Businessmen see precedence for cyclists with suspicion

Oeder Weg in Frankfurt with heavily reduced car traffic – most of the dealers you talk to cannot imagine. Very few people can make friends with the parking garage on Querstraße either.

Lock: Even from the north, there should no longer be any road for cars into the Oeder Weg.

EAt a more unfortunate time, the city could not have chosen to present its concept for converting the Oeder Weg into a “bicycle-friendly side street”. Those who are economically affected, the dealers and traders, have little time for this in the run-up to Christmas. “Everyone is busy getting the best result despite Corona,” says Goran Dukic, who will open his fourth store on the shopping street on Saturday and, like many of his dealer colleagues, says: “We would have liked to have been asked beforehand.”

A Oeder Weg with heavily reduced car traffic – most of the dealers you talk to cannot imagine. Dukic with its shops for living, flowers and wine just as little as the fishmonger, hairdresser or fashion designer in the quarter. Very few people can make friends with the multi-storey car park on Querstraße. Too small, too far away, so the argument goes.

If things went as planned, “then I would have to close two stores,” says Dukic. “You can’t take my product range away by bike.” In addition, only one in five of his customers live in the neighborhood. But that doesn’t mean anything either, as Jürgen Ohrmann from the fish shop of the same name notes. He has known the street for 30 years. If it suits, the customer from the neighborhood comes by cargo bike, the next day by high-powered car. “The Oeder Weg has its own laws.”

It is still a thoroughfare. Which makes the fashion designer René Storck happy, since his business is moving into the focus of motorists. Heiko Hanel, internist in the practice in Nordend, on the other hand, cannot “understand at all” the necessity. There is also the Eschersheimer Landstrasse as an arterial road.

Hanel is the only clear supporter in the group. “I don’t think that’s a bad idea.” He believes that more bicycle traffic and fewer cars are necessary for environmental reasons alone. There was already a lack of parking spaces. It couldn’t get any worse. Patients can get on and off the bus right in front of the practice door. In addition, he is working on “one of the most dangerous crossings in Frankfurt” on the corner of Bornwiesenweg and Mittelweg. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists regularly get in each other’s way here. “There is a roar here every day,” says the doctor.

He gets six large truckloads a week

But how should the pallets with beverages and food get into the restaurants? Like the glasses and vases in the shop when the trucks are no longer allowed to park directly in front of the shop door? He currently gets six large truckloads a week, says Dukic. The planned loading zones are too far away. “Then the things come to me broken.” The dealer has another problem. Customers drive through Finkenhofstrasse to buy purchases from his Liebesdienste Home store. According to the plans, they are no longer allowed to drive into Oeder Weg, says Dukic. But since Finkenhofstrasse is a one-way street, they are not allowed to turn around.

And what about everyone who stops quickly at the Kröger bakery on the way to work in the morning to get a roll or to take their shirts to the dry cleaner? “The Oeder Weg is like a vein, the city underestimated that,” says Ohrmann. The fishmonger can still remember the renovation of the underground station in front of the National Library when cars from the north could no longer enter Oeder Weg. All dealers would have felt that. “The street was dead.”