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Car-free Campus Westend Becomes Reality

18.09.2019 | 15:23 Clock | Service
Car-free Campus Westend Becomes Reality

After long planning it finally happened on September 16th: Since this day the Campus Westend of the Goethe-University is further relieved of car traffic. This will be achieved in particular by closing the central Theodor W Adorno square to motorised traffic. The northern campus area in the area of the housing estate and the further development stage is now equipped with a barrier. With these measures, the quality of stay on the partly listed area and especially the traffic safety will be significantly increased and at the same time the requirements of the urban development plan for the Westend campus will be implemented. 

"Frankfurt's Goethe University is committed to sustainable mobility and, with its "car-free campus" concept on the Westend campus, is at the same time making a contribution to increasing road safety," emphasised university president Prof. Dr. Birgitta Wolff. "The quality of stay on the university campus will increase significantly. By placing bollards at defined locations, a car-free core zone around Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz will be created in order to separate pedestrians, cyclists and motorised traffic," added University Chancellor Dr. Albrecht Fester. 

The new traffic concept reduces various traffic problems and hazard potentials in the northern campus area. The traffic situation in the housing estate there has been criticised for years - also by residents and the responsible local advisory board. Wrong parking and delivered entrances are the order of the day; access for fire brigades, rescue services and garbage collection is thus made more difficult, sometimes impossible. Car traffic in Max-Horkheimer-Straße poses a constant risk of accidents for students who have to cross the street when leaving and entering the seminar house. 

With the new building for linguistics and cultural studies, there is another challenge with a significant increase in pedestrian and cycling traffic. This situation will be alleviated with the new traffic concept, as only participants with access authorisation will be allowed to drive through at this point. For cyclists, the roads are still passable. 

For the realization of the concept, parts of the delivery for the campus had to be reorganized and the traffic infrastructure improved. In the area of Max-Horkheimer-Straße, a so-called drop-off point (turning roundabout with short stop) as well as two official taxi stands were erected. In addition, by moving two barriers, the traffic flow for the northern campus area, especially the housing estate, is organized differently. 

The access roads to the two Christian dormitories, the single-family house estate, the Philipp-Holzmann School and the Leibniz Institute for Educational Research and Information (DIPF) are regulated by barriers. The Philipp-Holzmann-Schule gets a new access control via the Miquelallee into the Siolistraße. A new route to school on the university campus will further increase safety for pupils of the two interim schools of the new school campus. In accordance with the traffic concept agreed and approved with the local advisory board and the municipal offices and authorities involved, two barriers were erected: one in Max-Horkheimer-Strasse, the other in Siolistraße. The university operates the barriers and ensures that local residents and residents, but also rescue services, fire brigades and delivery traffic can drive into the area. 

The implementation was preceded by a lengthy and comprehensive coordination process. While for the cordoning off of the campus square, apart from the police and fire brigade, rather internal university traffic issues had to be clarified (e.g. student union, event service, postal service, waste disposal, cleaning, etc.), the new traffic concept for the northern campus area was discussed and developed together with the Landesbetrieb Bau und Immobilien Hessen (LBIH), the road traffic office, the city planning office, the city school office and the local advisory board. The responsible persons at the university are particularly grateful to Axel Kaufmann, the chairman of the responsible local advisory board, who tirelessly mediated between the concerns of the residents and the university. 

Short description of the new traffic concept in the area of the housing estate: 

- A barrier is arranged in Max-Horkheimer-Strasse (drop-off point). The access road for those with access rights is regulated by the Goethecard and the gatekeeper respectively.

- Rostocker Straße, along the new building for linguistics and cultural studies (SKW), is part of the car-free university campus and will in future be closed off from public transport by bollards.

-  An additional barrier of the campus area in the northern Siolistraße to Miquelallee is planned. Thus a separation of the traffic flows of the university and the schools is achieved.

- The Philipp-Holzmann-Schule receives a changed traffic guidance to the main entrance in Siolistraße

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