We demonstrate on the highway! – July 17th
The climate crisis continues to advance and the transport sector is the only one that has not reduced its greenhouse gas emissions for decades – improved efficiency continues to be “compensated” by more, bigger and heavier cars. At the same time, the fact-free myth continues to be propagated that traffic bottlenecks can be solved by building new and expanding existing expressways and highways. In the process, large quantities of emissions are released, intact natural areas are cut up or destroyed, and agricultural areas are simply concreted over.
This may not continue!
That’s why we will be demonstrating by bike on the highway on July 17!
We will meet at 2 p.m. on the square of the Old Synagogue (“Platz der Alten Synagoge”). After an opening rally, we will take the B31 autobahn feeder road to the A5 autobahn, which we will use to get to the North exit, where an intermediate rally will take place. From there, we will take the B294 and B3 back to Freiburg, where we will conclude on the square of the Old Synagogue once again loudly and resolutely demanding a real traffic turnaround. You can find our complete demands here:
On Monday, June 20, Volker Quaschning, the famous scientist and professor for regenerative energy systems will come to Freiburg (all the way from Berlin) to lecture on Energy Transition!
Quaschning, who together with Gregor Hagedorn, founded the Scientists For Future, recieved the German Solar Prize, a special honorary award, for his personal commitment to this cause in 2020.
It is such an honor that he is travelling all the way to Freiburg, where, in his lecture titled Turning the Tide and Climate Crisis – Why We Need a Real Energy Revolution Now, he will describe the catastrophic dimensions of the current climate situation and present solutions and a strategy that explains how the energy transition can be made possible.
The lecture will take place at 8:00pm on Monday, June 20, 2022 in Lecture Hall 1010 of Kollegiengebaude (KG) 1.
The lecture will take place in German.
For those who cannot be there in person, the lecture will be streamed live and will be available here afterwards:
On Thursday, June 2, starting at 11 am we will be back on the streets for the third rave on Rempartstraße (in front of the Mensa Rempartstraße)!
As always with good music, happy vibes and possibly some sweets.
To start, some good news: the initial report, which stated that the City of Freiburg wanted to lift the restrictions on the one-way traffic and reinstate two-way traffic on the Rempartstraße, has been revoked. As it stands the City of Freiburg has stated that this was never the case – the one-way traffic would remain as is.
However, for a sustainable and safe bike/pedestrian space we need to go further.
Our demand: Restrict (ban) motor traffic and motor vehicles completely on the Rempartstraße and repurpose the existing parking garages.
So come onto the street and dance with us to push for faster and effective changes in the city’s traffic infrastructure.
The current traffic infrastructure in the City of Freiburg is greatly diminishing the quality of life and dangerously affecting the safety of pedestrians and bikers. The Rempartstraße, located between the Mensa and University Building 1 [Kollegiegebaude 1], cuts through the middle of a central hub of student life. The street allows for thorough traffic and access to the parking garages. However, this leads to increasingly dangerous situations between motor vehicles and pedestrians, especially during the hours of operation of the Mensa.
Furthermore, the advances of climate change do not leave any time to hesitate. It is essential that the existing infrastructure be changed to help the planet. Downtown areas [Innenstädte] must be freed from motor vehicles – especially in the so-called “bike city Freiburg”.
Therefore we demand that motor vehicles and traffic be banned completely on the Rempartstraße from the intersection Kaiser-Joesph-Straße to Werthmannstraße.
Another issue we can address through this demand (and the change in infrastructure) is the lack of affordable housing and bike racks (for normal and cargo bikes). The existing parking spaces are always filled during the peak hours of university activity which in turn compromises space for pedestrians.
Here we demand that the parking garage on the side towards the Breisacher Tor be repurposed for affordable housing and the university parking garage be repurposed into a garage for bikes.