Co-creation is often described as a long-term process that enables all stakeholders and interest groups in the SUNRISE action neighbourhood to be heard. Thanks to the dedicated work of the SUNRISE organisers in Bremen, these voices were manifold. You can listen to these voices in the interview conducted by SUNRISE Bremen. Thus, this diversity of opinions was shown in a six-hour webinar, divided into an English and a German part. These two parts were recorded and are available below, together with the dedicated presentations from Bremen and the guest speakers.
4 years of SUNRISE: a lot of changes in Bremen
Hulsberg, a neighbourhood between the historic city centre of Bremen and the Weserstadion, home of the famous local football team. The problem: narrow streets, full with parked vehicles which hinder many essential workers, such as firefighters and emergency doctors to pass. Since many vehicles also partially parked on the pavements, parents with prams, or disabled citizens in wheelchairs, had problems to utilise the dedicated space for pedestrians.
The EU-funded SUNRISE project should change all of this by finding a solution to the parking challenge. Throughout the last four years, many dedicated people from the city of Bremen, in cooperation with volunteers, helped to alter this problematic situation. Solutions were found in a co-creative way, which offered a platform to all groups. Even the COVID-19 pandemic did not stop the efforts to restructure the street space. The result is a structured solution for the parking problem, which helped vulnerable citizens and essential workers to pass through the neighbourhood. Nevertheless, not everyone was glad about the restructuring, especially those who lost the privilege to park in front of their house.
Managing street space – a unique problem of Bremen?
The short answer is: no! The long answer was presented by cities from all over Germany and Europe throughout the webinar. Brussels, Munich, Cologne, Vienna and others face the similar issues. Whereas certain European cities already significantly increased prices for public parking and even introduced limiting measures like urban vehicle access regulations (UVARs), German cities are still considered as cheap for parking permits for local residents. Nevertheless, all presenters from Germany and across Europe agreed that increasing prices for parking permits cannot be the sole silver bullet. Long-term planning and restructuring of urban space need to go hand in hand with a restructuring of parking rules.
We invite you to watch the recordings of the webinar, which can be skipped to the preferred point via the chapter marks in the video description. Furthermore, all presentations are available via the links below.