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Because of SUVs and Co. - The federal government is calling for wider roads

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Cars, bicycles, pedestrians: there is always more of everything, says Benno Schmid from the Federal Roads Office (Astra). "We will have more and more mixed traffic, so we need more space on the roads." The focus is on security. “The cars have become wider in the last few decades, partly because of road safety. The bikes have also gotten wider. " According to Schmid, the lanes also have to be wider so that these two road users do not get in each other's way.

Most cars are made wider

Not only the off-road vehicles, but also the other types of cars are spreading: The first VW Golf was 1.6 meters, the current version 1.8 meters. The new Golf is therefore 20 centimeters wider.

Adapting the streets for this is out of the question, says Michael Töngi. He is a board member of the Swiss Transport Club (VCS) and sits on the National Council for the Greens. “We have big problems in climate policy. The mobility sector in particular does not achieve its goals. The cars are getting bigger and heavier. We certainly don't have to promote that with wider roads. "

SP National Councilor Matthias Aebischer also warns of the Paris climate agreement, according to which Switzerland would have to halve its CO2 emissions by 2030. In principle, the President of Pro Velo has nothing against adapting the standard to the width of the street.

Then the cars may only be able to drive in a single lane. It remains to be seen whether this is what the car lobby wants.
Author: Matthias Aebischer National Council (SP / BE)

But: if wider streets, then for those that emit hardly any CO2, i.e. for cyclists and pedestrians. Therefore, the norm for wider roads can be implemented differently than some drivers would like. “If you change the norm and the cars need more space on the road, then that might mean that the cars can only drive in one lane. It remains to be seen whether that is what the car lobby wants. "

More accidents on wide streets?

The Association of Transport Experts, which wants to adapt the standard for the roads, claims to have over 2000 members. They are representatives from companies, technical offices and from cantonal and communal offices. The Federal Roads Office and the Advice Center for Accident Prevention (BfU) are also represented. The latter had resisted a first version to adapt this standard.

Bfu spokesman Marc Kipfer says the plan was to widen the streets by up to one meter. Too much for the Bfu: “We know from accident research that roads that are too wide tempt you to drive faster. And that is counterproductive, you tend to have more accidents. "

Behind a widening with a measure - Kipfer speaks of up to 20 centimeters - the advice center for accident prevention, however, could stand.

We know from accident research that roads that are too wide tempt you to drive faster. You tend to have more accidents there.
Author: Marc KipferAdvice for Accident Prevention

The width of the street becomes a political issue

The transport experts are soon brooding over a new proposal to adapt this standard. Then she goes into the consultation.

Usually politicians have nothing to say about building standards. However, they have the opportunity to address such norms in their commissions and to bring them to the councils. In this case, it is already becoming apparent that the future street width in Switzerland will become a political issue.

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  • Comment from Henriette Rub (ehb)
    And why do dad and mommy need the SUV? They use it to cart the offspring to school and sport etc. so that the poor children and young people don't have to walk. I can see that every day. In principle, a small car would be sufficient for many, but not for their own demands in terms of status symbols.
    Agree agree to the comment
  • Comment from Ernst Boller (BOER)
    Where the space for the widening will come from is written in the stars.
    Agree agree to the comment
  • Commentary by M. Kaiser (clear view)
    A very strange demand - with the current building madness, see that the log houses are again padded to the old road borders as in the times of the wagons, up to 4 meters. How can bike paths and wider streets be built?
    Agree agree to the comment

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