Eight German cities want to test Tempo 30

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Goodbye Tempo 50: In a pilot project, several major German cities want to introduce a speed limit. The project combines several advantages.

Eight large cities want to test 30 km / h over a large area. The usual speed of 50 km / h should then still be permitted on some main roads. Participate in the project:

  • Aachen
  • Augsburg
  • Freiburg in Breisgau
  • Hanover
  • Leipzig
  • Munster
  • Ulm
  • Bonn

The cities hope that the road traffic regulations will be changed quickly after the general election to make the project possible. The initiative is supported by the German Association of Cities in Berlin.

“We want to make traffic in the cities more efficient, climate-friendly and safer,” says City Council President, Leipzig’s Lord Mayor Burkhard Jung (SPD). For this, the cities need more leeway than before. “The municipalities can best decide which speeds are appropriate on which streets.”

Various investigations through model projects

At 30 km / h in the main road network of cities, it is not about an undifferentiated and general measure, they explain and therefore propose model projects.

The aim is to investigate, for example, whether local public transport is disadvantaged by lower maximum speeds and how this could be compensated. The effects on bicycle traffic are also to be examined.

“The maximum permissible speed must finally be able to be arranged everywhere by the responsible road traffic authorities in such a way that it is appropriate after weighing up all relevant environmental, traffic and urban planning-related issues,” it continues. This opens up a development for the cities “in the direction of more liveliness, quality of life and sustainability”.

“The capacity for traffic is not restricted by Tempo 30, but the quality of stay is noticeably increased,” said the cities. “And in relation to the length of the road network, Tempo 30 has long been the rule and no longer the exception in most cities.”


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The project is not directed against motorists

The cities stress that this is not an initiative against motorists. It is a project for the residents of the municipalities.

The roads would be safer, especially for pedestrians and cyclists. In addition, traffic noise will be reduced and air pollution will be lower. The project is also supported by the Agora Verkehrswende initiative, which aims to develop new climate protection strategies.

Michelle Halterman
Michelle Halterman
USA, China, South Africa and now Munich - Michelle has come a long way in the world. She is an outdoor person and loves to be in nature with friends and on her mountain bike. Or she meets up with friends for pasta, vino, cappaccino & Co.

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