(ffm) More visibility for bicycle traffic on Taunusanlage and Bockenheimer Anlage: On the 500-metre-long section between Reuterweg and Mainzer Landstraße, the existing wheel tracks are now illuminated in a striking red. "This central inner city area is a hotspot for bicycle traffic. This makes it all the more important for all road users to keep an overview. The markings help to visibly structure the flow of traffic," says Head of Traffic Klaus Oesterling.
Coming from Reuterweg or the inner city ring road, cars wanting to turn right into Bockenheimer Landstraße past the Alte Oper must cross a cycle lane - a situation that cyclists often find uncomfortable. Here, the red signal colour can help to sharpen the attention of those involved. There is a similar bicycle ford in the opposite direction, where vehicles coming from Mainzer Landstraße cross when they want to turn right into Junghofstraße.
More tidy is now the place between Opernplatz and Bockenheimer Landstraße - for motor vehicle traffic a "T" junction in three directions, for cyclists an important central junction in all four directions. There are also many passers-by. The red-coloured wheel tracks help to make the different traffic flows more visible, in order to increase the feeling of safety in everyday road traffic.
The Road Traffic Office drew up the conceptual planning for marking work, the Office for Road Construction and Development (ASE) is responsible for the execution. The company commissioned by ASE first freshened up the existing white markings before applying the red paint manually on the wheel tracks over an area of around 2000 square metres. The coating is such that the surface has a slight irregularity. This, in turn, ensures a good grip - as with previous red markings in the Frankfurt city area. The measure cost around 75,000 euros. The work will be fully completed as soon as the missing directional arrows and bicycle pictograms have been applied in the coming days.
The measure is part of the agreement with the "Radentscheid Frankfurt", which resulted in the "Fahrradstadt Frankfurt" resolution of the city parliament on 29 August 2019. In recent weeks, the City of Frankfurt had marked further cycle traffic facilities in red at three busy intersections.