Cars out radically! SPD plans to ban parking in districts of Berlin | Regional

Berlin – No more parking on the streets. A neighborhood without any parked vehicles. In Berlin’s Mitte district, the SPD is pushing for a “car-free district”.

The Riksdag group will submit a motion on a parking ban for private cars and lorries in public spaces to tomorrow’s district assembly (BVV).

As part of a model project, it should be valid for at least twelve months. She recommends the Westphalian quarter of Moabit or the Scheunenviertel in Alt-Mitte.

Map / Map: The Westphalian quarter must be car-free - infographic

The project will be implemented in the same way as the parking-free neighborhood project Graefe, which has already been launched in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.

The purpose is “on the one hand the sharp reduction of motorized individual traffic in residential areas by delegating all public parking spaces and on the other hand a resident-friendly use and transformation of public space”, writes Mitte’s SPD parliamentary group leader. Dorothea Riedel (41) and Susanne Fischer (41) in the application. “The streets in the neighborhood should be designated as play streets.” Driving them should remain possible. Parking spaces for people with disabilities would be retained.

With the approval of the Greens, the majority is safe. A spokesman for the Senate for Environmental Protection said on request that the district could decide on this issue on its own. There is no right to parking. Nor for owners of paid resident vignettes.

► “From our point of view, this is a purely ideological measure with which the SPD wants to make a name for itself in Mitte”, was criticized Sebastian Pieper (43), Between CDU leaders. “There are people who are dependent on the car because they can not get to work with public transport in terms of space or time. They are being pushed out of the neighborhood. ”

► Also Bastian Roet (42), FDP leader in the district, says: “Many people can not do without a car: professionals with children, commuters, shift workers, the elderly. Not everyone works from home, has a daycare place around the corner and can cycle to the small shop in the neighborhood every day. ”

► And Left-wing leader Sven Diedrich (57) says: “Our group has more questions than answers about the SPD’s application.” Residents must be involved. For: “The experience of the failed pilot project in Friedrichstrasse should teach us a lesson.”

And that’s what the Berliners say about the plans

Nicolas Noglik (19, student) lives in Scheunenviertel (center):

Nicolas Noglik (19, student) lives in Scheunenviertel (center): “I do not like the idea. You could already see in Friedrichstrasse: the shops located in the low-traffic zone go down the drain. There is no point in wanting to expand this problem now. How should people get their jobs? Not everyone can afford a cargo bike “

Photo: Ralf Gunther

Melisa Daglar-Keul (25, PR manager) lives in Westfälisches Viertel (Moabit):

Melisa Daglar-Keul (25, PR manager) lives in Westfälisches Viertel (Moabit): “I do not feel disturbed by the parked cars. Where do all the cars go? There are not enough parking spaces in this area anyway. I have very difficult to remove even more parking spaces now. ”

Photo: Ralf Gunther

Greg Simpson (33, site manager) lives in Westfälisches Viertel (Moabit): “On the one hand, I think it's a bit of a shame that it is no longer allowed to park in the neighborhood because I have a car myself.  On the other hand, I am in favor, because the streets would be safer for children.

Greg Simpson (33, site manager) lives in Westfälisches Viertel (Moabit): “On the one hand, I think it’s a bit of a shame that it is no longer allowed to park in the neighborhood because I have a car myself. On the other hand, I am in favor, because the streets would be safer for children. “

Photo: Ralf Gunther

Mollyoroitoi Fioolonow (62, nurse) lives in Westfälisches Viertel (Moabit):

Mollyoroitoi Fioolonow (62, nurse) lives in Westfälisches Viertel (Moabit): “I do not think it is good – how should the neighborhood work completely without parking spaces? I have to drive my grandson to kindergarten and do not have time to walk to the car in fifteen minutes every day. I’m addicted to my car “

Photo: Ralf Gunther

Karim Rahali (41), operator of a café on Jagowstraße (Moabit):

Karim Rahali (41), operator of a café on Jagowstraße (Moabit): “I have two cars myself, but I only use them to shop at the café. In general, it would be an enrichment if there were no more cars driving on “This street, precisely because I could then expand the outdoor space of my café. I just wonder what happens to the expensive parking machines that are specially purchased.”

Photo: Ralf Gunther

Ewelina Bünger-Feil (35), communications consultant, lives in Mitte:

Ewelina Bünger-Feil (35), communications consultant, lives in Mitte: “I am explicitly in favor of a parking-free neighborhood. Many road users mainly drive through Gartenstrasse to avoid Torstrasse. Although they now have to drive slower due to the small heights on the road “Passing traffic is annoying. I only use car sharing offers myself and do not have my own car. In addition, the neighborhood is very good with public transport anyway and cars are therefore quite unnecessary.”

Photo: Ralf Gunther

Berlin is already car-free here or will be soon

Pedestrian zones have long been car-free in Berlin, for example in Wilmersdorfer Strasse (Charlottenburg), which is to be expanded at the request of residents, or in the old town of Spandau and in the Nikolaiviertel (center).

► The Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district in particular is pushing for the development of car-free zones, partly with financial support from the Senate, e.g. in Krautstrasse and Waldeyerstrasse, at Lausitzer Platz and in Danneckerstrasse.

► In Kreuzberg, not only Bergmannstrasse but the entire block will be calmed down. The project with the parking-free Graefe-Kiez introduced by the Greens and the SPD is currently being discussed in the Transport Committee.

► In Friedrichstrasse in Mitte (currently Fahrradstrasse), the Senate is cooperating with the district to strive for permanent traffic calming.

► In Schöneberg, Barbarossaplatz will be closed to through traffic. The same plans exist for Grolmanstrasse in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.

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