By Götz Schultheiss
What's more important in the fight against traffic jams: good bike paths or more car parks on the outskirts? The data of the first major analysis of commuter flows on the Fildern are intended to facilitate the decisions of the city.
Filder – Traffic planning is a challenge, especially if Filder is blocked. Soon, planners will receive an important base for their work because, at the initiative of the Wirtschafts- und Industrievereinigung Stuttgart (WIV), the most detailed and comprehensive survey of commuters in Stuttgart has already begun. Approximately 50 companies and their approximately 10,000 employees in the industrial and commercial sectors are interviewed in the Synergiepark, Step-Areal, Airport-City, Fasanenhof and Tränke parks, all of which border the north-south route.
Hope for active participation
"The action starts now, we hope more companies and more employees will participate, because the more they will be involved, the sooner the traffic will improve," said WIV's president. , Günter Sabow. The city of Stuttgart will assume 40% of the costs of the action, which has been professionally prepared by the traffic planning company SSP Consult, which has expertise in multimodal transport.
There has not always been agreement between the city and the representatives of the economy. Sabow said companies were complaining of losing highly skilled employees because they did not want to lose their lives in traffic jams. For the most part, employees did not come from Stuttgart for expensive rents, but from surrounding areas, including those in Tübingen and Reutlingen, which are poorly served by public transport. The preference for building bike paths instead of multi-storey car parks seems odd.
First, collect data, then build
Finally, says Sabow, the WIV and its mayor Peter Pätzold "have been reasonably in agreement". At the local council, it became clear that the traffic issue could provide valuable information. That's why the topic "traffic plan" has been postponed until last Thursday.
"Naturally, the mayor became nervous because he feared that the expansion of the North-South road would be delayed." They have now accepted, "that advance planning be done, provided that the result of the investigation is taken into account" The factions of the city council would have so agreed. The reason is obvious to Sabow: "For an area of nearly 40,000 employees, it is impossible to plan a show of hands, because it would be embarrassing to spend a lot of money at the wrong time."
The commuter analysis facilitates planning
According to the president of the WIV, improvements have been granted only by the development of the north-south road, new tram lines and better bike paths: "But we can not talk about changes, offers must be fair and much better public transport be ".
The result of the survey, says Sabow, could help planners prioritize their priorities. He has no problem with bike lanes improving the infrastructure. But because they would be victims of a larger number of public car parks, he doubts that they should have priority in transportation planning. That's why he looks forward to the survey results.
According to the WIV, Synergy Park has lost about 5,000 parking spaces in recent years. For this reason, from the point of view of local businesses, the construction of a large parking garage on the highway with shuttle traffic in the industrial area must be a priority.
Even companies still have free parking spaces
According to the president of the WIV, companies are also invited to provide parking spaces: "A relatively high proportion of parking spaces are not used because employees work at home or on the road. Feed these free parking spaces into an app, so you can book and pay for suppliers, customers or non-members of the company. "Of course, this model can also be applied in residential areas:" All spaces Private parking is not used, and the owners rent these premises to people who need parking. "
SSP Consult will analyze the data collected according to Sabow in August. "So we go in public and present the result to the local council."