The city of Hanover presented its concept for a car-free city center on Tuesday. By 2030, the city center should be “almost car-free” and parking spaces on streets and squares should disappear. “Car-free means: There are not too many cars in the city,” said Mayor Belit Onay (Greens). Anyone who lives in the city center can still access their private parking space by car, taxi and delivery services are also allowed, and people with disabilities even receive more parking spaces. According to the plans, everyone else drives into the city center via a few cul-de-sacs, where there is space for cars in numerous parking garages. Or they use the bus and train, cycle or walk.
Central election campaign issue
The vision of a car-free city center was an important topic in Green politician Onay’s election campaign for the office of mayor around four years ago. According to city planning officer Thomas Vielhaber, the concept has not yet been decided – he expects a fundamental decision in autumn or winter. The plan is to be in the middle
The renovation work will begin in 2024, and the expansion of the bicycle routes is also in full swing.
According to Vielhaber, the remaining cars in the city should be allowed to drive at a maximum speed of 20 or 30 in order to protect the most vulnerable, namely pedestrians. In doing so, Hanover is “taking a path that other European cities and metropolises are currently taking,” he said. In fact, Paris, for example, is pushing ahead with a traffic transition in which cars are having to give way to pedestrians and green spaces on a growing number of side streets, or lanes are being converted into cycle paths
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