"As a car driver, i'm always afraid that a cyclist will push out of the graf-arnold-strabe", says a resident. Another said, "I don't send my kids across this intersection alone"." – "we can wait for it, that it cracks there once quite bose", someone still calls.
It is the evening when a newly founded burgers' initiative has invited people to meet at the klemens-fink-gehorlosensportcenter. From its parking lot, one can look directly at the stone of the anstobe – or more precisely, the intersection of the anstobe: where the babenbergerring, graf-arnold-strabe and wurzburger strabe meet. This area should be redesigned by the city of bamberg, if the citizens' initiative has its way.
Because the 50 or so listeners who came are concerned. You live in the new construction area and the surrounding area, you pass the intersection by car, bicycle or as a pedestrian.
It's not safe for any road user, they say. "With a stroller you can't fit on the small island in the middle of the lane", a resident complains "the parents are standing at the back of the street." A bicyclist reports angrily that she now yells at left-turning motorists when they take her right of way again.
Road visually subordinated
But why do residents describe the intersection as problematic?? Christian hader, one of the two founders of the citizens' initiative, shows an aerial view of the intersection on the wall via beamer.
At first glance, it is clear that the graf-arnold-strabe, coming from the southwest, makes a subordinate impression simply because of its narrow width. Some left-turners from the opposite side of wurzburger strabe are often late to realize that they have no right of way, explains christian hader.
But even the left-turners on the babenbergerring itself had to communicate by hand signal so that they would not intersect due to the asymmetrical crossing geometry. "With four left turns, things get difficult. There you have to flail", says hader.
The situation at the intersection is aggravated by a restricted field of vision: some residents are demanding that the trees be shortened. The initiative also advocates safe crossings for cyclists and pedestrians over the babenbergerring – and in connection with this, a speed reduction. Although the 30 sign in the direction of munchner ring is only lifted after the intersection. "But the width of the road and the green traffic lights at the bottom of the ring determine how fast people drive", hader points out.
And then there are the two bus stops on wurzburger strabe. From the point of view of the citizens' initiative, they are located too close to the intersection and additionally restrict the field of vision. Therefore, another item on the list is the rearrangement of the bus stops. Many wishes for an intersection – what could remedy the situation?? "A traffic circle!", says berthold opower, second founding member of the initiative. Of course, they know that this premium variant is the most expensive one. "But it's also about finding a long-term solution", says opower.
Backlash comes from two sides at once: both from the burgerverein kaulberg and from the burgerverein bamberg sudwest. But its chairman, roland werber, also points out: "the question is to what extent the optimal solution can be realized. In the short term, it would be good if something were to happen in terms of field of vision and speed."
So that something "happens, christian hader and berthold opower busy collecting signatures. At the beginning of 2014, the two residents of the new construction area want to take the lists to mayor andreas starke (SPD). "We would like to come to his office hours and invite him to the burgergesprach", says christian hader. He and his fellow campaigner opower hope that something will then happen at the political level – and eventually at the intersection.
This is where bernhard leiter came into play. The head of the "traffic planning" department the city of bamberg says: "if the politicians support the project, we can study and plan the area". We need a mandate for action."
And if the traffic circle should come too expensive? According to ulrike siebenhaar, spokeswoman for the city, hedge trimming, stopping bans and possibly a change in signage could already "have some positive effects." She goes on to say: "so far, the intersection has not stood out as a particularly problematic intersection. But that may also be due to the caution of the residents, and the fact that the road users there all look out for each other."
That a new traffic situation has arisen due to the growing new construction area is indisputable. "The burger initiative is welcome to engage in dialogue with the city government", says siebenhaar.
Maybe then there will be talk about a hedge cut, crosswalks or whether the speed 50 sign could be removed. Possibly also a speed indicator or stronger controls by the parking surveillance service (pud) or the police, so that the already narrow graf-arnold-strabe is not narrowed even more by cars parking on the sidewalk.
Bernhard leiter will probably also address the issue of parking on the roadway on the babenbergerring, north of graf-arnold-strabe. If this was allowed, the speed of the traffic would automatically decrease – similar to the panzerleite.
But not everyone wants that. "I've had calls from people who don't want to change the crossroads at all. They say nothing happens there, everything is fine." Female leader also explains why: "they don't think it's a good way to slow down."