🏙 Is your city a 15 minute city?
🇩🇪 Deutsche Version (hier klicken)
Our map shows at a glance where in a city the stations of your everyday life can be reached on foot or by bike in 15 minutes.
What is a 15 minute city?
The concept of the 15-minute city originates from an urban planning context and describes a city in which all everyday routes are covered in less than 15 minutes. Sustainable means of transport are to be used: by foot, bike or via public transport. This requires an even distribution of the everyday stations across the entire city. Our map makes this distribution visible. More about the concept in this article.
How is the rating done?
The calculation method is very simple: Each colored square on the card is evaluated: How far away is the nearest supermarket, university, train station or doctor's office? Depending on the distance, the square is assigned a value with our calculation method. The distances for the method are chosen so the routes can be covered easily by foot or by bike - in other words, in a sustainable way. We evaluate 6 categories of everyday life. More on this below. A maximum of one point can be achieved in each category - a maximum of 6 points in total. A colored legend shows the overall rating of each square on the map.
Assume the train station is 10 minutes away by bike and there is a car sharing station within walking distance (less than 5 minutes). The square then receives full points in each of these two sub-categories. Bike sharing is more than 5 minutes away on foot and therefore does not earn any points. The bus stop is a 7 minute walk away and therefore only gives half the score. These values are added up and result in the evaluation for the "Mobility" category.
The data for the calculations derives from the OpenStreetMaps project and can be viewed, used and checked by everyone.
What this map can be used for?
Are you looking for a city to study or for a new apartment and can't decide on any part of the city? Or maybe you are researching the subject of 15 minute cities and urban mobility?
With our tool you can compare different cities and districts with each other and see where the most accessible areas of life are. However, the tool is also suitable for urban planning or company location selection.
For us, the evaluation is not about the perfect calculation of accessibility or the displacement of all cars. We would like to show where it is already possible today or could soon be possible to massively reduce car traffic and thus protect the climate and the environment without sacrificing quality of life.
Status of the project
Our tool is in an early beta stage. Nevertheless, we have decided to make it available now because the topics of sustainable mobility and open data are important to us. In the future we plan to make parts of the code open source. At the moment, however, we do not yet know in which direction we will develop the tool. If you have ideas, suggestions or criticism, we look forward to hearing from you! If you would like to receive our calculated score data for research purposes or for exploration, simply write us an email. You can find our contact details below.
We are Chris & Nils from Gießen, Germany. This project started as a hobby to improve the quality of open data and to enable a broader view of the data. We also sell the calculation tool to interested companies, researchers and municipalities. Just talk to us about this. We make these maps available for non-profit purposes in order to enable all interested parties to take a deeper look into the structure of their cities and to encourage them to improve the quality of open data.
The best way to reach us is via mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
What we rate:
Bus, tram and subway stops
Larger train stations
Bike sharing stations
Car sharing stations
Links & press
There are many other similar projects, some of which go much more in-depth. We therefore see our tool as a low-threshold entry point into the topic. For example, if you want to do a more in-depth analysis of a city, we recommend GOAT.