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SUPERBLOCKS

The aim of SUPERBLOCKS is to collaboratively develop concepts for traffic calming in urban neighborhoods with residents.

Daniel Obst, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

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Even though there is a desire in many German cities to make urban spaces more livable and climate-friendly, the reality still looks different: Heavy transit traffic, unattractive public spaces, as well as noise and air pollution shape the cityscape. The so-called Superblocks offer a proposal for the rapid and cost-effective transformation of our cities: Using diagonal barriers and one-way streets, transit traffic is to be banned from neighborhoods to create more space for people and green areas.

There are already numerous initiatives advocating for such traffic calming in their neighborhoods. However, the implementation often unnecessarily prolongs. In SUPERBLOCKS, the IKEM examines, through a legal analysis, how citizens can actively promote traffic calming in their neighborhoods, for example, through citizen initiatives and resident petitions.