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.
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!