Richard Wolff makes a U-turn. For the time being, there is no attempt with fewer traces on the axis of incidence on the right bank of Lake Zurich.
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Only two lanes instead of four: the city wanted to give it a try on Bellerivestrasse.
Photo: Sabina Bobst
It was a traffic policy bang: City Councilor Richard Wolff (AL) gave in September an explosive proposal announced for spring. He said in the local council that a large part of Bellerivestrasse would soon lose two of the four car lanes so far. “It’s a six-month trial,” said Wolff. The newly gained space should benefit bicycle traffic.
But now nothing will come of the experiment for the time being, as Richard Wolff announced at the annual media conference of the civil engineering department. “Postponed is not canceled,” he added, however. The city is currently checking how an attempt can be made.
The civil engineering supervisor Wolff remains vague in explaining why he renounces the attempt. He had to find out that an attempt is currently not possible. More time is needed, and interest groups need to be better involved. Above all the canton of Zurich, which was not exactly happy about Wolff’s plans. “Talks with the canton are ongoing,” said Wolff at the media conference. He couldn’t say more about it.
Studies have shown difficulties
It became apparent at the end of October that the project would be difficult for the AL city council. The TA published two studies by the city that had been kept under lock and key, which analyzed the influence of lane reduction. Wolff samest supportte focus on these studies when presenting his experiment. He said, for example: «With the reduction from four to two lanes in the section from Tiefenbrunnen station to Kreuzstrasse can today’s traffic volume can still be managed. “
However, the analyzes showed that the lane reduction is associated with a number of risks war. For example, one report says: “As a result, the traffic situation is very busy. Accordingly, even minor disruptions can lead to long backwater situations. ” (You can read more about the content of the studies here.) In addition would also bottlenecks and points of conflict for bicycle and pedestrian trafficr arise.
Wolff’s planned dismantling of the lane on this important axis of incidence on the right bank of Lake Zurich caused quite a stir in politics. The left applauded, the bourgeoisie and the automobile associations raged. The neighboring municipality of Zollikon resisted vehemently, and the canton warned: If the lane dismantling should one day be made permanent, it would have to be approved by the government council.
The background to the now postponed trial is the renovation of Bellerivestrasse planned for 2025.
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