How to make kulmbach more attractive for cyclists?

As soon as the university campus in kulmbach starts teaching in two years, many young people will come to the city who want to get from a to b quickly. The bicycle is the perfect means of transport – if there is a good network of cycle paths and enough secure parking spaces. Both are still expandable in kulmbach, says professor stephan clemens of the university of bayreuth. The passionate cyclist is the founding dean of the kulmbach campus and is convinced: "if you make it possible, many more people will use the bike. In this case the offer creates the demand."

Three areas are particularly important to clemens and campus managing director matthias kaiser: the connections between and to the kulmbach campus buildings, rapid movement in the city center in general, and the train station and its immediate surroundings.

A short way to the MRI

Matthias kaiser sees a need for change in the area around the guterbahnhof, which is favored as a future campus location. "Something has to happen in terms of traffic engineering. Two busy roads have to be crossed between the site and the administration building in the spinnerei villa, and there is no direct connection to the city center." Kaiser thought it would be great if the planned bike path connection between guterbahnhof and the max-rubner-institute could be realized.

To niggle at a missing or at least incomplete bike path concept in and around kulmbach is far from clemens and kaiser’s mind, but they are convinced: "if we work together on good ideas now, everyone will benefit from it in the end."

The development into a university location is also seen as an opportunity at city hall to take up the topic of bicycle traffic in principle, says press spokesman simon ries. "Of course, the infrastructure has to keep up with the development, from the train connection to the opnv and bike paths to the high-speed internet. It’s all going to take on more meaning."

However, it would be premature at this point in time to speculate about bicycle path connections to and from the guterbahnhof area. "The location question has not yet been finally decided." The land negotiations have not yet been concluded. Only when it has been clarified where the campus will be located can further planning be undertaken.

Independently of this, the campus directors at the university of bayreuth are developing ideas for the future – and are happy to think a little more broadly in the process. Matthias kaiser: "we are a green faculty and want to not only teach a healthy lifestyle, but also live it. The people who study and work with us have the right attitude and want such opportunities."

The dream of the cycle track

Stephan clemens dreams of a bicycle expressway between bayreuth and kulmbach "on which you can ride quickly and safely without any obstacles". The university professor is aware that such a project cannot be implemented overnight. "But we believe it will enhance the attractiveness of the location." Unfortunately, there is not even a continuous cycle path from kulmbach to bayreuth.

The district of kulmbach is on the same page as the campus management when it comes to improving the public transport system and planning cycle paths, and would like to push ahead with the corresponding ideas. District administrator klaus peter sollner () has already written to government president heidrun piwernetz regarding the application for a campus bike path between the bayreuth and kulmbach sites. He advocates the creation of corresponding lighthouse projects not only in the metropolitan areas, but also in rural areas.

The campus brings new tasks for the district administration, says michael beck from the district office, who is responsible for public transport, among other things. Important tasks are a semester ticket for the opnv, but also a bicycle-friendly development and connection of the future campus area.

A concept is to emerge

The bike lanes and the current development planning along federal highway 85 are patchy, confirms andreas schulein of the district office’s high and civil engineering department. This is to change: "it is planned to have a cycle path concept drawn up for the district. We see ourselves first and foremost as a coordinator in this area."

The county rarely builds its own bike lanes. Why? Traffic volume on county roads is too low to generate a demand for bike lane construction. And along the federal roads is the state construction office responsible.