Leipzig's city council wants to set up a bike lane on parts of the Dittrichring.  However, the project is to be examined first.

Leipzig’s city council wants to set up a wheel lane on the Dittrichring – and remove one lane for drivers.

Leipzig – For some it is the bicycle revolution, for others the next step towards more bicycle traffic in the trade fair city: Leipzigs City council wants to set up a wheel lane on the Dittrichring – and remove one lane for drivers.

Leipzig’s city council wants to set up a bike lane on parts of the Dittrichring. However, the project is to be examined first. © Hendrik Schmidt / dpa-Zentralbild / ZB

With 39 yes and 26 no votes and no abstentions, the city council commissioned Mayor Burkhard Jung (63, SPD) on Wednesday to first examine a corresponding project.

The new bike lane should therefore run between Gottschedstrasse and Rudolphstrasse and between Lotterstrasse and Runder Ecke – i.e. encompass the entire Dittrichring.

The councils also decided to secure the currently established cycle lane “immediately with bollards or Leitboys against the adjacent motor vehicle lane”, it says in the corresponding proposal.

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The city district advisory council initiated the establishment of the bollards in order to ensure more safety on the currently existing cycle lane.

Leipzig's Lord Mayor Burkhard Jung (63, SPD) also spoke out in favor of the project during the debate.

Leipzig’s Lord Mayor Burkhard Jung (63, SPD) also spoke out in favor of the project during the debate. © Sebastian Kahnert / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa

The debate about the resolution was fierce at times.

The AfD accused the applicants of ideological politics. “We are already world champions in traffic jams because we have initiated many projects,” said AfD city councilor Christian Kriegel. It always led to problems if a track on the ring was not passable in the past. “If we set up a cycle path from Gottschedstrasse to Rudolphstrasse, we have to take one lane away. Then it says: ‘Good night.'”

Thomas Nörlich from the city district advisory council then stated that the project had nothing to do with ideology, “but with facts. No city has managed to cope with car traffic with more roads. We need more bike lanes, more public transport.”

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SPD city councilor Andreas Geißler threw in that the city should try to improve the bike routes in the outdoor areas. “We have a concept for a route Halle-Leipzig. I think that would make a lot more people change.”

Mayor Jung finally interjected that the debate was necessary and necessary. The project has a high symbolic value. “The point is to send a signal that bicycle traffic is seen on an equal footing with motor vehicle traffic in our city. I ask you to show that cyclists are also welcome here.”

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