The development of “Bönnscher Viertel”: vibrant spaces for people | Honnef today

The square in front of Frankenbad- Photo. City of Bonn

Bonn – Thanks to an extensive civil society participation process, the Federal City of Bonn would like to initiate the development of sustainable mobility in residential areas. The inner northern city and the Combahn district of Beuel are intended to be the starting point as model districts.

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The return of mobility in Bonn should make a significant contribution to achieving the 2035 climate neutrality goal. It is also an opportunity to improve the quality of life in Bonn through sustainable, safe and socially fair mobility. An important field for the return of mobility is designing sustainable mobility in Bonn’s residential neighborhoods.

The city would like to create a better quality of life and a better quality of life in the “Bönnsche Viertel” as here in the square in front of the Frankenbad in the old town.
Federal City of Bonn

Greater quality of life thanks to new mobility concepts

With the concept of “Bönnsche Viertel – Bustling Spaces for People”, the city of Bonn wants to modernize the vacated spaces by redesigning stationary and mobile traffic. The city, together with the residents of the districts, wants to find out how it works best. Mobility concepts are to be developed jointly, based on and embedded in measures that have already been identified and planned, such as a parking space strategy or a downtown zoning plan. The aim is to gradually relieve neighborhood residents from the pressure of traffic and parking, strengthen alternative forms of mobility and use the space obtained to create new opportunities for meetings and participation in social life.

“We want to improve the quality of life and quality of life for people in Bonn’s residential neighborhoods as part of the mobility transition. To this end, we want to closely involve the people of Bonn in these districts. The aim of participation is to find out what is needed from their point of view and what we as a city can do to pave the way for sustainable mobility. At the same time, locals know best what they want to use the new open spaces in their neighborhoods for and how they can be designed in a way that benefits everyone, ”says Mayor Katja Dörner.

Fluid traffic can be redesigned by traffic-calming measures such as speed reduction, one-way street regulation or restricted areas. Priority routes for public transport can make bus services more reliable and punctual. A pedestrian and bicycle network that is as continuous and barrier-free as possible enables the safe mobility of children and the elderly. It must be ensured that all properties are accessible to residents, craftsmen and women, fire brigades, and emergency and care services. Measures such as unsealing, greening and the use of meeting and relaxation elements can contribute to making public spaces in residential areas more diverse than before. The aim is to promote the active, safe and barrier-free mobility of people of all ages.

The first two quarters of the model

The city administration initially proposes the inner northern city and the Combahn district of Beuel as model districts. Both districts are burdened with foreign and transit traffic and have a lot of parking pressure. They already have good connections with local public transport. Planned or already implemented mobile stations provide access to shared mobility, which is to be further developed. The central location of these two quarters also enables many residents to experience the mobility shift and show how further residential districts in Bonn can be step by step redesigned into ‘Bonn accommodation’ that is more habitable.

“Both quarters are also interesting as model quarters, as the interaction between reclaiming public space and preserving Bonn’s historic urban heritage can be linked here in an exemplary manner,” explains town planner Helmut Wiesner when choosing the two central quarters.

Participation process

In order for the active participation of neighborhood residents to begin, the Bonn City Council at its meeting on June 9, 2022 is to decide on the development and implementation of a broad-based participation concept. The development of a traffic concept on this basis is also part of the resolution.
At the beginning of the year, in two group-wide and interdisciplinary workshops with over 60 participants from different departments, the city administration developed an initial vision of what life and mobility could be like in Bonn’s residential neighborhoods in 2030. A model for “Bönnsche Viertel – Bustling spaces for people ”.

The results of the ongoing, citywide participatory process “Bonn4Future – My for the Climate” form the basis of the participatory process in neighborhoods. The visions of the future developed at the first Bonn4Future climate forum on 10-11 September 2021 already show that many people in Bonn want flexible, safe and inclusive mobility. The next Climate Forum on 10 and 11 June 2022 will therefore have mobility as one of the two main themes.

A participatory process with neighborhood residents should build on this and include a concrete vision project for the future. In addition to classic formats such as information events, online surveys and dialogues, the process should also include workshops, peer-to-peer offers and event formats such as “Good Life Day”.

The draft resolution is published here.

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