Berlin (dpa / bb) – Cyclists on Bergmannstraße in Berlin-Kreuzberg must continue to adhere to a speed limit of 10 kilometers per hour. This was decided by the Higher Administrative Court (OVG) Berlin-Brandenburg (case no.: OVG 1 S 53/22). This means that the speed limit for bicycles ordered by the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district office in July 2021 on Bergmannstraße between Nostitzstraße and Zossener Straße will apply for the time being. This was announced by the OVG on Friday. It dismissed a cyclist’s appeal against an earlier decision by the Berlin Administrative Court.
According to data from a report on “Berlin meeting zones” commissioned by the transport authority, pedestrian traffic on the street increased by an average of almost a fifth after the structural redesign. The number of cyclists has increased by two thirds and the number of people crossing the cycle path by 16 percent. The resulting mixture of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists justifies the assumption of a qualified danger, the judges argued. Against this background, the circumstances of the traffic accidents in the years 2018 to 2020 are no longer relevant.
A man who, according to his own statements, regularly crosses Bergmannstrasse by bicycle on the way between his work and his place of residence, took legal action against the speed limit. From his point of view, there is no danger in Bergmannstraße that justifies the speed limit.
At the end of July, the administrative court decided in summary proceedings that the speed limit of 10 kilometers per hour was right for safety reasons. The court pointed out that there had been a total of 14 bicycle accidents in the most well-known street in the Bergmannkiez between 2018 and 2020, with twelve minor and two serious injuries.
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