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Kassel receives German transport planning award for Friedrich-Ebert street

Friedrich-Ebert street rebuilt in Kassel
Friedrich-Ebert street rebuilt in Kassel © Stadt Kassel (www.stadt-kassel.de)

Good practice: Traffic solution to strengthen and promote sustainable mobility on main roads

The modernisation and reconstruction of Friedrich-Ebert-Street in Kassel was awarded with the German Traffic Planning Prize 2016. The Association for Urban, Regional and Landscape Planning (SRL) recognises the new boulevard in the center of Kassel as a good practice to strengthen and promote sustainable mobility on main roads.

From 2014 until the end of November 2015, the city of Kassel converted Friedrich-Ebert street from an arterial road originally dominated by cars and trams, into a boulevard. Central elements were wider sidewalks, orderly parking spaces, separate bicycle lanes as well as barrier-free tram stops on the sidewalks. A median strip now allows pedestrians to safely cross the road.

21 municipalities had applied for the German Transport Planning Award.

In addition to the municipal offices and the KVG, the following offices were also involved in the reconstruction of the Friedrich-Ebert street: Planning Community Landscape + Open Space (Kassel), SHP Engineers (Hanover) and Ingenieurbüro Oppermann (Vellmar).