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CDU leader Wegner proposes “expansion” of the Gendarmenmarkt

CDU leader Kai Wegner has proposed a compromise in the dispute over the car-free Friedrichstrasse. In his opinion, this concept is more appropriate.

Pedestrians and cyclists pass the roadway of Friedrichstraße.  The previous bicycle road will be open to traffic again as usual from Wednesday.

Pedestrians and cyclists pass the roadway of Friedrichstraße. The previous bicycle road will be open to traffic again as usual from Wednesday.dpa / Carsten Koall

In the dispute over a pedestrian zone in Friedrichstrasse, CDU leader Kai Wegner has spoken out in favor of a new approach in central Berlin. “My suggestion would be to enlarge the Gendarmenmarkt,” said Wegner in an interview with the “Tagesspiegel” (Friday). “Charlottenstrasse and Markgrafenstrasse could be used as a pedestrian zone on the section on the square. That would make this wonderful place even more livable.”

According to Wegner’s ideas, car and bicycle traffic could be diverted around the square. “Friedrichstrasse would be reopened to cars and one lane on Glinkastrasse would be completely closed to bicycle traffic,” he suggested. It is important to him that dealers and residents participate comprehensively.

Wagner: “This area is much more suitable for it”

“A pedestrian zone would also be conceivable at Hackescher Markt,” added Wegner. “This area is much more suitable for this than Friedrichstrasse. Of course, the same applies here: we have to involve the dealers.”

Traffic has been rolling again on a section of Friedrichstrasse near Gendarmenmarkt that has been car-free for more than two years since late Tuesday evening – at least for the time being. The Senate and the Mitte district office followed a decision by the administrative court, which had declared the blocking illegal.

Jarasch sticks to the car-free Friedrichstrasse

Environment and Mobility Senator Bettina Jarasch (Greens) is still sticking to her plans for a car-free promenade. To this end, Friedrichstrasse is to be permanently rededicated as a pedestrian zone. The process should be completed by the end of the year, when Jarasch wants to block the road again. Since last Monday, bicycle traffic has been running on the parallel Charlottenstraße, which is now designated as a bicycle street.

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