The Berlin Senate will publish the final report on the closure of Friedrichstrasse in April. This arises from the response of the Senate Transport Administration to a request from the FDP parliamentary group, which is available to the Tagesspiegel in advance.
The traffic administration had announced the final report last year for “early 2022”. The publication should not change anything in the plans of the commercial street. Already last October, the then Senator for Transport Regine Günther (Greens) announced that she wanted to keep Friedrichstrasse permanently closed. Part of the road will be permanently removed for private car traffic this spring.
The traffic administration and the district of Mitte had already reached a positive conclusion in the interim report. Passers-by rated the street blockade mostly positively. Four out of five respondents would have voted in favor of a permanent ban.
Furthermore, motor vehicle traffic on the closed Friedrichstrasse has decreased more than the increase in cars on the neighboring streets Glinkastrasse, Mauerstrasse and Charlottenstrasse. Traffic Senator Jarasch (Greens) recently stated that she also wanted to look into traffic calming on adjacent streets.
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The FDP evaluates the traffic test in Mitte differently. “The concept to block off Friedrichstrasse was poorly thought out from the start. A so-called pedestrian zone with a cycle path in the middle does not invite walking and shopping,” said transport politician Felix Reifschneider. Many of the shopkeepers would not have supported the project. In addition, a traffic concept for the necessary bypass of Friedrichstrasse.
“Pedestrian zones can be an asset for the city. To do this, they need to be coordinated with retailers and residents, attractive in terms of urban planning, integrated into a traffic concept and linked to a public space concept,” Reifschneider said.