Homework for the city

The bicycle city of bamberg gains contours. Now the world heritage city was accepted as a member of the working group of bicycle-friendly municipalities in bavaria (AGFK bavaria) at a ceremony in the dachau castle.

The event also highlighted the importance and tradition of cycling in bamberg, according to a city press release. From the mid-1990s, the hierarchically structured cycling network was "systematically expanded" and cycling concerns are "consistently taken into account in all new planning" has been. Today, 30 percent of all trips made by the bamberg population are made by bicycle, and the figure for internal traffic is as high as 35 percent (as of 2015). Despite the efforts of the city’s leaders, a citizens’ movement formed in the fall of 2017 to call for a "bamberg wheel decision" to support this form of transport even more strongly. In january 2018, the city council adopted the goals of this citizens’ petition and thus agreed to further mabnahme on the bicycle traffic demand.

Accurate grading

Before bamberg officially becomes "bicycle-friendly the project still has to pass a demanding review process. AGFK membership gives rise to a variety of tasks. In addition to closing gaps, the cycling infrastructure must be adapted to the increased volume of cycling traffic. An important step in this direction is the parking space statute, which requires proof of bicycle parking spaces for all new buildings and changes of use (400 euros per bicycle parking space can be paid off).

"The title must be followed by action", now also the bamberger grunen demand in a press release on this topic. "There is still a lot to do", christian hader of the GAL board and petra friedrich of the GAL city council faction warn. Hader, co-initiator and representative of the "bamberg bike decision at a preparatory meeting of the AGFK commission, reminded of the demands of johannes ziegler of the bavarian state ministry for housing, construction and transport. According to the report, bamberg needs an "additional bicycle traffic representative in the city administration and the budget for cycling should be based on the recommendations of the national cycling plan (6 to 15 euros per year per inhabitant) and be transparently broken down. "The city of bamberg set itself the goal a few years ago of spending 5 euros per inhabitant per year on bicycle traffic and has not managed to do so in a single year so far", criticizes hader.

Winter service is also demanded

The AGFK protocol goes even further: the signposting of cycle paths is to be optimized, some barriers and bollards are to be checked by the city, faded pictograms are to be renewed. And another long-standing concern of the grunen is on the city’s homework list: the AGFK misses a winter maintenance plan for clearing the most important traffic routes. At the request of the grunen, the protocol will be discussed in the environmental senate