As part of a two-month experiment, the city of Bern has transformed a few parking spots into public meetup spots. The project is a symbolic move aimed at highlighting the need to reduce traffic downtown.
A total of seven parking spaces have been commandeered for the “Parklets”. They contain tables, modular benches and sun umbrellas. The spaces are meant to serve as communal zones for residents to meet and chat. The concept was first pioneered in San Francisco in 2010 and has five goals: Reimagine the potential of city streets, encourage non-motorised transport, enhance pedestrian safety, foster neigbourhood interaction, and support local business.
Bern is the first Swiss city to embrace the concept. No commercial activity is allowed in the Parklets.