Shaping the future of mobility in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf altogether

In the current legislative period, urban development policy directions for Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf are to be reoriented.
The municipal focus will, among other things, be on the improvement of urban living standards through innovative mobility concepts.

The symposium “Sustainable Urban Mobility Blueprints” attracted more than 70 experts for a district-wide cooperation in the clarification of the question:
“How can an improved mobility offer in the city create more quality of life for all residents?

One approach is the promotion of multimodal mobility while at the same time reducing motorized individual transport. To this end, the New Mobility Berlin project presented its needs-oriented approach on the Mierendorff-ISLAND and in the Klausenerplatz-Kiez.

"An essential component of the future development in the district and thus also in the city is characterized by the day-to-day mobility decision of the inhabitants."

- Oliver Schruoffeneger, city district councillor for urban development, construction and environment in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf of Berlin

"Only the constructive, dialog-oriented approach to urban mobility and quality of life can lead to future-oriented, needs-oriented solutions."

— Dr. Gabriele Wendorf (ZTG/TU Berlin)

Looking into the future

We do not know which mobility models will prevail and be accepted by citizens, but do see new potential and solutions emerging in international cities. Inner cities are reacting to the increasing lack of space and other side effects of the strongly increasing traffic volume, such as pollutant emissions or noise pollution. Some cities, for example, Singapore, Oslo (toll) or Copenhagen (car-free zones) succeed by setting the right framework conditions in minimizing these negative effects while still addressing the residents’ needs for mobility. Ultimately, the cities and municipalities themselves remain in control of adapting their mobility offerings in such a way that the quality of life in the city can be improved without significant limitation of mobility.

"There is a networked post-fossil mobility, more important than ever, real time experiments in which the transformation of transport can not only be tested but lived."

- Dr. Weert Canzler (Science Center Berlin for Social Research / WZB)

Perspectives for the district

The counting community agreement provides concrete steps for traffic in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. Within the framework of the current legislative period, noise and exhaust emissions are to be reduced and car sharing and e-mobility are to be promoted. Modern mobility for all and special consideration of cycling and pedestrian traffic are planned. Last but not least, the goal of sustainable mobility is to be supplemented by appropriate transport education for children and young people.

In order to achieve these goals, it is not enough merely to align the planning side with these objectives. With regard to mobility, this means: how attractive the citizens may consider one or other means of transport depends on their individual situations and on the perceived and respectively used range of alternatives.

"Citizens are experts in the situation on the ground, and we need to become more familiar with their expectations about the public space and transport offers in the neighbourhood."

- Oliver Schruoffeneger, city district councillor for urban development, construction and environment in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf of Berlin