Right of way for cyclists: There is a lot going on in Erding to promote the climate-friendly way of getting around. There are even subsidies for switchers. The transport infrastructure is also changing. © Peter Bauersachs
Cycling is on the rise. The cyclists reward this. How far has the traffic turnaround progressed in the district? An inventory.
Erding – For a year and a half, Erding has been officially considered a "bicycle-friendly municipality", and the corresponding working group has taken in the ducal city. The efforts are rewarded by the cyclists, as the bicycle climate test 2022 reveals. Erding scores there with a school grade of 3.8 and ranks 128th out of 447 places of comparable size. However, Dorfen, which was rated 4.1, has more catching up to do. In the ranking of places with less than 20,000 inhabitants, this means only 335th place out of 474.
128 cyclists took part in the ADFC climate test in Erding. The opening of one-way streets in the opposite direction for cyclists, the fact that winter road maintenance also takes place on the cycle paths and that the public order office consistently writes down illegal parkers on cycle paths were rated positively.
The insufficient possibility of taking bicycles on buses and trains, the lack of availability of public or rental bicycles and the insufficient width of cycle paths were rated negatively. Overall, Erding is slightly above the average of comparable places.
Dorfen was rated by 76 cyclists. The Isenstadt received good marks for winter road maintenance on cycle paths, which are also cleaned regularly. The parking facilities, for example at the train station, were also praised. But even in Dorfen, it doesn't really work out with the transport of bicycles in public transport, the rental is still in its infancy here, as in Erding. What's more, too many bikes are stolen in Dorfen. The city is slightly below the national average.
Christian Famira-Parcsetich from the urban development department in Erding's town hall has strongly promoted the concept of a bicycle-friendly municipality and reports in an interview with our newspaper that there are "four areas in which something can be done - infrastructure, service, information and public relations". The city's traffic concept, which was adopted in 2013, has brought improvements in all four areas. "We continue to regularly check whether individual measures from the concept can be combined with planned civil engineering measures," assures Famira, referring to the Erding-West construction area: "We make sure that the interests of cyclists are also taken into account."
For example, a new footpath and cycle path runs along Dachauer Straße, which is currently being asphalted. Famira also points to more and more roads on which a protective bike strip is being painted. Other building blocks include a 20 km/h speed limit in the city centre and the first bicycle street between the old town and the Volksfestplatz, where two-wheelers have priority.
Erding also promotes cycling directly – with subsidies of 25 to 30 percent for those who buy a cargo bike. According to Famira, the town hall has so far made a good 30,000 euros available for this.
Cycling is also more important in the district, even if district administrator Martin Bayerstorfer opposes so-called cycle superhighways. Compared to the expected use, they are too wide and therefore too space-intensive. The cross-community cycle path network is currently 62.5 kilometres long, reports Claudia Fiebrandt-Kirmeyer, spokeswoman for the district office.
This year, four cycle paths will be renovated - along the ED5 district road between Oberding and Notzing, on the ED18 between Unterhalham and St. Wolfgang, on the ED7 between Aufkirchen and the airport tangent east near Erding and on the ED20 from Bockhorn to Mauggen. In addition, according to Fiebrandt-Kirmeyer, in the course of the ED5 construction project – expansion of the bridges between the state road 2584/Erdinger Allee and the future Schwaigerloh S-Bahn stop – a footpath and cycle path will be built along the roadway between the Eichenstraße bus stop and the future Eschenallee in Schwaigerloh. The construction of the bridge has already begun, the construction of the route and the construction of the footpath and cycle path will follow.
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A few kilometres further on, a long-standing political issue in the cycle path network is currently being cleared away - the gap closure parallel to the ED14 Erding-Walpertskirchen district road between Indorf and Altenerding. Construction work on the 2.2-kilometer section has begun these days, according to the Freising State Building Authority. A section of the footpath and cycle path will be expanded as a service road in a width of three metres. According to the building authority, the work is expected to take three months and will be archaeologically accompanied by archaeological monuments. The measure is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure as part of the special "Urban and Rural Development" program – 75 percent.
So far, the realization had failed due to land issues. Despite the long-awaited start of construction, Erding is not completely satisfied. Mayor Max Götz does not think the solution of letting the cycle path end at the foot of the Indorfer Berg is a good one. He demands a safe crossing of the B388 – without further traffic lights.
All this is just the beginning. The transport committee of the district council is expected to deal with an application from the CSU in July. Their parliamentary group spokesman Thomas Bauer, himself an ambitious racing cyclist, applies for the creation of a cycle path concept – the approval of the district council is considered certain. The aim is to get the funding pots that are used to finance cycle paths along state and federal roads. But the CSU also wants to have the district roads examined again for additional cycle path potential. In addition, Bauer calls for all corresponding plans of the 26 district municipalities to be included in the concept. It is to extend over a period of 15 years.
The ADFC supports the referendum on the cycling decision, which is intended to force the Free State to expand the corresponding infrastructure. Surprisingly, Prime Minister Markus Söder announced his own bicycle turbo last week – probably to slow down the cycling decision shortly before the election in autumn. Ham