The world is currently crippled by the Corona virus. It is affecting everyone’s life in every possible way, influencing how people work, stay connected to each other, find time for leisure and many other aspects. It is also having an incredible impact on their mobility. Streets are deserted and many people are reluctant to use public transport and shared mobility systems. Positively, while the number of cars on our streets has plummeted, walking and cycling are being (re)discovered. We are seeing examples of this worldwide, including in Berlin, where people are increasingly getting back on their bicycles and discovering their neighbourhoods on foot.
The Berlin district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg was one of the first cities to implement temporary infrastructure to facilitate safer and more comfortable cycling in reaction to these changing mobility patterns. We are proud to have supported Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg in the development of these measures and were asked by the district to produce this guidebook (originally published in German). This guide provides a good foundation for planning safe, temporary infrastructure that can be implemented almost immediately in towns and cities that do not currently offer enough space for cyclists. It serves as inspiration to cities worldwide that want to do something, but don’t know how to start.
The chain is only as strong as its weakest link: bottlenecks and unsafe spots on cycle routes must be eliminated quickly so that everyone can cycle safely and comfortably and still maintain the required distance from one another.
We hope that the current (re)discovery of the bicycle will help re-establish it as a popular, healthy and space-efficient means of transport in the long term and contribute to more liveable, sustainable and dynamic cities!
With kind regards,
Johan Diepens, CEO Mobycon
View the guide HERE (German, French, Portuguese and Spanish versions also available)
If you have questions about the guide or how to implement some of the measures in your community, please contact Lennart Nout, Manager of International Strategy
‘Everyone is a mobilist; mobility is a basic need. I believe we should encourage people to be active, so a healthy lifestyle is part of our daily routine. Within the whole mobility system, we must remember that everyone has the right to come home!’
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