Start of construction for Berlin’s longest bicycle street in Neukölln –

Berlin’s longest bicycle street to date is being built in the Neukölln district. After completion in 2024, it will run on Weserstraße for 2.5 kilometers parallel to Sonnenallee, as District Mayor Martin Hikel (SPD) announced on Monday at the groundbreaking ceremony. Cyclists can then use a 5.5-meter-wide paved lane between Kottbusser Damm and the Sonnenallee S-Bahn and U-Bahn station. Cars are then largely taboo there, but exceptions should apply to residents, delivery or rescue vehicles.

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Martin Hikel (SPD) looks into the camera.

The first construction phase between Pannierstrasse and Fuldastrasse should be ready by the end of this year, as Hikel added. As part of the 3.7 million euro construction project, the sidewalks will also be renewed and new trees will be planted in Weserstraße. “With the bicycle road we are making an important contribution to the traffic turnaround,” said Hikel.

Three years ago, the Berlin House of Representatives passed the first sections of a mobility law with a red-red-green majority in order to legally secure the traffic turnaround away from the car and, among other things, to accelerate the expansion of the cycling infrastructure. Cyclists and pedestrians as well as buses and trains now have priority over cars by law.

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The transport policy spokesman for the Green parliamentary group, Harald Moritz, referred to various new protected cycle paths and so-called pop-up cycle paths, which were initially provisional on roads in the Corona crisis and are now to remain in many cases. “Our promise: We’ll stay tuned – against all opposition from all other parties and from the car lobby,” said Moritz.

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| Updated: Monday, June 28, 2021 3:25 p.m.

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