The goal of this sub-project is to investigate Berlin’s mobility transition as a transformation process and thereby contribute to a basic scientific understanding of the social dynamics of sustainable mobility. Furthermore, new possibilities to shape a sustainable transport system are being developed using inter- and transdisciplinary research methods. The results of this sub-project will adapt the lessons and experiences of the Berlin transformation process in order to support other cities in their mobility transition.

Will the mobility transition make room for more apartments? What will the city look like after the mobility transition? When you walk eyes-open through our car-centred cities, you quickly notice how much public space automobile infrastructure occupies: gas stations, car washes, garages, car dealerships and rentals, car parks, and recycling facilities. In his project, Alexander Czeh documents all these areas and investigates how many of them will still be needed after the mobility transition and whether some can be repurposed for living, climate adaptation measures, or urban agriculture.

In her doctoral thesis, Katharina Götting addresses social representations regarding cycling, cyclists, and cycling infrastructure as well as their relationship with acceptance and behaviour changes in response to new cycling infrastructure. A pre-post-survey will be conducted before and after the implementation of a new protected bike lane.

Every year, people die in traffic. Marlene Sattler’s research plan explores the media discourse on people killed in urban traffic in the wake of the law during the development of Berlin’s mobility law. Discourse coalitions are identified, examined in the context of significant events such as quiet demonstrations remembering killed cyclists, and analysed by means of the institutional work concept. institutional work analysiert.

Social issues are receiving increasing awareness in the debate around mobility behaviour, the necessity of a mobility transition, and adequate measures to reach this end. Thus, poverty and exclusion research have been linked to questions of transport (cf. Schwedes & Rammler 2018; Manderscheid 2014) and the concept of environmental justice has been introduced to mobility research (cf. Sheller 2014, 2020). Nonetheless, the social dimension of sustainability plays only a minor role in the transport sector as is the case with many other areas relevant to sustainability.

Photo: Bauer (2020)

This sub-project experimentally examines how to improve the environmental quality of cities, create public spaces for residents, and enable healthy forms of mobility. In a real-world experiment, an intersection in the Berlin district of Charlottenburg is temporarily turned into a public square for the neighbourhood. Additionally, the transdisciplinary process of introducing a pedestrian zone in the district of Kreuzberg is analysed.