The Berlin mobility lab Flaniermeile Friedrichstrasse

Exploring cooperation towards tomorrow’s cities

Keywords: Tomorrow’s Cities, cycling, citizen participation, road transport safety, Changing Cities e V.


In Berlin, measures that promote cycling and walking have moved up the political agenda and gained momentum over the last couple of years. This is in parts due to the strong involvement of civil society actors in designing, planning and implementing said measures. This article will use one of the measures planned in Berlin, as an example to illustrate the benefits and potential of cooperative planning and civic involvement in the design and implementation of drastic sustainable transport measures in cities. Cycling and walking are vital to achieving “Tomorrow’s Cities”, a vision developed by the German Environment Agency. Tomorrow’s City avoids unnecessary traffic. It is quiet, compact, green, climate-friendly and dominated by mixed-use developments. However, drastic measures changing the status quo are necessary to achieve this vision. This article argues that allowing for more civic participation and involvement and promoting experiments for sustainable mobility in public space help gain support for sustainable mobility in general, as well as the measures needed to achieve this goal. Flaniermeile Friedrichstraße, a mobility lab planned for 2020 at the heart of Berlin, serves as an interesting case of long- term civic involvement, cooperative public experiments translating an idea of sustainable mobility into temporary practice.


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Author Biographies

Stefan Lehmkühler, Changing Cities e.V.

He holds a Doctorate in Spatial Planning from the University of Dortmund. He works as Project and Program Lead, Consultant and Head of IT and Process Optimization. He joined the so called “Volksentscheid Fahrrad” in 2016 and coordinates the CC- Central Network as a volunteer.

Alena Büttner, German Environment Agency

She holds a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Berlin. As Scientific Advisor for Environment and Transport at the German Environment Agency her professional experience is on active modes of transport such as walking and cycling. Furthermore, her professional interests are focused on sustainable urban mobility.

Claudia Kiso, German Environment Agency

She holds a Master of Arts in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe as well as a Master of Science in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford. She currently works on urban mobility and transformation in the transport sector at the German Environment Agency and is the National Coordinator of EUROPEAN MOBILITYWEEK in Germany.

Marco Domenico Schaefer, German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt)

He is a Scientific Advisor for Environment and Transport at the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) located in Dessau-Rosslau, Germany. His professional experience is based on various roles in research, transport policy and transportation planning. His professional interests are focused on public transport, parking management, transport infrastructure funding, and ridesharing (i.e., carpooling and vanpooling).


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How to Cite
LehmkühlerS., BüttnerA., KisoC., & SchaeferM. (2020). The Berlin mobility lab Flaniermeile Friedrichstrasse. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 13(2), 125-148.