THE BERLIN PEDELEC CORRIDOR, A NEW WAY TO ENFORCE WORKPLACE CYCLING IN BIG CITIES
Dr. Johannes Theissen, Team Red Deutschland GmbH, Axel Qunaz, Team Red Deutschland GmbH
The City of Berlin will improve cycle network to enforce workplace travel by bicycle. In Southwest Berlin just was started the development of a pedelec corridor to connect living areas with public transport hubs and industrial and office areas
In the southwest area of Berlin can be considered high air pollution and traffic congestion, coming from high density of commuters travelling from Potsdam region and southwest Berlin areas to the City centre. To change modal shift and to reduce air pollution the Senate of Berlin will install in this area a new kind of integrated Mobility Management combined with the improvement of cycling facilities, facing in the “Pedelec corridor”. Employers of several companies in this area are interested in Mobility Management solutions to change the mobility behavior of their employees. The City of Berlin has decided to install the pedelec corridor from the living areas to the workplaces. In this project there will be installed a fast cycle route by improving existing cycle paths or adding new parts to the designated route, improving and coordinating traffic lights with priority for cyclists, installing new cycle lanes and cycle infrastructure. At the Public Transport stations there will be installed mobility hubs to change from bicycle to PT including cycle boxes etc. In the first step of the project participating companies will get 120 electric bikes for free to be used by the employees. It is expected that 500 employees will test the e-bikes. On the other side the companies have to improve their cycle installations (cycle racks, parking space, showers etc.).
The “Pedelec corridor” is embedded in Mobility Management activities for companies, offices, public institutions etc., which will get mobility advisory to change the mobility behaviour of the employees and to change travel policies in the companies.
1.2 WHAT IS NEW?
A “Pedelec corridor” for e-bikes (pedelecs) in a big city like Berlin combined with improvement of infrastructure (bicycle points, optimization of traffic lights, improvement of cycle lanes) is a new approach to change modal shift and to reduce motorized traffic
1.3 WHAT IS TRANSFERABLE TO OTHER CITIES AND REGIONS?
Development of fast cycle lanes or “Pedelec corridors” can be done in every city and the can also combine cycling activities with mobility management activities to get the best results for the city and the interested companies.
1.4 WHAT ARE OUTCOMES AND CONCLUSIONS?
The project team has to overcome a lot of objectionists to promote successful cycling. The “Pedelec corridor” must be integrated in the cycling network and in public transport network to gain synergies and to improve connections and interchanges. It is necessary to integrate companies in the project to install mobility management measures alongside the corridor.
Association for European Transport