Bremen’s First Premium Route

When a cycling city like Bremen, with a cycling modal share of 25%, announces its flagship cycling infrastructure initiative of this parliament, you would expect at least some bold and innovative measures. The name of the flagship policy – Premium Routes – certainly trumpets the idea that these will be even better than the existing, substantial, cycling network. Continue reading Bremen’s First Premium Route

Einladung an alle Bremer Verkehrswende-Initiativen

As part of the annual European Week of Mobility, the association “autofreier StadTraum Bremen e.V.” are organising a range of events in the city.

The events attracting the broadest participation are likely to be the 12th ADFC Hochstraße Tour organized by the ADFC and the subsequent “Feast of Mobility” oin the Neustadt – both on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Continue reading Einladung an alle Bremer Verkehrswende-Initiativen

Park(ing) Day in Neustadt

Invitation:

Park(ing) Day in Bremer Neustadt, Buntentorsteinweg on 15 September 2017 from 14:00 – 17:00 hrs.

Help us convert a few on-street parking spaces to a green oasis or a living room. Come along for a snack of coffee and cake, for a game of chess, for discovering our street surroundings through our children, for sunbathing or in a rain shower, for home improvement, for playing Kubb, for hot political discussions and cool drinks. Continue reading Park(ing) Day in Neustadt

Creeping Parking Disease

We’ve got a short update on our story of the keycutter from Schwachhausen. As readers may recall, a key-cutting service on Wachmannstrasse was repeatedly parking its service vehicles right outside the shop, blocking the guiding system for visually-impaired tram users at the tram stop. At first the police didn’t recognise the problem, but when informed chose to do nothing. Continue reading Creeping Parking Disease

Bremen’s Parking Policy Battleground

Sielwall (left) 1980 and (right) 2017

Some cycling activists may be wondering why we’ve spent the last couple of months discussing the apparently boring subject of car parking. True enough, there are certainly sexier cycling themes to pursue in Bremen at the moment – the planned Cycling Quarter in the Neustadt, the Premium Route from Mahndorf to Bremen-Nord, that is under discussion, or the new cycling bridge over the Weser. But the place of parking in the traffic hierarchy can have a radical influence on the progress or otherwise of everyday cycling in Bremen. Continue reading Bremen’s Parking Policy Battleground

The Key Stone Cop Out

In Bremen-Schwachhausen, or to be precise, Wachmannstrasse, there is a key cutting shop. On most working days, you’ll see its yellow or white company car parked outside. Very normal, right? Well no. The car is actually parked at a tram stop, right on top of a guiding system where visually impaired people can orient themselves with their sticks on a ripple. In other words, it’s parked illegally.

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“The Law Is An Ass”, Said Alice.

The on-going local spat between citizen activists and the Bremen authorities in Neustadt took another twist last week, as the former tried their hand at legal parking, and the latter responded with the, umm, full weight of the law.

The Alice in Wonderland, parallel universe reality, reared its head in Biebricherstrasse, where last year the same group of citizens were punished for trying to calm local traffic. This time, they chose to park two cars legally by leaving them on the roadside, rather than on the pavement where all other cars illegally park.

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Reinhard Loske

Reinhard Loske interview from Moving Films on Vimeo.

Give cyclists clear advantages over cars“. That is probably the essence of ex-Bremen transport senator  Reinhard Loske’s  transport policy credo. Herr Loske, who is also a significant critic of endless economic growth,  will be back in Bremen next weekend to speak at the “Infrastructures of Happiness” congress, and expand on his ideas. Continue reading Reinhard Loske

Illegal parking – Unavoidable Evil or Misplaced Tolerance?

The explosion in private transport is a major problem for our cities. A growing number of cars are increasingly dominating our public space, pushing cyclists and pedestrians to the edge. Bremen is no different. However, unlike a number of other European cities, here the struggle for space is left to people on the ground, inevitably benefitting the strongest – car traffic.

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