Road redevelopment Bonn International School wants to share in the costs
Bonn-Plittersdorf · The city proposes a redevelopment of Martin-Luther-King-Straße in the American settlement.
Dangerous situations repeatedly occur around Bonn International School, for example due to cars turning, a confusing right of way regulation and an incorrectly located zebra crossing. The city of Bonn wants to remedy the situation by redeveloping the Martin-Luther-King-Straße and will present its proposals to the Bad Godesberg district council for consultation on 5 September.
73,000 euros for road redevelopment, 37,000 euros for cycle racks
Following consultation with the school, the city council proposes the following changes: The access road to the car park will be rebuilt and the pavement will be extended to make it continuous. The whole thing is to be designed in such a way that the car park exit no longer looks like a regular street and therefore the right of way is clearly regulated.
The pedestrian crossing will be moved to the level of the footpath to Steubenring, so that in future it leads directly to the main entrance of the school. The roadway is to be narrowed in this area and bordered with edging stones to calm the traffic. In the last section of Martin-Luther-King-Strasse, the temporarily narrowed road is to be re-widened so that cars no longer have to turn in front of the school. Currently, the road is so narrow that vehicles cannot pass. At a meeting on site it became clear that vehicles often block each other when entering and leaving.
In its presentation, the city council reported that "the proposed measures to improve road safety are estimated to cost around 73,000 euros." The redevelopment is only selective. According to the city, “only temporary structures are being dismantled in some cases.” For this reason, local residents will not share in the costs. Bonn International School would contribute 10,000 euros for the reconstruction of the access road to the car park because this is partly on the school grounds.
During the road reconstruction, the council also proposes to replace the old bike racks, so-called front-wheel holders, with proper bike stands to improve the quality of the storage system. This will cost an estimated 37,000 euros. The school wants to contribute 10,000 euros here too, because the bike stands are often used by the pupils. One of the reasons behind the planned changes was a citizens' motion last year calling for improvements for pedestrians and cyclists. The city also discussed the traffic situation with representatives of the international school.
(Original text: Bettina Köhl, Translation: Caroline Payne)