Articles | Volume 75, issue 2
Geogr. Helv., 75, 169–181, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-75-169-2020
Geogr. Helv., 75, 169–181, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-75-169-2020

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Standard article | 22 Jun 2020

Between ecological convictions and practical considerations – profiles and motivations of residents in car-free housing developments in Germany and Switzerland

Daniel Baehler and Patrick Rérat

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More and more initiatives are being taken to encourage a transition towards low-carbon mobility. One of these is car-free housing, where residents commit to living without a private car. A survey and interviews in nine car-free housing developments show an overrepresentation of families and people with a high level of education. Residents refer to practical reasons but also ecological awareness and social values in explaining their motivations and long-term commitment to living car-free.