Initiative „Berlin car-free referendum“

the proposal

We want significantly less car traffic within the Berlin S-Bahn-Ring. The „Berlin car-free referendum“ ensures a healthy, safe and climate-friendly city with more space for everyone!

In these times of climate change and increasingly scarce space in cities, we need an effective and socially equitable transformation of transportation. In our view, politicians have not done enough - it’s time to get things moving ourselves.

Our aim is to reduce private car use to necessary trips only. To achieve this, we have drawn up the “Berlin Law for Road Use Based on the Common Good” (“Berliner Gesetz für gemeinwohlorientierte Straßennutzung“), on which all Berliners are to vote in a public referendum. The full text of the law and the explanatory memorandum are available for download here.

Team „Berlin car-free referendum“

about us

It is the year 2021, and cars – whether parked or driving – still dominate the Berlin cityscape. We want to change that!

We are a diverse group of private individuals who came together in autumn 2019 to form an initiative to organise the referendum on a voluntary basis and to draft a law. We are independent of associations or organisations, independent of state funding, and have no political party affiliation.

Our group consists of passionate cyclists as well as people who enjoy walking or using Berlin’s well-developed public transport system. Some of us have children who want to grow up in a liveable city in which it is also possible to play in the streets. Others have simply been frustrated for far too long by the unfairness on Berlin’s streets and a stagnating environmental policy. What we have in common is the goal of significantly reducing private car use in the Berlin city centre within the S-Bahn-Ring. And we have a plan how to get there!

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Your donation for a car-free Berlin city centre

Our initiative is based on voluntary work and is independent of political parties, companies or state subsidies. Posters, flyers and signature collection campaigns are only possible through the donations of private individuals like you.

With your support we are getting closer to a car-free Berlin city centre and can build up pressure despite a powerful car lobby and a slow senate! You are setting an example for a more liveable, climate-friendly and social city with better air, fewer accidents, less traffic noise and more freedom for everyone.

Thanks a lot for your support!

Please donate via:
Gemeingut in BürgerInnenhand (GiB) e. V.
IBAN: DE20 4306 0967 1124 2291 00
GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG
Verwendungszweck: „Berlin autofrei“ (must be specified!)

Alternatively, you can use the online donation form of GiB e. V., who manages the donations for us:


Please include the keyword „Berlin autofrei“ in the message text.

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