On June 14, 2018, the Berlin-Buch campus and the HELIOS Klinikum Berlin-Buch officially launched the model project CAMPUSbike in cooperation with the Leipzig start-up nextbike. Campus employees such as employees of the MDC now have 50 bikes at their disposal, which they can use to travel between Buch train station and their place of work. The use of these CAMPUSbikes is free for the first 30 minutes. A parking station with 40 bicycle racks is located in the park-and-ride parking lot at the train station. On the research and biotech campus, two stations for ten bicycles each have been set up opposite the Max Delbrück Communications Center. There is also space to park and rent 20 CAMPUSbikes at the entrance to the HELIOS Klinikum.
“CAMPUSbike enable employees to get to their place of work in a quick, healthy, and environmentally friendly way – which is only fitting for a medical hub like Buch,” said Klaus Mindrup, Member of the German Bundestag and its Committees on the Environment and Construction, in his speech. “I hope that mobility concepts like this will set an example here in the green northeast of Berlin and throughout the city.” Proof of the campus’s ability to motivate an above-average number of employees to cycle has been previously demonstrated in the Berlin-wide “Wer radelt am meisten?” (Who cycles the most?) competition. The Buch campus emerged the winners of the competition in 2016 – with a clear lead ahead of large institutions such as the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) and the Berliner Stadtreinigung (BSR).
Cycling highway planned in Buch
“A bicycle-friendly infrastructure plays a key role in Buch’s energy-efficiency concept, which it has been developing since the end of 2017. As part of the integrated urban development strategy for the district, funds have already been earmarked for the creation of a cycling highway between the station and the medical and research campus. This route will essentially follow the course of the former industrial railway and will provide comfortable and safe cycling conditions,” says Vollrad Kuhn, district council member responsible for urban development and citizen services in Pankow.
Other measures are also planned or in place to further promote environmentally friendly mobility. It is expected that from autumn 2018, the Fahrradhof bicycle repair shop in Buch will move into an on-campus workshop near the cafeteria. As of June 25th, it is now also possible to use an environmentally friendly hybrid car from the car-sharing provider Stadtmobil on the Buch campus. Unlike the CAMPUSbikes, however, these hybrid cars can also be used by residents.