Albrechtstraße: An old and comfy cycle street in Bremen
Bremen released a comprehensive transport plan in 2014: Verkehrsentwicklungsplan 2025. One of many aims is to improve cycling and cycling infrastructure. In Germany “Verkehrswende”, i.e. a fundamental change of the transport world, is a big issue. Accordingly you would think the Bremen transport plan, VEP 2025, takes this concept seriously. So why are cycle streets so feebly implemented? There are a number of theories. Here are 2 for starters.
Event with the Citizens‘ Initiatives “Biebricher Straße” and “Neustädter Verkehrswende”
Talk and Discussion about Urban Development with Dipl-Ing. Angelika Schlansky
Thursday, 2nd February 2017
Café Pour Pour, Lahnstrasse 16
Start: 8 p.m., free entrance
Angelika Schlansky – an experienced planner – will show how cities in Europe have changed since adopting climate-friendly policies. She will also talk about promoting walking, and the role this most natural way of moving forward can play.
Fahrradstraßen – Cycle Streets – are seen, alongside cycle lanes, cycle tracks, protective strips and more, as a tool to promote cycling. The basic concept – according to Germany’s road traffic regulations – is a road without motor traffic: Continue reading Cycle Streets: Do content and label match?→
Last month, on 24th November, the Office for Road Traffic (ASV) made public its plans for the conversion of Scharnhorststraße to a Cycle Street. The project, part of the city’sTraffic Development Plan (VEP) 2025, was presented to the meeting of the Advisory Council Schwachhausen on 24.11.2016.
The term “Model Bike Neighbourhood” (Fahrradmodellquartier) awakens fantasies and desires in me. It sounds like “city of the future” and rather cool. It sounds like a neighbourhood, in which everyone can move in the public space with the same right and without fear. People like to hang around outside and engage in conversation or participate in public life. Cargo bikes are being shared and walkways and spaces are free from parking cars. Nobody is run over by two-ton metal boxes, nobody is harked at or pushed aside. Air is pure – besides the Neustadt watermark of malt and liquid chocolate – and you can hear the birds singing. Cars play but a marginal role.
The second post in our series about Cycle Streets follows a team as they look more closely at some of Bremen’s former, current and future Cycle Streets. They found that, not only is car parking a dominant factor in driving their development, but there is also a forgotten victim – Bremen’s trees.
Cycle Streets are an important issue in Bremen. Over the coming weeks we’ll be publishing a short series of posts on the theme. The first comes from Gudrun Eickelberg, a Green politician and artist.
In recent years, Bremen’s status as a Cycling City has been officially articulated by setting up a number of so-called Fahrradstraßen – Cycle Streets. For example, Bremen’s Transport Development Plan 2025 states that “Cycle Streets (…) are to be established in the main cycle network and in roads with an important connection function and high cycling traffic”.
Berlin’s Volksentscheid Fahrrad initiative (VEF), launched in November 2015, has within a very short time kindled an unprecedented public debate about cycling. The “Radentscheid” has become a perennial favourite of the Berlin media (see Media Coverage) and is now recognised in Germany and even internationally. Reason enough for Bremenize to look at what has happened in Berlin since its formation, and what we can learn for ourselves. Should we consider a similar initiative in Bremen?