Facts and figures - Mobility in the City - Berlin Traffic in Figures


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Noise is not just a nuisance – it can also damage health. Around 60 % of Berlin citizens feel harassed by road traffic noise alone. Moreover, continuous high exposure to traffic noise above 65 dB(A) during the day, or 55 dB(A) during the night, can increase the risk of cardio-vascular diseases. In Berlin, roughly 10 percent of the population are exposed to noise levels that are potentially damaging to health over a long period.

Traffic is the main cause of noise in Berlin. So-called "noise maps" systematically chart the most important sources of noise and show where countermeasures are needed particularly urgently. Noise-reduction measures were laid down in 2009 by the Berlin State Government in a noise action plan.

The first positive results have already been seen. Comparing 2009 to 2012 shows a drop in the number of people exposed to high road traffic noise levels of over 65 dB(A) to 244,400, down from 273,600.