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Start of construction for the first cycle highway in the Stuttgart region

The Radschnellweg (cycle highway) Ruhr on the city limits of Essen/Mülheim
The Radschnellweg (cycle highway) Ruhr on the city limits of Essen/Mülheim © Hauswirtschaft / Wikimedia

Start of construction for the first cycle highway in the Stuttgart region - state, district and cities celebrate milestone for sustainable mobility in the region

DThe Böblingen/Sindelfingen-Stuttgart connection is now also becoming more attractive for many commuters by bicycle: With the ground-breaking ceremony for the first cycle highway in the region, the district of Böblingen together with the two large district towns of Böblingen and Sindelfingen as well as the state are setting an example for tomorrow's sustainable mobility concepts. On Monday, 10 September 2018, representatives of the district of Böblingen and the major district towns of Böblingen and Sindelfingen met with Minister of Transport Winfried Hermann, Member of the State Parliament, on the Römerstraße in Böblingen to celebrate the starting signal for the implementation of the first, approximately eight-kilometre-long section of construction.

Pilot project in the Stuttgart region

For this purpose, a section of the pedestrian/cycling path along the K 1057, L 11883 and Musberger Sträßle is to be extended and the cobbled pavement of parts of the Römerstraße is to be asphalted. In addition, the previously asphalted section of the Römerstraße will be rehabilitated and a new crossing aid will be built at the Römerstraße/Waldburgstraße/K1057 intersection. Completion is scheduled for spring 2019.

Funding by the State of Baden-Württemberg in accordance with the State Community Transport Financing Act (Landesgemeindeverkehrsfinanzierungsgesetz LGVFG) - Innovative lighting is also supported by the State of Baden-Württemberg

For this first municipal cycle highway, the players under the management of the Böblingen district are receiving subsidies of around one million euros from the state of Baden-Württemberg in accordance with the state municipal transport financing law (Landesgemeindeverkehrsfinanzierungsgesetz LGVFG). To ensure that the cycle path in the forest is well accepted even in the dark, the entire length of the route will be equipped with innovative lighting. To minimise light emissions and reduce power consumption, the lighting is switched on and off dynamically as required using motion sensors. The lighting also supports the country with approx. 818,000 euros.

The partial asphalting of the cobbled pavement in Römerstraße had led to discussions in advance. District administrator Bernhard once again appealed for understanding. A fast cycle route is subject to certain quality standards with regard to its construction standard. "For reasons of safety and driving comfort, asphalting is indispensable," says Bernhard. "Due to preservation order, an approximately 80 metre long section will be left. According to the district administrator, this is the compromise that has been reached in the course of many discussions with the responsible bodies of public interest and for which the approval of the Office for the Protection of Historical Monuments has been obtained.

Further information on fast cycle connections/cycle highways:

High-speed cycle connections are high-quality, directly managed and high-performance cycle connections between districts and municipalities. High-speed cycle connections are characterised by their high quality:

  • Total distance: at least 5.0 km
  • intercommunal connection
  • significant link for everyday cycling (AADT ≥ 2,000 cyclists/24h on predominant part of the total route)

Due to direct, detour-free routes with few stops and large widths, fast cycle connections are particularly attractive, especially on longer distances. They therefore have great potential, especially in view of the increasing use of e-bikes and pedelecs, to relieve road and rail congestion, avoid traffic jams and contribute to air pollution control.

On fast cycle routes, the average cruising speed is increased by the fact that cyclists have less to stop and wait at junctions due to crossing-free or privileged tours. The absolute driving speed does not change as a rule.

With the help of a nationwide potential analysis, the state has identified 32 cycle highways with a total length of 500 kilometres in urgent need. A further 20 routes could prove to be worthy for the implementation of fast cycling connections.

Three further pilot routes are already being planned: Heidelberg - Mannheim, Heilbronn - Bad Wimpfen and Plochingen - Esslingen - Stuttgart.

Further information in German: