Getting Tempelhof-Schöneberg ready for the future with new mobility

By 2030 Berlin will likely have grown to a population size of 4 million people, bringing 130,000 additional vehicles/cars onto the roads. Already today Berlin is close to a traffic infarct and different innovative public space concepts should be used to compete with each other. A cooperation between Christiane Heiß from the local city council for citizen services, the office of ordnungsamt, the street and green amt and the project New Mobility Berlin work together in order to limit conflict and concern through innovative concepts of mobility.

Under the motto “Growing city – sinking quality of life?” about 100 mobility experts discussed on 15.02.2018 in the town hall of Schöneberg:

– What problems are there in the district regarding the space requirement of motorized private transport?
– Are there ideas and solutions how mobility services can improve life-quality in Berlin?
– Are the initiatives active to make the public space in Tempelhof-Schöneberg safer and better for all road users?

"The mobility turnaround in Berlin is in full swing – I support this because mobility as service creates many advantages for the city and its inhabitants!"

- Christiane Heiß, district council for traffic in the district Tempelhof-Schöneberg

"With the aim to relieve the inner-city streets of avoidable vehicles, we rely on the parking space management."

— Hartmut Reupke, Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection

Energetic at all levels

In order to set the course for a car-reduced future, participants demanded co-operation between the districts and the state level in relation to the mobility and liveable neighbourhoods. Whether cycling highways, improved public transport or widened parking space management – what is needed are constructive innovations which are practicable and supported by the people.

A sustainable improvement of the framework for mobility as a service (MaaS) was on the agenda, which had been crafted at a World Café. That more Berliners abolish their private vehicle and instead use the public transport, alternative cars, scooters or cargo-bikesharing, was a strong desire of the participants. The freed-up space in the neighbourhood could thus be rethought and redesigned by citizens and administration.

"The aim of the project NEUE MOBILITY BERLIN is to reduce the space requirement of stationary traffic and thus to increase the quality of life in the city!"

- Dr. Gabriele Wendorf, Center Technology and Society (TU Berlin)

Plausible parking space management

Often brought up in discussion was the parking space management, which has been successfully introduced in parts of the city. These allowed for more freedom in terms of planning, according to the plenary. More negotiable areas in the public space would allow for scaling up of e-mobility concepts and the associated and necessary charging infrastructure. Thanks to the efficient use of parking space the traffic of parking search, administrative offenses, and parking in the second lane could be reduced. Residents, businesses and trade benefit from better accessibility of free parking spots.

Need-oriented city

It was also noted that convenient consumer offers such as e-bikes / pedelecs, mobility apps and delivery services change the daily life of the urban population with high dynamics and dependence on ones’ own car decreases. How the public space can and must adapt to these and future usage scenarios should be negotiated in close cooperation between all stakeholders in Tempelhof-Schöneberg.

"It is important to have the requirements of the population in the city in mind."

- Hartmut Reupke, Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection