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Laakirchen 2024 mobility concept

Pioneering mobility solutions for Laakirchen

The town of Laakirchen commissioned PLANUM Fallast & Partner GmbH to draw up an integrated mobility concept in spring 2024. This concept aims to make the city’s mobility sustainable and improve the quality of life of its citizens. The focus is on promoting active mobility, road safety and the creation of a barrier-free transport infrastructure.

Initial situation and task

PLANUM was already involved in the creation of the urban development vision in 2018/2019, together with the architecture firm INSTERA. Due to the dynamic developments in the mobility sector and changing objectives, the municipality of Laakirchen has decided to update the area of mobility and to show the city implementation options that will contribute to the fulfillment of objectives in the long term.

Transport policy objectives and principles

  1. Coordination with the 2019 urban development mission statement: The objectives of the mobility concept are based on the fields of action of the 2019 urban development mission statement.

  2. Road safety as a priority: The safety of all road users is the top priority, especially active mobility such as pedestrians and cyclists.

  3. Design concept for the city center (main square): Creation of an attractive and safe city center through traffic calming and fairer (street) space distribution.

  4. Sustainable mobility: Promotion of environmentally friendly forms of mobility such as walking, cycling and the use of public transport.

  5. Cooperation with the region: Close cooperation with neighboring municipalities to create an integrated mobility system.

  6. City of short distances: Promotion of local mobility in order to reach important destinations on foot or by bike within 15 minutes.

  7. Barrier-free accessibility: Ensuring that all citizens, including people with mobility impairments, can use public spaces without restriction.

Recommendations for action

Main square meeting zone

The transformation of the main square in Laakirchen into a pedestrian zone can lead to an increase in traffic safety and have a positive effect on the quality of life. The key data of the meeting zone are:

  • Traffic calming: Introduction of a speed limit of 20 km/h

  • Equitable distribution of space: adaptation of road space for equal use by all road users

  • Test phase and involvement of the population: Implementation of a test phase of at least six months to evaluate acceptance and optimization options.

Sustainable mobility for Laakirchen

Environmentally friendly forms of mobility are to be strengthened. The options for implementation/recommendations for action include

  • Promotion of non-motorized mobility: expansion of infrastructure for walking and cycling

  • Prioritization of public transport: improving the availability and accessibility of public transport

  • Integration of new forms of mobility: Introduction of car sharing, bike sharing and promotion of electromobility

Accessibility for all means of transportation

The recommendations for action to improve accessibility for all modes of transport include:

  • Barrier-free accessibility: Ensuring unrestricted use of public spaces for all citizens.

  • Multimodal nodes: Creation of linking points between different modes of transportation.

Design measures and traffic calming

In addition to the establishment of a pedestrian zone, additional design measures to calm traffic are recommended:

  • Ground markings and lowering of kerbs: Improving safety and accessibility through targeted structural measures

  • Unsealing and greening: creating rain gardens and other nature-based solutions to improve the quality of life and adapt to climate change

Strengthening active mobility

Active mobility is to be promoted through a dense network of footpaths and cycle paths as well as measures to increase road safety:

  • Routing: creating direct and seamless connections for pedestrians and cyclists

  • Ensure local supply in sub-areas: Promotion of self-service stores and other alternative solutions to ensure local supply.

With these recommendations for action, the Laakirchen 2024 mobility concept aims to accompany the town on its way to a sustainable and more liveable environment. PLANUM Fallast & Partner GmbH is committed to developing innovative and practice-oriented solutions that meet the needs of citizens.