On the Lower Rhine.
Commuters in particular could benefit from an approximately 17 km connection between Krefeld, Willich and Mönchengladbach.
A feasibility study sees great potential for a cycle expressway from Krefeld via Willich to Mönchengladbach. The experts from the Aachen-based engineering office Berg & Partner say that an average of more than 2,000 cyclists can be expected on the connection, which is just over 17 kilometers long.
The political committees of the municipalities will be advised on the study in the next few weeks, the Viersen district announced on Friday (May 8, 2020). The experts see good chances that the state of North Rhine-Westphalia will support the construction. According to the study, there are even more than 5,000 cyclists a day between Krefeld and the north of Willich, and around 3,500 in Willich’s urban area.
Allow: the “RSV KR-WI-MG”
The experts are convinced that the rapid cycle path, which in the planning has the somewhat crunchy abbreviation “RSV KR-WI-MG”, could save a large number of car trips – commuters in particular would benefit. In addition to residential areas, there are important commercial areas with a total of 1200 companies and 24,000 employees on the route, which could largely be realized on a disused railway line.
About 50% of the route is in Willich’s urban area, where the Alleen Cycle Path is already available. Areas in Mönchengladbach and Krefeld are still owned by rail. Bahn AG supports the project explicitly and actively, its area development company is the client of the feasibility study.
Basis for discussions with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia
The ideas for a cycle expressway were born from inter-municipal cooperation. “I am pleased that the planning is now picking up speed,” said Viersen’s district administrator Andreas Coenen (CDU). The positive result of the feasibility study is considered the first step on the way to a possible realization and is the basis for discussions with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia about financing.
Cycle highways must meet certain standards, for example they must be four meters wide. There should be as little time loss as possible from stopping and waiting. “Ideally”, the route is illuminated, the Viersen district says.