City of Offenbach wants to promote traffic turnaround | News city

New transport development plan with the participation of the population in progress

Coordinated traffic planning that takes new forms of mobility and strategic objectives into account, for example in terms of climate protection and air pollution control, is the aim of the traffic development plan 2035 (VEP 2035) for Offenbach am Main. After the fundamental decision in January 2021 by the city council and the subsequent Europe-wide tendering process, the city council decided on October 7th to award the planning services to an engineering office.

As the head of the transport department Paul-Gerhard Weiß reports, the VEP 2035, which is now to be worked out in detail, is to take account of the changed mobility behavior: “How people get around in the city is subject to constant change. The new transport development plan takes into account current and future mobility needs. Think of electromobility, the expansion of bicycle traffic, sharing offers and links with local public transport. The goal, less CO2 and producing air pollutants from internal combustion engines plays an important role in the new plan. The aim is always to achieve a U-turn in the steadily growing car traffic. A traffic collapse in the city can only be prevented by using alternative offers. “

The traffic development plan is a strategic work which defines goals and strategies for the traffic direction of the city in the next 15 years. “The VEP is the new basis for all measures for the further development of the transport infrastructure in Offenbach and mobility offers in the coming years”, said Weiß. “It is intended to increase the quality of life of Offenbachers in their city through a special focus on the environment, climate and sustainability.”

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The progress made with the previous and still valid Traffic Management Plan 2015 (VMP 2015) serves as the basis for the elaboration of the new traffic development plan. The VMP 2015 was developed and set up in 2007. In the past few years, for example, over 80 percent of all the measures formulated therein for cycling have been implemented. The improvements for cyclists to get to their destination faster, easier and safer include built-in cycle paths and easier crossing of intersections, additional cycle lanes and the opening of one-way streets and the pedestrian zone for cycle traffic. The BikeOF project with its bicycle roads and the expansion of the Main Cycle Path are also measures that are realizing the main objectives of the VMP 2015. The goals of the VMP were also met by the almost completely completed barrier-free expansion of all bus stops in the city area as well as the renewal of the control devices for traffic light systems, which is currently being implemented, to liquefy the traffic.

In the course of further developing technologies and the targeted traffic turnaround, however, the municipalities now have to adapt their own planning. The new Transport Development Plan 2035 is to be very much geared towards the mobility needs of citizens within the next 15 years. Transport issues are viewed from an integrated perspective, i.e. including all road users, in order to meet current and future requirements. Topics that are dealt with in VEP 2035 include: environmental impacts including climate protection, noise, air pollutants and land consumption, alternative mobility concepts that also take up e-mobility and sharing offers, or the digitization of transport, which is based on, among other things digital information systems, digital traffic control and the promotion of intermodal mobility.

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The preparation of the VEP 2035 is in charge of the department for traffic planning in the office for urban planning, traffic and construction management in cooperation with a planning office. “We attach great importance to the broad participation of citizens, so that they can have a direct influence on the traffic development in their city in different formats”, announces the head of the transport department Weiß. “Among other things, we want to know what people need so that they are ready, for example, to do without the car and move around the city sustainably.” Asking questions and giving advice. In addition, several mobility forums are held on site at the district level. This means that, for example, a mobile project office drives to the respective city districts and involves local residents in drawing up the plan. The general public should be integrated into the development process as close to everyday life as possible and sustainably, whereby they should also be encouraged to participate.

As a visible result of the Transport Development Plan 2035, measures (packages) will be developed that will be implemented in the following years. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) was able to acquire funding of 300,000 euros for the development of VEP 2035 as part of the “Clean Air” funding program. The total costs for the preparation of the VEP 2035 amount to a total of approx. € 544,000. Since the city is bound by the guidelines and time frames of the funding agency, the creation of the plan is to be completed by the end of 2022. The measures to implement the transport development plan are bundled into short-term (up to 2025), medium-term (up to 2035) and long-term packages of measures (up to 2050).