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▷ Successful interim assessment of the 244 municipal applications from Deutsche Umwelthilfe: …

21.04.2021 – 09:00

Deutsche Umwelthilfe eV

Berlin (ots)

-  In den letzten Wochen haben Hamburg, Münster, Flensburg und Solingen neue Pop-up-Radwege beschlossen oder eingerichtet 
-  München und Berlin beginnen, ihre im vergangenen Jahr eingerichteten Pop-up-Radwege in dauerhafte Radwege umzuwandeln 
-  Bürgerinnen und Bürger können unter www.duh.de/pop-up-radwege-jetzt Anträge stellen zur Umwandlung konkreter Straßenabschnitte in ihrer Heimatstadt  

The German Environmental Aid (DUH) welcomes the fact that more and more cities are introducing new pop-up cycle paths as part of the DUH campaign “Pop-up cycle paths now!” set up. In the past few weeks, the DUH has contacted 244 cities and municipalities and requested the establishment of new cycle paths at short notice. While many cities are still discussing the applications in the relevant committees and administration, Hamburg, Münster, Flensburg and Solingen were the first cities to arrange or implement new pop-up cycle paths. In Berlin and Munich, the previously temporary cycle paths will be converted into permanent tracks. A total of 169 cities have so far responded to the DUH application.

Jürgen Resch, Federal Managing Director of the DUH: “We are pleased that the pop-up cycle paths tried and tested last year are establishing themselves as the new standard for the innovative and rapid implementation of the traffic turnaround. For years, cycle traffic plans have been gathering dust in the drawers of local administrations. By now at the latest in the second spring of the pandemic, it is time With our legal opinion, we show that it is possible to convert car lanes into protected cycle paths or side streets into cycle roads within a few weeks and to improve traffic safety and air quality in urban areas at a speed of 30. While many cities claim that this is not possible or useful , more and more cities are moving ahead and are proving that real improvements for cycling and walking can be achieved with little effort and in a short period of time. The time for excuses is over. “

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Although more and more cities are becoming active, many of the administrations contacted by the DUH are still reluctant to make these short-term and easily implementable improvements. Cologne stands out particularly negatively, which repeatedly takes last place among the major cities in the bicycle climate test and yet sees no need for short-term improvements for bicycle traffic. But even many medium-sized cities have still not understood that they finally have to give bicycles more protected space. The DUH therefore calls on all citizens to participate in the “Pop-up Cycle Paths Now!” Send suggestions for cycle paths or speed reductions to your local authority at www.duh.de/pop-up-radwege-jetzt. With the support of an online tool from the DUH, citizens can name specific streets for their city administrations on which pop-up cycle paths, cycle streets and Tempo 30 are urgently needed.

Jürgen Resch on this: “We rely on the expertise of local citizens. With the suggestions for specific road sections, they can make a difference in their hometown. We support people via an online tool with our formal applications and a legal opinion.”

Background:

So far, it has taken up to ten years from the first planning to the actual establishment of new cycle paths. Since last year, the DUH has been campaigning for the possibility of pop-up cycle paths that can be implemented at short notice. Claims that pop-up cycle paths are not feasible from a legal point of view have been refuted by the DUH in a legal opinion. The report by the Berlin law firm Geulen & Klinger confirms that pop-up measures are also permissible regardless of considerations relating to protection against infection.

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In Brussels, Paris, Madrid or cities such as Budapest and Tirana in Albania, uncomplicated, protected bike paths were created on car lanes during the corona pandemic. In London, 100 kilometers of new bicycle lanes have been set up since the pandemic began, which has tripled bicycle traffic. In the whole of Germany it was only about 40 kilometers last year.

Of the 244 cities in which the DUH has submitted applications, 169 have already reported directly to the DUH.

 - Baden-Württemberg: Aalen, Backnang, Baden-Baden, Bühl, Esslingen am Neckar, Freiburg, Friedrichshafen, Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Karlsruhe, Konstanz, Lindau (Bodensee), Lörrach, Ludwigsburg, Mannheim, Marbach am Neckar, Metzingen, Offenburg, Ostfildern, Pforzheim, Radolfzell am Bodensee, Ravensburg, Reutlingen, Schwäbisch Hall, Stuttgart, Tübingen, Überlingen, Ulm, Villingen-Schwenningen, Weil am Rhein, Weinheim 
 - Bayern: Amberg, Ansbach, Aschaffenburg, Augsburg, Bamberg, Bayreuth, Coburg, Deggendorf, Erlangen, Fürth, Freising, Haar, Hersbruck, Hof, Ingolstadt, Kaufbeuren, Kempten (Allgäu), Kulmbach, Landshut, Memmingen, München, Neuburg an der Donau, Neutraubling, Neu-Ulm, Nürnberg, Olching, Passau, Pfaffenhofen a. d. Ilm, Poing, Regensburg, Rosenheim, Röthenbach a.d. Pegnitz, Schwabach, Schweinfurt, Straubing, Traunstein, Vaterstetten, Weiden i.d. Opf., Weilheim, Weßling, Wolnzach, Wolfratshausen, Wörthsee, Würzburg, Zorneding 
 - Berlin
 - Brandenburg: Brandenburg an der Havel, Cottbus, Eichwalde, Frankfurt (Oder), Oranienburg, Potsdam 
 - Bremen: Bremen, Bremerhaven 
 - Hamburg
 - Hessen: Alsfeld, Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe, Bad Hersfeld, Bad Vilbel, Bensheim, Brachttal, Darmstadt, Dietzenbach, Frankfurt am Main, Fulda, Gießen, Kassel, Limburg a. d. Lahn, Marburg, Mörfelden-Walldorf, Oberursel (Taunus), Offenbach, Rodgau, Rüsselsheim am Main, Wiesbaden 
 - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: Greifswald, Ludwigslust, Neubrandenburg, Rostock, Schwerin, Stralsund, Wismar 
 - Niedersachsen: Braunschweig, Celle, Cuxhaven, Delmenhorst, Emden, Göttingen, Hannover, Hildesheim, Lüneburg, Norden, Oldenburg, Osnabrück, Rotenburg (Wümme), Salzgitter, Stade, Wilhelmshaven, Wolfsburg 
 - Nordrhein-Westfalen: Aachen, Bielefeld, Bad Honnef, Bergisch Gladbach, Bochum, Bonn, Bottrop, Datteln, Detmold, Dortmund, Drensteinfurt, Duisburg, Düren, Kreis Düren, Düsseldorf, Engelskirchen, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Gladbeck, Gronau, Gütersloh, Hagen, Hamm, Hattingen, Hemer, Hennef, Herford, Herne, Herzogenrath, Hilden, Horstmar, Kamen, Kempen, Kleve, Köln, Krefeld, Lemgo, Leverkusen, Lippstadt, Lüdenscheid, Lünen, Marl, Moers, Mönchengladbach, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Münster, Neukirchen-Vluyn, Neuss, Oberhausen, Paderborn, Ratingen, Recklinghausen, Remscheid, Rheinberg, Schwerte, Siegen, Solingen, Stolberg (Rhld.), Telgte, Tönisvorst, Velbert, Voerde, Warstein, Wesel, Witten, Wuppertal 
 - Rheinland-Pfalz: Annweiler am Trifels, Bad Kreuznach, Frankenthal, Kaiserslautern, Koblenz, Landau, Ludwigshafen, Mainz, Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Pirmasens, Speyer, Springe, Syke, Trier, Wolfenbüttel, Worms, Zweibrücken 
 - Saarland: Lebach, Saarbrücken 
 - Sachsen: Chemnitz, Dresden, Görlitz, Hoyerswerda, Leipzig, Plauen, Radebeul, Zwickau 
 - Sachsen-Anhalt: Dessau-Roßlau, Halle (Saale), Magdeburg 
 - Schleswig-Holstein: Bad Segeberg, Eckernförde, Eutin, Fehmarn, Flensburg, Henstedt-Ulzburg, Kiel, Lübeck, Neumünster, Rendsburg, Schleswig, Wedel 
 -  Thüringen: Eisenach, Erfurt, Gera, Jena, Suhl, Weimar  

Links:

-  Eigenen Bürgerantrag für "Pop-up-Radwege Jetzt!" stellen: www.duh.de/pop-up-radwege-jetzt
-  Das Rechtsgutachten und eine Zusammenfassung des Gutachtens finden Sie unter: https://www.duh.de/pop-up-rechtsgutachten/ 

Press contact:

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Jürgen Resch, Federal Managing Director
0171 3649170, [email protected]

DUH press office:

Matthias Walter, Marlen Bachmann, Thomas Grafe
030 2400867-20, [email protected]

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