Digital urban development of the future - Germany-wide survey for planning tool GOAT

Making urban and mobility planning sustainable and fit for the future? - Interested parties can now support this project by taking part in a survey. The nationwide online survey is part of the GOAT 3.0 research project, in which various partners, including the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), are working together on a web-based tool to help make cities and transportation more sustainable. GOAT 3.0 is funded by the Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport as part of the mFUND innovation initiative.

The aim of the survey is to further develop the interactive planning software GOAT, which was created in a previous project. The partners now want to develop new indicators and analysis methods, especially for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The personal attitudes and experiences of citizens in Germany will also serve as a basis for the further development of the software.

The ten-minute survey primarily includes questions on the accessibility of everyday destinations such as supermarkets, schools or green spaces. Also of interest is how the respondents rate the attractiveness of pedestrian and bicycle paths. Based on the information provided, the project team will improve the existing indicators for various regions in Germany and develop new ones. The main focus will be on indicators that reflect mobility close to home and the provision of public services. The results of the survey, together with other data, will be incorporated into the GOAT planning software. The tool is intended to support planning practice in the future in making areas more sustainable and liveable.

Interested parties can participate in the survey until 30 June 2022 at the following link: Vouchers for Deutsche Bahn will be raffled among all participants.

About GOAT 3.0
The project “GOAT 3.0 - Development of a digital accessibility instrument for a balanced spatial and urban planning” continues the work of the project GOAT 1.0. The aim is to develop the web-based planning tool GOAT (short for: Geo Open Accessibility Tool) for sustainable spatial and mobility planning. After a first version for the planning of pedestrian and bicycle traffic has already been developed within GOAT 1.0, the project team will now extend the open source software to motorized traffic, both public and individual, and add further functions. The software is being developed as a co-creative process in close cooperation with practitioners. In particular, the five project partners are supported by associated partners from the three pilot regions Rhine-Neckar, Munich and Upper Lusatia as well as the City of Bonn. The public will also be involved through workshops and district walks in the pilot regions as well as in a nationwide survey.
The project consortium includes the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, the Technical University of Munich (coordinator), the Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund GmbH, Plan4Better GmbH and Prof. Schaller UmweltConsult GmbH. GOAT 3.0 is funded by the Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) as part of the mFund innovation initiative.

More information on the project

Media release on the launch of the project

Scientific contact at IOER
Dr Robert Hecht, E-Mail:

About the mFUND of BMDV
Since 2016, the Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV, formerly BMVI) has been funding research and development projects related to digital data-based applications for Mobility 4.0 with a research initiative called mFUND. mFUND not only provides financial assistance but, with different event formats, it fosters networking between stakeholders from the political sphere, as well as the business and the research communities. It also promotes access to the mCLOUD data portal.
More information of mFund

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states.

FS Sachsen

This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.