The Mobility Revolution Urban Planners Herald End of Cars in Cities

With bad air, clogged streets and packed trains, Germany's major cities are suffocating on their own attractiveness. Now, thousands of e-scooters are also crowding bike lines. Long known as a car paradise, the country is experiencing a revolution. Is anyone noticing? By DER SPIEGEL Staff
E-scooters at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

E-scooters at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

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In 2018, the city of Berlin opened its first street bicycle path that is protected from neighboring drivers.

In 2018, the city of Berlin opened its first street bicycle path that is protected from neighboring drivers.

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A DHL employee uses a cargo bike to deliver packages in Berlin.

A DHL employee uses a cargo bike to deliver packages in Berlin.

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A subway station in Hamburg: "Public mobility isn't a business model. It's a social task."

A subway station in Hamburg: "Public mobility isn't a business model. It's a social task."

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A vehicle with Hamburg's MOIA group taxi service

A vehicle with Hamburg's MOIA group taxi service

Foto: Hauke-Christian Dittrich/ dpa
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