The fact that you can only drive 30 km/h on most Amsterdam roads from Friday, December 8, already caused steam to come out of the ears of car enthusiasts. If you think it can't get any slower, then you haven't counted on this city.
Amsterdam parried the criticism of the opponents of 30 km/h. The municipality expect 20 to 30 percent fewer accidents. The braking distance is shorter and the field of vision wider, according to policymakers. Exactly the same discussion is taking place in Germany and there is even a city that excels in driving slowly. Going to Frankfurt am Main takes an even more rigorous approach. The city council has opted not for a speed limit of 30 km/h in parts of the center, but of 20 km/h!
It is not the case that you cannot drive faster anywhere in the center of Frankfurt am Main, the fifth largest city in Germany with more than 764,000 inhabitants. Initially, the speed limit of 20 km/h will apply around the Messe, where the IAA used to be held. And then only the side streets. To get everyone used to it slowly, the area is gradually expanded. But the Germans do not dare to take a very radical approach, on the main roads to the center you are allowed to drive 50 km/h.
In addition to the 20 km/h speed limit, Frankfurt will do even more to keep cars out of the center. Free parking is no longer possible and the number of parking spaces along the road is severely limited. If you want to go to the city by car, you have to park it in the parking garage. An exception is made for taxis and disabled people, as well as for loading and unloading. The space that becomes available is used for cycle paths. Councilor Wolfang Siefert (Greens) believes that the car has been given too much advantage so far and that this should end. Quite daring, in car country Germany. In any case, you have been warned if you go to the Christmas market in Frankfurt!
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This post was last modified on November 8, 2023 3:10 pm
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