A report that has now been presented to the local council shows how things are going with the everyday cycle path network in Peiting.
The result is not surprising: there is still a lot to do for the community to make switching to bicycles more palatable for citizens.
- The report is almost 100 pages long, in which the experts from the Kaulen city and traffic planning office have summarized the current status of bicycle traffic in Peiting.
Together with Schongau and Altenstadt, the market town commissioned the investigation for the middle center Ammer-Lech-Land two years ago - in addition to the district, which is also known to be working on a network of everyday cycle paths.
In contrast to tourist routes, the everyday cycle path network is about getting to your destination quickly, safely and directly, said Matthias Reintjes from the traffic planning office when he presented the results to the Peitingen municipal council.
In order to find out which connections already meet these quality standards in Peiting and the neighboring communities and where improvements need to be made, the traffic planners scrutinized the existing traffic network last autumn.
Almost 60 percent of the examined bicycle routes in Peiting are unsecured
“We practically looked where cyclists would ride if there was a secure connection,” says Reintjes.
During their analysis, the experts came across the biggest problem: 58 percent of the routes determined are currently unsecured.
These are either roads where you can drive faster than 40 km / h and there is no separate cycle path, or paths that are closed to cyclists.
Only in three percent of the connections examined is there a cycle path at all, in two percent at least a protective strip on the road ensures a little safety.
Often, however, the width of the paths is a problem because they are not designed for bicycles with trailers or the size of cargo bikes, says Reintjes.
Around 61 percent of the cycle network consists of unsecured or impassable routes.
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After all: Twelve percent of the routes in Peiting lead through zones where only 30 km / h is allowed.
Because of the low speed difference between car and bicycle traffic, according to the experts, these routes are considered unproblematic for cyclists, the same applies to agricultural routes, which make up a good fifth of the connections examined.
With the latter, however, there is often no signage, said Reintjes, who had recorded the experts as well as the surface quality of the paths and existing obstacles.
Problem areas are the connection to Herzogsägmühle and the surrounding communities
As far as specific problem areas were concerned, Reintjes cited the connection from Herzogsägmühle to the main town and the connection to the neighboring communities as an example.
Wherever there is still a need for action, the transport planning office has put together a concept of measures, which, according to Reintjes, comes up with proposed solutions and an exact cost estimate.
The expert left no doubt that the implementation would be worthwhile for the community.
After all, cycling is an important pillar of the mobility transition, because almost half of all daily journeys are within a range of ten kilometers.
"The potential for cycling is huge."
The exact measures involved remained a secret at the meeting, as did the costs.
When asked by Tobias Eding (SPD), Mayor Peter Ostenrieder pointed out that the concept was in the town hall.
A total cost estimate will be submitted later, Ostrieder promised, who only had the numbers for the district ready.
The cost here is between 30 and 40 million euros.
"We will have to take at least two million euros into our hands," estimated Norbert Merk (CSU), who spoke of a "tremendous show of strength".
Therefore, it will not be possible to implement everything immediately, said Ostenrieder when asked about a specific schedule.
“The report is a basis for the next few years.” In order to decide which measures should be tackled, a working group was suggested in the committee, which the mayor's ears were open to.
"That certainly makes sense in that case."
The bicycle parking facilities were also examined
On behalf of the municipality, the experts from the traffic planning office examined and rated not only the cycle paths, but also the available parking space for bikes in Peiting.
The criteria were cleanliness, condition, theft protection of the parked bikes, user-friendliness and the equipment of the parking facilities.
According to the opinion of the auditors, the best performers were the wheel racks at the town hall, the worst being the rim holders embedded in the ground at the wave pool.
The facility there received a grade of 5 for its poor condition, as did the bike racks at the Schloßberghalle and at the Gumpen kindergarten.
The utilization of the total of 336 bicycle parking spaces was also checked at random.
Most of the parked bikes were found in the parking facility at Bahnhof Ost, where more than 50 percent of the available parking spaces were occupied.
However: At the time of the survey, the wave pool - a popular destination for cyclists on summer days - was already closed.
The examiners criticized the fact that there was no possibility to park bicycles at the Nord Bahnhof, as did the often used rim clamps, which no longer correspond to the state of the art.
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