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Germany Introduces Dedicated Parking Spaces for E-Scooters and Cargo Bikes

The Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection in Germany has now issued a new set of rules and specifications for parking spaces for e-scooters and cargo bikes. [1]

The freshly released specifications for this new parking infrastructure are aiming to decrease the sidewalk clutter that especially e-scooters are often criticized for. By creating dedicated parking spaces for e-scooters with proper infrastructure, the hope is that riders will park the scooters after use in a way that doesn’t disturb pedestrians or blocks sidewalks in potentially hazardous ways. This initiative is a response to increased use of micromobility options and to solve the “issue of pavement protection” brought by the use of these vehicles on sidewalks according to authorities [2]. The new rules will be applicable on all roads with a maximum speed of 30 km/h, and will be open for regular bicycles as well. Another hope the authorities have with this introduction is that the public land needed to implement these new two-wheeler parking spaces will be taken from existing parking infrastructure currently dedicated to cars.

 

Personal comments

The measure taken on behalf of the German authorities regarding parking space, cluttering on sidewalks and general impact on public streets stemming from the aggressive introduction of e-scooters, can be seen as a reasonable middle-ground to keep the benefits of these new micromobility services while reigning in the negative impact they’ve brought with them so far. A common response from city and country authorities so far has been to either allow or ban e-scooters completely. Perhaps a well-functioning compromise can be reached by implementing new technical solutions in tandem with smart urban planning and continued dialogue between authorities and entrepreneurs?

 

Written by Darijan Jelica, RISE Viktoria.

 

Sources

1. 2019-11-08. Senatsverwaltung erlässt neue Regelpläne für das Parken von Lastenrädern und E-Tretrollern (In german).

2. 2019-08-15. Parking bans and restricted zones: How German cities plan to crack down on e-scooters.