The Berlin senate yesterday passed a new mobility law, aiming to make travel around the city safer for all. The law pays particular attention to cyclists and harmonising the coexistence of cars, bikes, buses and trains, making Berlin the first federal state to pass an all-inclusive mobility law such as this.
The law has two main goals: firstly, to encourage people to switch from using public transport to cycling, but also to make travelling around the city safer for everyone, irrespective of how they get from A to B.
It states that in the future, there should be a complete network of bike lanes on all major and minor roads and on main roads, bike lanes should be wide enough to allow one cyclist to safely overtake another, while being completely separated from car traffic. Additionally, 100,000 new parking spaces for bicycles are planned, with half being near U-Bahn, tram and S-Bahn stations.
The law also addresses dangerous intersections, stating that up to 30 accident hotspots should be redesigned every year.
This is obviously great news for cyclists in Berlin. You may have read our earlier feature on Berlin’s most dangerous roads to ride – hopefully all of these busy roads will within time become significantly safer to ride on. As anyone who cycles around the city knows, the cycling infrastructure on many of the city’s main roads is in dire need of an overhaul.
Well done to the Berlin senate for passing this law, and let’s hope they really stick to what they have proposed.
Read the official information on the Senate’s website here.