Enter the promenade in the valley immediately

Visualization: Andreas Gergor / Greens

The construction of the 2nd main line is even more delayed. But the coalition of green and red town halls in Munich does not want to wait until the middle or even the end of the 1930s to redesign the valley. In a joint proposal, it calls on the city administration to present a concrete proposal to transform the section between Isartor and Marienplatz into a pedestrianized area and to implement it structurally after a short pilot phase in 2023.

The city of Munich cannot wait many more years with plans to build a largely car-free valley until Deutsche Bahn has finally completed its second S-Bahn tunnel. It must be possible to manage traffic on the construction site in a different way so that the valley and Westenriederstraße can be converted into pedestrian zones by 2023 at the latest.

To this he says Anna Huebnerchairwoman of the SPD / Volt parliamentary group:
“Before the local government elections, the SPD promised to transform the old town into a place worth living in. We cannot wait any longer for Deutsche Bahn. The valley is the central point of the extension of the pedestrian zone. It is especially important to us that residents, traders and those who cannot cope with walking help shape the new promenade and are ultimately satisfied with the result. Because especially when there are big changes, we have to do politics with the people, not over their heads. “

More trees and flower beds, unsealed areas and fountains will increase the quality of life while providing a cooler and more pleasant urban climate. Children’s playgrounds, consumption-free zones and shaded seating areas are also possible.

Mona Fuchsthe leader of the parliamentary party Greens – Pink List, says:
“The valley has great potential to set the standards for modern urban design and to become a really pleasant place to stay: trees, flower beds and pergolas can make the city center more attractive and offer residents and tourists a cool place in times of climate change. Installing “blue infrastructure” – for example, water channels and fountains – can create a pleasant climate. This serves to protect against the heat and thus adapt to the climate and could make the valley the new landmark of the city. “

When designing, particular attention should be paid to the interests of children, seniors and people with disabilities. The city administration is also to develop a parking concept and ideas for parking zones for residents. Only residents, businesses, taxis and people with reduced mobility should have access, for example for a doctor’s appointment.

Mikołaj GradlTransport policy spokesman for the SPD / Volt parliamentary group says:
“Exactly 50 years ago, the then mayor Hans Jochen Vogel (SPD) opened Munich’s first pedestrianized street on the Kaufingerstrasse. One thing has been clear since then: everyone uses the old town with fewer cars. If we block traffic, we not only create a promenade for young and old, but also relieve the inhabitants with innovative models. We also provide underground parking spaces for them and parking spaces in side streets. There will also be solutions for suppliers, craftsmen and taxi drivers. “

Not only the valley needs new solutions: the town hall coalition has also commissioned the city administration to designate Westenriederstrasse as a pedestrian zone and redesign the Isartorplatz to make it pedestrian and bicycle friendly.

and Dr. Florian RothDie Grünen city councilor Rosa Liste says:
“The city center will be closed to car traffic – with the exception of residents, taxis and delivery traffic. This is the Greens’ postulate in the 1990 election program, which was then ridiculed by many and for which, of course, there was no majority in the city council. But over the years we have put this idea on the agenda many times and – slowly but surely – finding more and more support for it. Obviously PRMs would not be left out of the exceptions list today, but it basically proves that the 1990 Green Vision had a very realistic basis – namely the willingness of more and more people to limit ten years of dominance in car traffic and road spaces that are be used as living quarters. At the same time, it also serves the purposes of climate protection, air pollution control, noise reduction and safety: children should also be able to move freely in the center of Munich. We want a vibrant city center that offers more space for people and less for traffic. ”

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