Tempo 30 in towns and communities: the initiative is growing – and promptly receives criticism
Created: 05/01/2023 19:29
By: Felix Herz
Tempo 30 in cities and communities - more and more supporters are joining the initiative.
In 2023, the founders want to take a big step.
Augsburg - Tempo 50 in the city centers - that is too fast for many citizens and local politicians.
Augsburg therefore founded the “Cities worth living in” initiative together with other German cities such as Ulm, Freiburg, Leipzig and Hanover.
The aim is for municipalities to be able to decide for themselves where a speed limit of 30 km/h applies.
30 km/h in German cities and communities: the initiative is growing rapidly
The traffic regulations currently stipulate that a speed limit of 30 km/h can only be ordered in the event of a specific hazard or in front of social facilities such as kindergartens and schools.
The “Cities worth living in” initiative wants to change that.
In the meantime, more than 350 other cities, communities and districts have joined.
According to one employee of the project, one commune joins on average every working day.
Many cities and municipalities from Bavaria are now also part of the project, including Nuremberg, the Lower Bavarian municipality of Neuburg am Inn and Markt Parkstein from the Upper Palatinate.
Nationwide, for example, Bielefeld, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart are there.
In terms of party politics, the initiative now represents almost the entire spectrum – the Union parties are also well represented.
In 2023, citizens are also to become part of the project – the Federal Environment Agency advocates 30 km/h
The main goal of the initiative is to make 30 km/h the rule – and to lower or raise this limit in individual cases.
According to the initiative, there is “hardly any willingness to deal with our concerns seriously” at the Federal Ministry of Transport.
Therefore, the proponents of Project 2023 want to act more publicly in addition to the political work, to get more citizens on board.
An important date for this is the European Mobility Week in September.
It is to be used by communities, municipalities and cities to test speed limits of 30 km/h.
A Tempo 30 initiative co-founded by Augsburg is growing rapidly — and wants to get citizens on board in 2023.
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Only recently the Federal Environment Agency advocated a speed limit of 30 km/h.
A study has shown that this would result in “enormous noise reduction” for the population and would also reduce pollutants in the air.
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Not only supporters: ADAC Nordbayern sees the initiative "very critically"
ADAC Nordbayern was critical of the idea of introducing 30 km/h as the inner-city standard speed to the BR.
By introducing Tempo 30 in many residential areas, it was possible to divert traffic and bundle main traffic routes.
If the advantage of faster travel on the main roads disappeared, many drivers would use the shortest route again - and also cross residential areas again.
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The ADAC Nordbayern therefore sees the introduction of 30 km/h as “very critical”, according to the BR.
Rather, it is important to expand the alternatives to the car, to make them more worthwhile.
This includes the expansion of public transport.
Another problem with the Tempo 30 push is that all traffic lights in Bavaria have to be adapted – and you have neither the staff nor the time and money for this, explains Jürgen Hildebrandt, Head of the Traffic, Technology and Environment division at ADAC Nordbayern BR.
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