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Friday 7, July

Senate announces plans for Berlin bike paths

After being met with plenty of controversy, the Berlin senate has finally clarified its plans for the city's future bike lanes.

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Friday 7, July

Senate announces plans for Berlin bike paths

After plenty of pushback, Berlin’s new traffic administration has finally made a decision on the plans for a number of new and existing cycle paths.

This update comes after an official letter from the transport authorities to the district offices stated that all planned cycling infrastructure would be “temporarily suspended”. According to a report by the Senate Transport Administration, it now looks like six of the 11 disputed cycle paths along main roads will actually be built as planned. According to rrb, the five remaining proposed bike paths will be cut.

Plans for bike paths in Lichtenberg, Neukölln and Tempelhof-Schoeneberg will all be stopped. In an attempt to make up for this, the traffic administration is planning to examine road safety for pedestrian traffic, as well as possible impairments for buses, trams and delivery vehicles in most of these areas.

On the brighter side, cyclists can look forward to new bike lanes through quite substantial parts of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Weserstraße, Innstraße and Sonnenallee in Neukölln, a number of streets in Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Tempelhof-Schoeneberg and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.

While the government’s announcement to suspend all planned bike infrastructure was met with fury, and an 8,000 cyclist-strong demo earlier this week, it’s still unclear how Berlin’s cycling community will react to this recent update.