Specially secured tracks that all types of cyclists use to reach important destinations in the region. Apparently in short supply in Kriens and Emmen. Two proposals have now been submitted by Pro Velo who want to change that.

Shortly before Christmas, Pro Velo Lucerne launched the” Velonetz now! “initiative successfully submitted. 755 signatures were collected in Kriens.

In Kriens and Emmen, far-reaching bicycle railways are to be built

874 signed the request in Emmen. The initiative calls for Kriens and Emmen to set up a network of main bicycle routes within ten years.

In Kriens and Emmen far-reaching Velobahn should be built

With the open track between Lucerne and Kriens, for example, there is a bicycle connection that is very popular.

That's what it's all about

  • After successfully collecting signatures, two ambitious bike initiatives were submitted in Kriens and Emmen.

  • Within ten years, in A network of specially secured main bicycle routes will be created for the municipalities.

  • The main bicycle routes are supposed to connect the most important places and places safely and efficiently.

  • The initiative follows on from an initiative that Pro Velo will successfully bring to the city parliament in 2020 in the city of Lucerne was able to initiate a vote on far-reaching redesigns.

An uninterrupted network of main bicycle routes is to be created in Emmen and Kriens. The “Emmer Velonetz now!” Initiative is with 847 signatures and “Krienser Velonetz now!” submitted with 755 signatures, announced Pro Velo Luzern. The initiative calls for Kriens and Emmen to set up a network of main bicycle routes within ten years, on which “all cyclists, from the youngest to the oldest, can move safely and safely”. Main bicycle routes are specially secured tracks that all types of cyclists use to reach important destinations in the region. They would enable you to move forward smoothly and comfortably even over greater distances.

According to Pro Velo, problem areas in Kriens and Emmen are about

There is no direct, low-traffic connection between Schachenstrasse in Kriens and Feldmühle. There is also a lot of traffic on the Langsägestrasse-Schachenstrasse route. In the municipality of Emmen there are no fast and safe connections between Kapf/Rothenburg and Seetalplatz. The canton roads are also insufficiently developed for bicycles. Another major weak point is the Gersag intersection. Likewise, many bicycle connections are too narrow and dangerous.

A similar initiative has made a big difference in the city of Lucerne

The association launched a similar initiative in the city of Lucerne as early as 2020. The aim was to build a 20-kilometer-long network of bicycle lanes and paths in the city, in which cyclists can move separately from car traffic. However, the Lucerne city parliament rejected the initiative and instead voted for a counter-proposal from the city council.

The counter-proposal envisages building a 27-kilometer network of main bicycle routes in the city of Lucerne within ten years. With the counter-proposal, the city council is taking up the basic concerns of the initiators, but it is adapting the framework conditions so that a good quality network can be implemented, the city government announced in November. A special loan of CHF 19.53 million was requested for implementation. The referendum is expected to take place on May 15, 2022.

«Not an exclusive city-Lucerne topic»

The progress in the city of Lucerne has encouraged Pro Velo to go further: “The subject of bicycles is not exclusive to the city of Lucerne, but affects the agglomeration equally,” says Korintha Bärtsch, Co-President of Pro Velo Lucerne. The experience with Corona has made the need clear, more and more people are discovering the bicycle as a reliable and inexpensive means of transport. “However, the infrastructure for a safe journey still has gaps.”

Bund will focus more on bicycles in the future

For Bärtsch, however, there are other good reasons to rethink traffic, because: “In order to achieve the climate goals of the federal government, the canton and the municipalities, changes in mobility behavior are essential. We will not achieve these goals without shifting towards significantly more pedestrian and bicycle traffic. »

And indeed: In an analysis by the Federal Council published in mid-December, it looks very much like that hardly bypasses an infrastructure that is much more geared towards cycling. In the text, the Federal Council stipulates the objectives: “The development towards emission-free, smaller and slower vehicles contributes to better use of the cramped spatial conditions in cities and to the necessary reduction in CO2 emissions.”

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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