City of Berlin prepares new mobility law to enhance status of low-carbon transport
Germany’s capital, Berlin, is set to introduce a new mobility law which aims to enhance the status of low-carbon means of transportation, Klaus Kurpjuweit reports in Der Tagesspiegel. The governing coalition of Social Democrats (SPD), Green Party and Left Party passed its law proposal in Berlin’s transport committee, ringing in “a new era” in Berlin’s transport sector, the city’s transport senator, Regine Günther, said. Cyclists, pedestrians and users of public transport systems “will take precedence for the first time ever”, Kurpjuweit says, adding that opposition parties are critical of the fact that changes will come at the expense of car drivers.
According to public broadcaster rbb, the law is supposed introduce separate cycling lanes on all major roads, prepare the reconstruction of dozens of accident-prone crossings every year, increase public transport coverage in the city’s outskirts, make all public buses emission-free by 2030 and introduce a joint ticket for shared bikes, cars, public trains and buses.
Read the Tagesspiegel article in German here and the rbb article in German here.
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