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Berlin 2010 Traffic Safety Programme:
Making Berlin Safely Mobile (Update 2007)

Environment and Mobility – Berlin's Project of an Environmental Zone

Transport statistics for Berlin (english)

Berliner Verkehr in Zahlen (Deutsche)


Berlin 2010 Traffic Safety Programme:
Making Berlin Safely Mobile (Update 2007)

The Berlin traffic safety programme has the ambitious goal of reducing the number of serious accident injuries and traffic deaths by 30% between 2004 and 2010.
60% of Berlin's 2007 traffic fatalities were cyclists and pedestrians. Over 39% of the fatalities were senior citizens.

Measures already taken for these "problematic groups" of young adults, senior citizens, pedestrians and cyclists need therefore to be further strengthened.
Based on the updated interim result the traffic safety programme is being revised. The 12 concrete measures show a consistent further development of current activities and reflect the current stage of proceedings.



Environment and Mobility – Berlin's Project of an Environmental Zone

From 1st January 2008, Berlin will establish an environmental zone for the inner city. It will cover the whole area of 90 sqkm located within the urban railway ring (S-Bahn).

The Berlin environmental zone is part of an integrated policy for urban development, transport and environment. It is part of a package of measures aimed at

  • lowering motorised traffic above all within the inner city of Berlin by 2015 by an amount of around 20 %, and
  • decreasing emissions at the source, at vehicles, to a degree sufficient enough to enable standard values applicable to air pollutants and noise pollution to be observed in the time ahead.

The scheme provides for a lasting ban on high-emission vehicles to enter the whole zone located within the inner urban railway ring (S-Bahn). The purpose is to provide an incentive to replace high-emission cars more rapidly by new environmentally friendly ones. The environmental zone is designed to decrease emissions in the short and medium term. The initial phase as from 2008 is primarily directed at reducing PM 10 emissions. In Berlin, a total of 90,000 cars are affected by this plan, amongst them around 29,000 lorries and another 27,000 diesels.

Umwelt Zone

Similarly, the second phase as of 2010 aims at decreasing NO2  emissions, since standard values will become effective as of 2010. In addition, approximately another 34,000 cars will fall under this scheme.

The potential for a decrease of PM in motorised traffic that can only be achieved by establishing an environmental zone is at around 10 % by excluding these cars from traffic. Air pollution can thus be brought below the standard value for around 10,000 inhabitants on roads with heavy traffic. The effect of a decrease in pollution will be twice as high when additional measures will be carried out to reduce motorised traffic. With regard to NO2  emissions, the potential for decrease is estimated at below 10 %, since improvements in European exhaust emission standards fell short of expectations.

Within the context of ongoing consultations for the “Green Paper” of the EU Commission and to decrease further emissions, a Berlin initiative is aiming at a wider approach that combines the former Euro 5 and 6 standards with the support of refitting and incentives related to fuels. It is not sufficient to prescribe ambitious standards for local authorities. If cities in Europe intend to succeed in their efforts for clean air and less noise there is need to assist them through stronger action and determined policy at the European level. Policy-makers must help to ensure that full use is made of technologies available to decrease emissions at their source.


Senate Department for Urban Development

Berlin Airport