Bamberg on the way to becoming a bicycle-friendly community

The admission of the city of bamberg as a member of the working group of bicycle-friendly municipalities in bavaria (AGFK) is recommended – so the conclusion of a four-headed delegation of the state association, led by its leader sarah guttenberger. Mayor andreas starke (SPD) was convinced of the bamberger strengths and at the same time announced: "it is our claim to want to become better and not to rest on our laurels." The "main evaluation" required for membership is to take place if possible in 2019, it says in the message from the city hall.
Johannes ziegler from the bavarian state ministry of housing, construction and transport emphasized at the end of the all-day "preparatory visit the potential of the world heritage city of bamberg to meet the demanding admission criteria. The objective of the visit was to evaluate the status of bicycle-friendliness and to determine recommendations for the municipality in connection with the admission procedure. The delegation, supplemented by the local traffic watch and representatives of the german bicycle club (ADFC), was able to get a good picture of the bamberg situation.

Positive conclusion

The day’s program was divided into a theoretical part with presentations by thomas beese, head of the city’s construction department, and the city’s traffic planning department on the status of cycling in bamberburg, as well as a tour of the city’s surroundings.
In the end, the AGFK cycling experts drew a positive conclusion: a committed and open-minded administration, diverse working groups and an exchange of the various interests and stakeholders were praised, as was the infrastructure found with open one-way streets and cul-de-sacs, bicycle lanes or the exemplary bicycle parking garage at brennerstrabe.
In the case of the latter, however, there was also a desire for actions to increase the utilization rate. The current update of the traffic development plan with its comments on the topic of bicycle traffic and the specially published bicycle city plan were also very pleasing. Positive also the effort – under not always easy framework conditions – to intensively examine and investigate possibilities for improving the cycling infrastructure. An effective parking space statute, citizen dialogue to report praise and criticism and deficiency indicators as well as e-pedelecs for the administration were also praised, as was participation in the nationwide "stadtradeln" (city cycling) program with its own special competition for schools.
But recommendations were also made. Thus, the establishment of an additional dedicated position of "cycling officer full time or more staff for implementation. At the current 30 percent, a further increase in the share of bicycle traffic would be ambitious, but possible. For this, however, the decision on a concrete target – five percent in the next seven years was proposed – was absolutely necessary. At the same time, cooperation with the district and in particular the surrounding municipalities should be strengthened, also with a view to the commuter issue. To achieve this, it is necessary to create structures and to work together on a project-oriented basis.

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Spd and unions are getting closer again

Spd and unions are getting closer again

There are still a number of differences to be resolved regarding retirement at 67 and the level of pensions, as the leaders of the SPD and the DGB freely admitted after a meeting.

The newly crowned SPD candidate for chancellor, peer steinbruck, summed up the relationship as follows: "the trade union movement and the SPD are relatives. But they don’t live in a housing community. That’s why there’s a whole series of commonalities. But we also differ on one or two points. But we deal with each other in such a way that we can talk about it."

The fact that the meeting took place one day after steinbruck’s unanimous nomination is, in the words of DGB head michael sommer, due solely to "the coincidence of colleagues. The date had been agreed for a long time. "We have worked out both differences and commonalities on the issue of pensions."

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Spo-chief wants to ask members a question of trust

Spo-chief wants to ask members a question of trust

The head of the austrian social democrats wants to let the members of the spo decide on her future at the head of the party. Pamela rendi-wagner said she wanted to ask the question of confidence in the context of a member survey in march and april.

She is convinced that both she and the entire social democracy need the trust and support of the grassroots.

The 48-year-old has recently come in for considerable criticism. Your party had received only 21.2 percent of the votes in the national council election in september 2019 – a minus of 5.7 percent compared to the elections in fall 2017.

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Geiselwind wants to get to the panorama trail

Geiselwind wants to get to the panorama trail

That geiselwind should be connected to the steigerwald panorama hiking trail was not a question at the meeting of the geiselwind town council. There has not yet been a decision on how this is to be done because of the costs.

The multi-award-winning certified hiking trail runs in nine stages from bad windsheim to bamberg and touches the area of the market town near grafenneuses. A route to geiselwind would be desirable for the rate as well as for the steigerwaldklub, it was said in the course of the meeting. The aim is therefore to connect the village of geiselwind via a hiking trail.

When the route was designated a few years ago, the route to geiselwind was rejected by the route planners. The reason given for the refusal at the time was the poor quality of the route to geiselwind. Deputy mayor annemarie mauer pleaded in the meeting to approve the preliminary concept of a link to geiselwind, which had been tested and drawn up by the leader working group in the district. Accordingly, the mabnahme uber the nature park demand with half of the costs will be required. The cost of materials, such as information boards and signposts, was estimated at around 4010 euros.

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Girlfriend of ukip chief racially insults meghan markle

girlfriend of ukip chief racially insults meghan markle

After racist remarks about prince harry’s fiancee, there is a lot of trouble in the right-wing populist ukip party. The 25-year-old girlfriend of ukip chairman henry bolton had extremely insulted meghan markle and was expelled from the party for it.

The u.S. Actress markle has african american roots on her mother’s side. On sunday they increased the calls for bolton to resign from office after the incident.

According to the "mail on sunday", the 25-year-old had sent messages to a friend in which she made deeply derogatory remarks about markle and all people of black skin color. She also warned that markle was paving the way for a dark-skinned king in great britain. Heir to the throne is prince charles, prince william is on the second and harry currently on the fifth place in the line of succession.

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Antitrust authority to examine takeover of kabel deutschland

The head of the german federal cartel office, andreas mundt, stressed in bonn on wednesday that takeovers in the german cable market require intensive scrutiny. It remains to be seen whether this investigation will be conducted by the bonn authority or at EU level.

In the past, too, the antitrust authorities have always kept a close eye on the cable market. Most recently, they threw a spanner in the works of kabel deutschland and prevented the takeover of the smaller berlin-based provider tele columbus.

The acquisition of unitymedia and kabelbw and the subsequent merger of the two providers to become number two on the german market by the U.S. Cable giant was also only permitted by the authority under strict conditions.

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