What should the City of Frankfurt do for bicycle traffic? These are the demands we made in our petition for a referendum (The German version is legally binding):
1. Safe bike lanes for everyone, including our children and the elderly
On roads with a control speed of at least 30 km/h, the City of Frankfurt will continually construct new bike lanes and reconstruct existing bike lanes, to an extent of at least 15 kilometres per year. All bike lanes will be constructed:
- significantly wider
- without dips
- with a surface that facilitates cycling comfort
- without interruptions or gaps
- structurally separate from other forms of traffic
- effectively free of motor vehicles through structural measures
- without impeding local transport or pedestrians.
2. Cycling-friendly side streets for better traffic-safety
Every year, the City of Frankfurt will reshape at least 5 kilometres of suitable side streets to make them more attractive for cycling traffic. This especially concerns schools and day care centres, residential areas and areas with dense traffic.
3. Continuous inner-city bike routes
Every year, the City of Frankfurt will develop at least 5 kilometres of inner-city bike routes, with the following characteristics:
- if possible, they shall be at least 2.30 metres wide, in both directions
- they will be interruption-free
- their surface facilitates cycling comfort and is painted red
- there will be connections to local cycling routes
- they will take into account commuting cycling traffic
Priority will be given to the development of such bike routes on the city ring road on the existing roadway.
4. Intersections become safer for cyclists and pedestrians
Every year, the City of Frankfurt will redevelop 10 intersections to make them bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly and safe for the public. After every serious accident involving pedestrians or cyclists that is at least partly caused by the infrastructure or the road space, the dangers will be eliminated.
5. More parking spaces for bicycles
Every year, the City of Frankfurt will construct at least 2,000 additional parking spaces for bicycles
- close to public transport stops
- roofed, when possible
- ideally combined with facilities and services such as compressed air and battery charging stations.
6. Priority for a bicycle-friendly traffic policy
The City of Frankfurt will align its policy with the recommendations of the national cycling traffic plan 2020 (Nationaler Radverkehrsplan 2020) of the Federal Ministry of Transport and will support bicycle traffic in Frankfurt accordingly (see proposal for cost recovery). It will promote the use of cargo bicycles.
7. Campaign for the Frankfurt Bicycle Metropolis
The City of Frankfurt will continuously conduct a campaign to make Frankfurt a bicycle metropolis. The aim is to promote bicycle traffic in the city area. The campaign will focus especially on specific events in day care centres and schools, publicity measures for bicycle traffic and the promotion of mobility management in companies. All measures will be comprehensively evaluated, and the needs of cyclists will be systematically recorded within the framework of accompanying scientific research; the results will be published transparently.