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More safety on Weilheim's streets: the “Traffic” working group knows how it works


The members of the Agenda 21 working group “Transport” know their way around Weilheim's streets. And they think: the traffic could be safer. Time for a little tutoring.

The members of the Agenda 21 working group “Transport” know their way around Weilheim's streets.

And they think: the traffic could be safer.

Time for a little tutoring.


- Today we start a new series in our newspaper: It is called “Good to know” - and wants nothing less than to make living together in Weilheim a little safer and more pleasant.

For example in traffic.

The working group (AK) “Mobility and Transport” of Weilheim's Agenda 21 came up with the idea for the series and provides the first topics.

However, contributions from other agenda groups are also conceivable.

There are currently ten AKs, from “Young Life” to “Seniors”, from “Nature” to “One World”.

The AK “Verkehr” is the beginning.

About every three weeks he wants to focus on a topic that appears (or is missing) in the cityscape.

For example, he will explain what to watch out for in the bicycle streets that are becoming more and more common in Weilheim.

Or which special traffic rules sometimes apply in front of schools or kindergartens.

"We do not want to act instructive," says Kurt Dörr, who acted as AK spokesman for many years, "we only want to provide information, mainly about traffic signs and danger spots".

Focus: Neidhart shopping park

One such focal point for the active is, for example, the exit from the parking lots of the Neidhart shopping park: "Many cars drive out of here without paying attention to the stop sign," complains Dörr. And Uwe Scherf, who recently - together with Albert Schencking - took over the office of spokesperson for the "Verkehr" AK, adds: "There have already been serious traffic accidents."

The situation of cyclists in Weilheim is a big topic in the working group, which in 2020 already presented a sophisticated cycle path concept for the district town (we reported).

But it is far from the only topic.

It is no less about the pedestrians and generally about safer and better conditions for everyone involved.

For example, the AK recently applied for Tempo 30 to be introduced on part of Münchener Strasse and for the Upper City and Waisenhausstrasse to be rededicated from state roads to local roads - in the interests of traffic calming.

The city council's transport committee will discuss this next week.

Think of sidewalks and bike paths

Representatives of the AK “Verkehr” always take part in such meetings (albeit without voting rights). And opinions are also intervened in ongoing development plan procedures. Hans-Peter Siebel, who takes care of these procedures in the working group, has a constant pain: The city has to “be much more behind it from the start” when it comes to development plans, to implement or improve sidewalks and cycle paths, he complains. “Right from the start”, that means for Siebel, who once headed the Weilheim road construction department: “That must be the subject of the first conversation in the city construction department. Later it is usually too late. "

Incidentally, Siebel came to the “Mobility and Transport” working group years ago via “Weilheimer Tagblatt”.

Just when he retired in 2003, he read in the newspaper that the working group, which had only been founded a year earlier, was looking for fellow campaigners - and first asked whether his involvement in the leading positions in the authorities was even desired.

It was and has been ever since.

And Siebel is happy when the AK achieves “small improvements” in its hometown.

It is important to “propose things that are really sensible, not cloud cuckoo homes”.

Approach things constructively

Uwe Scherf joined the “Verkehr” working group much later - and was quickly enthusiastic about the team work there, from “so much specialist knowledge and commitment”.

His co-spokesman Albert Schencking, who has been volunteering in various positions since he was 20, sums up what makes this commitment so attractive: “It's just fun to get things moving in a constructive way and to help others. "

There is no better way to describe what the new Agenda series is about, which starts today in our newspaper - and of which hopefully many readers will say after every single episode: "Good to know!"

Source: merkur

All news articles on 2021-10-16

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