Once the Westring Bridge is completed and passable in autumn 2024, the Nibelungen Bridge in Linz will be completely closed to car traffic. The bridge should be available (next to the tram) for cyclists and pedestrians. With this demand yesterday, City Councilor Eva Schobesberger (Greens) drew attention during a press conference.
It is a more radical variant of the blocking of one lane of the bridge for bicycle traffic, which has been promised for years by three different traffic officers – Markus Hein (FP), Bernhard Baier and Martin Hajart (both VP).
“We are in the middle of the climate crisis,” said Schobesberger and sees the room for maneuver becoming smaller and smaller. There is a change in thinking among those responsible for politics in the city, but “when it comes to concrete action, then we have to get going first”.
Instead of building more roads and sacrificing trees, Linz should give people space and space back, Schobesberger demanded. The city councilor countered the expected outcry from motorists and their supporters by pointing out that the new bridges would provide two more lanes for individual traffic than was the case with the three old bridges.
In view of the millions of euros that would be “counterproductively invested in outdated motorway projects”, the switch towards a climate-neutral city should be promoted in view of the climate and energy crisis and inflation.
Linz is offering four new subsidies from the environmental department: energy advice for clubs, e-car sharing for private initiatives, green solar roofs and the construction of charging infrastructure for multi-storey residential buildings. Together with existing subsidies – from cargo bikes to heating changes and inner courtyard greening – a total of 275,000 euros are paid out annually from the city’s energy saving and environmental fund. This funding amount will be used in full.
The VP and the climate ticket
If the Linz ÖVP has its way, the climate ticket must be significantly cheaper. With the core zones (Linz, Wels, Steyr) it currently costs 695 euros in Upper Austria. Traffic officer Martin Hajart envisages that the price (including core zones) should only be 365 euros in the future. This should be possible with the support of the federal government.
Environment Minister Leonore Gewessler (Greens) is called upon to take action here, especially at a time when ÖBB has once again postponed the important four-track expansion between the main station and Kleinmünchen. As reported, the new target completion date is 2032. Hajart is convinced that the climate, the people and the entire city would benefit from a price reduction.