No matter which area you work in: September is event month. And it’s no different for us. This week it’s all about the use of public space and a fair distribution for all, whether cars, bike or pedestrians…
After our day out as visitors in May, this weekend we took part in the Streetife Festival as an exhibitor for the first time. The Streetlife Festival began in 2000 as a „Car Free Day“ and has grown over the last 15 years to become (according to the organisers) „the biggest street festival in the galaxy“. The aim of the event however remains the same: to motivate people to lead a conscious lifestyle, to build a colourful city and work for a future that encourages change. The organisers hope to demonstrate with the event that we can design our cities together – one of the topics that we find particularly important.
And apparently so do many of the over 300,000 visitors at the weekend who were enjoying the 1,300 car-free meters between Odeonsplatz and Münchner Freiheit. We had many interesting conversations and were pleased to welcome lots of visitors to our stand. The best thing though was seeing the potential for a higher quality of life for all in the city centre. Whilst we were building our stand before the event started, there were joggers, bikers and kids playing up and down the huge space on Leopoldstraße. Some people were just out for a quiet walk. Others had decided to go by foot for a change from Odeonsplatz to the Englischer Garten, instead of getting the Ubahn two stops to Gieselstraße. The atmosphere on Leopoldstraße was amazing: relaxed, happy and friendly. Now we just have to wait 8 months until we can enjoy it again…
In case you didn’t manage to get past the music stages and cocktail stands and make it down to the Bike Mile at the weekend, there’s a second chance to meet us this week:
on Park(ing) Day.
This Friday is the worldwide Park(ing) Day event and DBike is also taking part. In cities from Columbia to Turkmenistan, citizens and businesses will be demonstrating their ideas for an alternative use of public space. Green City e.V. is coordinating the event for Munich and will be hoping to underline their message for a reduction in the number of parking spaces in the Bavarian capital.
By taking part in the event we want to reinforce the importance of a suitable and safe infrastructure for bikes in the city: not just for those people who privately prefer to travel by bike than by car, but also for a strong economy and to support Munich businesses in the city center. Particularly since it has recently been made more difficult to realise improvements to bike infrastructure.
You can find us on Friday between 3-7pm at Sendlinger Straße 27.
Last but not least… A slight deviation from the usual plan this month due to the Park(ing) Day events: For everyone who is around Gärtnerplatz a little earlier in the evening there is a pre-meeting point at 7:30pm there at the BikeKitchen “Park”. After making our presence known with a few rounds of the Platz it’s on to the Bavaria where it’s back to business as usual. Registration is not necessary but you can let everyone know you’ll be attending here.
7:30pm: Meeting point at Gärtnerplatz at the BikeKitchen stand
8:20pm: Arrival at the Bavaria
See you then