30 km / h on the streets of Schwentinental – the city would like to be able to decide for itself where this should apply. In the last meeting of the city representatives, the parliamentary groups decided to join the alliance “Cities worth living at a reasonable speed”.
The alliance’s goal is to change the rules of the road. Municipalities should be given more leeway and be able to independently set speed limits for all downtown streets, including district, state and federal roads. Tempo 30 should also become the maximum speed limit.
SPD: Cities are not trusted to take care of the little things by themselves
Municipalities often have their hands tied at this time. Tempo 30 can only be ordered in case of specific dangers or in front of social structures such as nurseries or schools. The district traffic authority decides on this.
“The alliance is a reaction to the fact that cities and municipalities are entrusted with increasingly demanding tasks by the federal and state governments,” explained Volker Sindt, chairman of the SPD parliamentary group. His party had campaigned to join the alliance.
“On the other hand, people don’t even trust us to be able to independently adjust small things in the city, like the speed limit, not even a no parking sign. It is probably the representatives of the city and our full-time administration who can better assess the situation on the spot, “said the parliamentary group leader.
144 cities and municipalities in Germany have already joined the alliance, including Kiel and Plön (we reported).
Alliance: CDU and FDP do not see the need
However, the people of Schwentinental were not as united as the factions of Plön. CDU and FDP voted against. “We think it is a misleading symbolic policy,” said Norbert Scholtis, chairman of the CDU parliamentary group. Previous tools would have proved their worth. Especially in the Klausdorf district there are already many 30 zones. Therefore he sees no need in Schwentinental. “I don’t know of any avenues where the efforts have been rejected,” Scholtis said. Furthermore, the founding and promotion of the alliance can be traced to social democratic concerns.
Even the FDP does not see the need to join. The existing structures are sufficient, said the leader of the parliamentary group Jan Voigt. Furthermore, the city administration already has enough to do.
The Greens disagreed. “The administration is not overwhelmed by this,” replied Stefan Wiese, leader of the Greens. “Municipalities have to bear the costs of road maintenance. So we also want to create ”.
Time 30: Administrative effort is high
Herbert Steenbock (SWG) also opposed the CDU and the FDP. “It is always an administrative effort to organize speed limits with the Plön district. Implementation can take up to six months. “
Already in November last year, the parliamentary groups of the Committee on the Environment, Transport and Public Safety voted to introduce a speed limit of 30 km / h on the Bachstraße, Bekkamp and Hasenkupplung roads. “As far as I know, nothing has happened yet,” said Volker Sindt.
The Klar.Grün group welcomed the decision of the city representatives. “Fortunately, apart from Ostseepark, Schwentinental is already largely restricted traffic, but there is still room for improvement,” said Andreas Müller, listing Dorfstrasse / Klingenbergstrasse in Klausdorf, Kieler Strasse / Bahnhofstrasse in Raisdorf and Preetzer Chaussee in both districts as examples.
Above all, the SPD would like to calm residential streets, evenly for both districts. “It doesn’t make much sense if I’m allowed to drive 30 on one street where there are houses and 50 on the other street where there are houses too,” said Volker Sindt.