In summer and autumn, Friedrichstrasse could become car-free by the day. Considerations to this effect were confirmed in coalition and senate circles.
But nothing has been decided yet. At the moment it is more a matter of figuring out what a possible pilot experiment could look like. The discussion is about closing the shopping mile, which is often plagued by traffic jams, several times for a weekend or a little longer for car traffic to make space for events.
Car-free Friedrichstraße to cut air pollution
There are two reasons for closing Friedrichstraße to cars. On the one hand, trade could be boosted in the recently crisis-ridden shopping mile where luxury boutiques are just as much a part of the picture as empty shops. On the other hand it could be a step towards a car-free city and cleaner air. The traffic and environmental administration did not comment further on the considerations. A spokesperson merely confirmed that a meeting with trade representatives was scheduled for the end of May 2019.
Source: dpa, translation by DeepL.com, BerlinOnline
Last edited: Friday, 10. May 2019 13:10 Uhr