t. Of course the intersection was not designed to cover such an amount of heavy traffic diverting from A1 (westbound) to A3. And there is a large construction site on A3 between Cologne Mülheim and Leverkusen (widening works) which is in rush hours so congested that the end of the queue reaches A1.
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Old February 8th, 2016, 05:59 PM   #8449
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Besides the first 11 km, the A 64 is one of those motorways, which is an expressway.
Meanwhile on the B 52, a temporariness is 4.5 years long.


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Old February 13th, 2016, 09:29 PM   #8450
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The Eifel says goodbye.


The Rhineland of the 1960s. In these days - substandard, but picturesque.


Unfortunately - an incomplete video.
Fortunately - the infamous Elzer Berg downhill captured.
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Old February 16th, 2016, 12:25 PM   #8451
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Some photos between Travemünde and Hamburg, on B75, A226, A1, from may 2014.

Starting from Travemünde on B75:



B75 continues with A226, you have to turn right to remain on B75:



Already on A1:















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Old February 16th, 2016, 12:34 PM   #8452
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Works on the motorway:











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End of works:





















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Another area of works, near Hamburg:







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Old February 16th, 2016, 01:42 PM   #8455
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We exit the motorway here:



In Hamburg, on A255:



Veddeler bridge:





Kohlbrand bridge:





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One of very few rings, whose name appears on signposts.


Feels greater gaps between juctions. Hessian hills as well.
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Old February 19th, 2016, 01:45 AM   #8457
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Umm, there's *a lot* of congestion in Germany.
Not only that, but the infrastructure is also severely lacking in some places.

I took my wife and mother-in-law shopping to Berlin last summer, and we went to some outlet place on the west side of the Berliner Ring, next to the junction of the A10/B5. Got on the Berliner Ring to return to Wrocław, and... what the hell is this? No hard shoulder? Only two lanes? A lot of traffic? Err...

Likewise, the A100 in Berlin. They really should get the A100 built ASAP to Frankfurter Allee, but I don't expect to see it before 2030 at the very earliest. I doubt I'll ever see it, but the most sensible thing would be to get the A100 built to Michelangelostrasse. That would complete the ring and do a lot to relieve Berlin. Even with a bit of forward thinking, the A100 could extend to the B2 at least - building it onwards would be problematic, but it would at least provide a decent alternative for those in Prenzlauer Berg to get out.
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I really wonder why they didn't take advantage of the Wall removal to build a highway... they could have made a huge Hwy-401 style route through central Berlin no problem. Of course probably a more well-integrated road (typical urban motorway) would be better to stop blocking the city apart, but still, all the land was there...
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Old February 19th, 2016, 07:36 AM   #8459
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the last thing they wanted to do when ripping down a wall that seperated a city for 30 years was to put up a new barrier.
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Old February 19th, 2016, 10:18 AM   #8460
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I really wonder why they didn't take advantage of the Wall removal to build a highway... they could have made a huge Hwy-401 style route through central Berlin no problem. Of course probably a more well-integrated road (typical urban motorway) would be better to stop blocking the city apart, but still, all the land was there...
Apart from all the politial, etc. arguments, the reunification of Berlin had astronomical costs even without constructing a brand new highway in the middle of the city. Berlin has debts of approx. 60 bn €.
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