Gelnhausen Transportation

  • The Schmidtgasse as a Play Street
    The Schmidtgasse as a Play Street
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  • Actually playing on a play street
    Actually playing on a play street
    by Nemorino
  • 1. Bicycle route R3 near Gelnhausen
    1. Bicycle route R3 near Gelnhausen
    by Nemorino

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    Bicycle routes in the Kinzig Valley

    by Nemorino Updated Dec 8, 2010

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    1. Bicycle route R3 near Gelnhausen
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    1. Bicycle route R3 near Gelnhausen
    2. The R3 in the woods upstream from Gelnhausen
    3. ADFC hotline and website

    In tips on my Bad Orb and Steinau an der Straße pages I have already mentioned the regional bicycle route R3, which goes along the Main River to Hanau, from there up the Kinzig Valley to Fulda and then on to Tann in the Rhön.

    The R3 is well-signposted and is mostly car-free, since it uses small access roads that were originally made for farmers or for the forest service. The downside of this is that the route tends to zigzag a bit, to follow these small roads along property lines or to take advantage of existing bridges and underpasses. This means that the bicycle route is slightly longer than the roads made for cars, which tend to go in a straight line with little regard for anything that used to be in the way.

    A very welcome recent improvement is that the General German Bicycle Club (ADFC), of which I am proud to be a member, has now posted notices all along the route (third photo) listing a telephone number and website that cyclists can contact for information or to report any damage to the route or the signage.

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    Actually playing on a play street

    by Nemorino Updated Dec 8, 2010

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    Actually playing on a play street



    This is the one place in Gelnhausen where I saw some people actually playing on a play street.

    Three children and one adult were throwing a ball around and shooting some baskets in this very short and narrow play street (a short section of Herlengasse, I believe), despite the illegally parked car that effectively made the "play street" even shorter and narrower than it already is.

    Not ideal, but at least it's a start.

    (I hope they didn't put any dents or scratches on the car, as that would be a sacrilege in car-worshiping Germany.)

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    Play Streets and Traffic Calming

    by Nemorino Written Dec 8, 2010

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    The Schmidtgasse as a Play Street



    Gelnhausen as I remember it from the 1970s was an automotive nightmare, with huge creeping traffic jams extending the entire length of the city and then coming together in front of the U.S. Army caserne at an intersection where left turns were necessary but practically impossible.

    So we all breathed a sigh of relief when the A-66 motorway (Autobahn) was opened. Of course the A-66, like most motorways, soon generated enough additional traffic to create new and larger traffic jams, but at least these are now out on the motorway itself and no longer in the center of town, so Gelnhausen has definitely profited.

    In 2010 Gelnhausen is still a rather car-infested city, but they have made some tentative progress in traffic calming and have even declared a few of their streets to be play streets, which means:

    --Walking speed must not be exceeded.
    --Pedestrians are allowed to use the entire width of the street.
    --Children are allowed to play everywhere.
    --Parking only in designated areas.
    --A high degree of mutual consideration on the part of all road users is necessary.

    Even the Schmidtgasse in the center of Gelnhausen has been declared a play street, but here it doesn't work because the street is rather steep. Cars going up the hill tend to go much faster than walking speed so they won't stall. This means that no sensible child would ever play here, but at least pedestrians do feel free to walk on the street sometimes.

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