Kottbusser Damm

Kreuzberg to Add Bike Paths, Parking Fees

The bike-friendly government of Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain has applied to add bike paths to Kottbusser Damm and Zossenerstrasse and has agreed to introduce parking fees in the areas around Oberbaum City, according to the Tagesspiegel.

The new bike paths would reportedly stretch from Kottbusser Tor to Hermann Platz on Kottbusser Damm and from Gneisenaustrasse to Blücherstrasse on Zossener and must be approved by the Berlin Traffic Directorate, or Verkehrslenkung Berlin.

The paths would lead to the loss of parking spots, though delivery zones would be created to eliminate a common source of friction between illegally parked vehicles and cyclists, according to the paper. The German ADAC auto club warned against too quickly adding unnecessary bike paths.

Greens spokesperson Annika Gerold told the Tagesspiegel the plans were still in their infancy and could be modeled after the face-lift on Warschauer Strasse that created a bike path as well as parking spots.

The plans are also complicated by a special 30 km/h zone on Zossener Strasse that would have to be lifted for legal reasons for the construction and replaced with a simple 30 km/h limit (welcome to Germany!).

While the bike routes are still teething, the parking fees in Oberbaum City are fully mature and will begin July 1 between the Spree, Kynaststrasse, the train tracks and Warschauer Strasse from 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.


Photo thanks Onnola via Creative Commons.

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