October 2020 Regular Meeting
After honoring our long-standing club members on October 14, 2020, Andrea Jürges, Vice Director of the Deutsches Architektur Museum, compared today's picture of urban traffic in Frankfurt with major cities such as Paris, London, Madrid and Copenhagen, where alternative traffic concepts have already been implemented. She posed the questions about what kind of city we would like to live in tomorrow and how we can create space for individualized ways of living within the city.
In many cities, too much space is still given to car traffic by virtue of maintaining wide streets and allocating too many parking spaces at the expense of improving our quality of life.
A reduction in the number of cars in the city centers, as demonstrated in Madrid, for example, does not weaken the retail trade, but generates more sales because people are more likely to stay in the quiet zones and use the newly gained space in alternative ways.
According to Andrea Jürges, the future of our mobility must be holistically rethought. Instead of individual plans for cars, bicycles, public transport and pedestrians, there should be networked planning that takes into account the different needs of all road users. The existing infrastructure should be used in such a way that the different modes of transportation can run in parallel without hindering each other.
The switch from using one's own car to car-sharing, bicycle / e-bikes and public transport absolutely requires adaptations that will add value: punctual and frequent bus and train connections, even in off-peak times and to the suburbs, and a nice design of car-free streets turned "recreation rooms" are a "must" if the changes in road traffic and the abandonment of using one's own car are to be accepted.