Bergmannstraße to become car-free

Bergmannstraße to become car-free

The Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district wants to calm traffic in the Bergmannkiez. A 500-meter long section of Bergmannstrasse is to be closed to cars and motorcycles, the district authority announced on September 15, 2020.

  • Monika Herrmann© dpa
    Monika Herrmann (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), District mayor of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.
  • Auto fährt an «Parklet» vorbei© dpa
    Car passes a temporary meeting zone in Bergmannstraße (2018)
  • Auto steht auf Straßenmarkierung aus grünen Punkten© dpa
    A car stops on a spot with green dots on Bergmannstraße in Kreuzberg (2019)
  • Wackersteine in der Bergmannstraße© dpa
    Cinder blocks in Bergmannstraße: In tests, rocks were located near the crossing of Bergmannstraße/Zossener Straße (2019).
One-way streets and speed 20 zones will be established in the surrounding streets. "The supremacy of the car and the era of the car-friendly city are over," said District Mayor Monika Herrmann (Greens).

Pedestrian zone and two-lane cycle path

The Bergmannstraße between Nostitzstraße and Schleichermacherstraße is to be closed for cars and motorcycles. Delivery traffic between 6.00 and 11.00 am remains possible. The district office speaks of establishing a pedestrian zone, but there will also be a two-lane cycle path. "The Bergmannkiez will be our model project for the neighborhood of the future," they said. In 2018, benches and plants had been set up on the street for testing. Green dots were supposed to calm the traffic, but they caused ridicule.

Green spaces and water elements

The street in the nightlife district is now to be made "climate-resilient", as it was called - by combining green spaces and water elements, rainwater is to be filtered, temperature regulated and insects provided with a habitat. It is still open when the redesign will begin. Next week, the district parliament is to discuss the decision of the district authority.

Test in Mitte is already running

In a model test, a section of the Friedrichstraße in Mitte is currently also closed to cars. The reason given there is to attract more customers to the stores.


Bergmannstrasse is a multicultural boulevard with Wilhelminian charm. In Kreuzberg, the street is especially popular for the international stores, cafés and restaurants. more

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Wednesday, 16. September 2020 08:59 Uhr

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