Mainkai-blocking in Frankfurt: space for people instead of cars

Andreas citizens referred to the Mainkai as the living room of the center, a place where you can meet and offers a high quality of stay. Since the closure of th

Mainkai-blocking in Frankfurt: space for people instead of cars

Andreas citizens referred to the Mainkai as the living room of the center, a place where you can meet and offers a high quality of stay. Since the closure of the road for motorized transport in July 2019, the "asphalt desert had been transformed", although barely. "Here is a lot of life. Sometimes two Figure skaters practice their spins on Rollerblades. Then spectators gather quickly. Many children practise riding the bike. And the residents get to know finally," says the spokesman of the citizens ' initiative "Mainkai for all".

this free space in the middle of the city continue to use, called on Saturday afternoon around 50 people, an extension of the Mainkai-blocking. The protest was organized by the citizens called initiative. So far, the coalition consisting of the CDU, the SPD and the Greens are not in agreement whether originally a year-long block is maintained. From 1. September could ride in cars on the road. The Initiative is about more than blocking the road, you want to turn a Traffic. The Northern Bank of the main to be the beginning. Citizens therefore calls on the coalition partners, their blockade attitude of abandon. "Now, not later," he says in his speech. The listeners applaud.

Not all of Frankfurt's wish for the blocking

Not all of Frankfurt's wish to have this block. In Sachsenhausen resistance, because the traffic jams there now. However, "Hibbdebach against Dribbdebach, that doesn't work," says citizens. "It is not clear the filth from the living room into the dining room or bedroom. Of course, must happen also in the other parts of the city.“ When it comes to citizens, the blocking of the Mainkais only the beginning. "I am the First to fight for the closure of the Swiss, of Berger, of the Leipziger Strasse, the living room of the city. That there are still cars driving is unacceptable.“

But where is the traffic? The number of cars would have to be radically reduced to create space for the people, citizens. The successful but only in accordance with the principle of induced traffic: "If I make space on the road, it is used, and Vice versa. By blocking the number of drivers is reduced so.“ Actually, a traffic census should show how the closure of the Mainkais impact on the traffic. But due to Corona, the Figures are not reliable. Therefore, the blocking would have to be extended, so Oliver Strank, the founder of the Initiative for the Mainkai-blocking. His Petition for car-free Mainkai have now signed up to more than 8500 people.

Updated Date: 29 June 2020, 01:19

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