Traffic in and around bad kissingen has developed in recent years. The way the city deals with traffic on its streets, however, is hardly. A new and comprehensive concept is to help make up for the accumulated deficits and build a bridge for the inner-city traffic of the future.
The city council has now unanimously decided to commission a new traffic development concept. The task is a demanding one. The office that received the order is to develop an “overall strategy for the sensible, city-contractual organization of inner-city traffic” work out. It must take into account the needs of “all road users”.
City planner christine schwind described the initial situation as follows: as an important health resort with a new profile as a health and cultural location, bad kissingen needs a “coherent development and traffic concept”. To date, there has been no concept that adequately integrates all types of traffic. Demographic development must also be taken into account.
The administration and the city council have come to the conclusion that new thoughts about the traffic in the city are necessary, among other things, due to the reorientation that the spa business has already experienced and will continue to experience. The health care system has changed fundamentally in recent years, and the spa business is adapting to this change. The offers are therefore broader than before. The target group in the search for guests is young people. At the same time, the desire for peace and quiet and noise-protected zones is still very much in evidence. Guests of the city often also expect deceleration.
The city’s application for entry in the unesco world heritage list as one of the great spas of europe will have a major influence on the development of traffic in kissingen. If the application is successful, the city planner says it will not just be a question of where the planned world heritage center is to be located. The inclusion on the list is also expected to increase the tourist interest in the town. This resulted in “greatly increased visitor and bus traffic”.
Against this backdrop, it is necessary to consider how to develop the inner city unesco protected area for world heritage tourism. At the same time, the city has to protect sensitive and noise-sensitive areas of the spa business. The needs of the city’s residents and visitors beyond world heritage tourism also had to be taken into account.
The planned study will also provide results for key words such as accessibility, cycle paths and the hiking trail network. In principle, it is a matter of promoting the “soft means of transport, pedestrian and bicycle traffic” too strong, explained christine schwind. This means that developments in electric bicycles will be taken into account and the network of biking and hiking trails will be reviewed. Connection to the cycle path network of the district and to supra-regional cycle paths must be ensured.
Due to the “increase in mobilized individual transport”, according to the city planner, the park pressure is increasing. The concept should therefore include possibilities for “greater density of parking spaces” prufen. Other key words are: bad kissingen as a residential location and commercial development. Because kissingen sees itself as a high-quality residential location, it also wants to be attractive in terms of transport for young families, singles and senior citizens. However, as some of the through traffic in residential areas has increased considerably, “calming reductions” are necessary a topic. With regard to new commercial sites, the main issue is their sensible development.
Traffic surveys are necessary as a basis for such comprehensive planning. The city planner called the existing figures “absolutely no longer representative”. The last payment was made almost ten years ago. An important task for the creators of the concept is also the “review of the location of the central bus parking lot”. This has recently been the subject of heated debate, not least because of the competition for investors for berliner platz. This is also the background to a request made by the CSU and the SPD. The christian socialists had heard, said their faction spokesman steffen hortler, that it would take three years for the results of the comprehensive concept to be available. Against this background, he asked that answers to key questions, such as berliner platz, be provided more quickly. The city’s building department made this clear. The foundations had to be laid, and then priorities could be set.