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Falls noch jemand nicht so recht weiß, wen er/sie wählen am Sonntag soll, hier noch zwei kleine Wahlhilfen. Die IG-Fahrrad (Interessensgemeinschaft Fahrrad) hat allen Parteien einige Fragen zum Radverkehr in Wien gestellt und diese auf ihrem Blog zusammengefasst. Natürlich sind auch alle Antworten im Original verfügbar.
Auch die FSFE (Free Software Foundation Europe) hat den Parteien einige Fragen zum Thema Open Source und offene Standards gestellt. Die Zusammenfassung und die Antworten im Original sind auf ihrer Homepage verfügbar.
Ich hab gerade entdeckt, dass die Mariahilfer Grünen eine Petition zum Lückenschluß des Wiental-Radweges im Bereich des Naschmarktes aufgelegt haben. Der Wiental-Radweg ist zwar als gesamtes recht nervig, da er mit möglichst geringen Platzverbrauch entlang der Wien hingequetscht wurde und man deshalb ständig mit engen Kurven, unübersichtlichen Straßenquerungen und anderen Unannehmlichkeiten konfrontiert wird. Aber das alles ist scheinbar noch genug, bei der Kettenbrückengasse ist es dann ganz aus und man darf entweder auf die Gumpendorferstraße oder die Margaretenstraße/Operngasse ausweichen um in die Innenstadt zu gelangen. Oder man traut es sich, der “Autobahn” der rechten Wienzeile zu folgen.
Ich hab selber schon mal beim Magistrat nachgefragt, ob nicht ein Lückenschluß beim Naschmarkt geplant ist, mir wurde aber ausweichend geantwortet, dass noch keine Lösung für die verlorengehenden Parkplätze gefunden wurde. Nun, meiner Meinung nach sind fahrende Räder besser als stehende Autos. Gegenmeinungen? Ich würde mich in den Kommentaren über eine Diskussion freuen.
Wie auch immer, ich möchte Euch hiermit aufrufen, Euch an der Petition zu beteiligen und Eure Namen dafür herzugeben.
As you might know, every year one or two smaller cities in Europe get the label “Cultural Capital of Europe”. After my experiences in my home town Graz in 2003, my anticipation for Linz 2009 was pretty high (and the Pflasterspektakel last year). In Graz this was a festival for the whole population, because there were many temporary installations, e.g. all street lights in the inner city were coloured alternating green and blue, or the running gag that every triple repetition of an object got a big letter “3″ to it (you could find it in many shop windows, on posters and in the city landscape).
Unfortunately I was really disappointed about Linz this time. If you just walk the city you don’t get, that you are walking through a cultural capital, just some advertisements points you to it. For sure there are many exhibitions, and there’s the newly built Ars Electronica Centre with it’s big stairs – a new hang-out for the youths. In my opinion it’s important that culture doesn’t reside behind walls, in rooms were you might even have to pay for the entrance. Culture has to be everywhere, so that the inhabitants get influenced by it too, and that they become a part of it. You should be surprised every now and then.
The most annoying thing was the traffic in the inner city. For sure it’s not much traffic, but every now and then I had to avoid a car. You can’t concentrate on the exploration of the city, and they don’t fit on pictures. Worst on the main square, it was really noisy. It was also hard to find a place to sit and relax, most squares are just empty, no benches, chairs or other amenities.
One notable exception was the exploration of the Nazi-past of Linz. During Hitler Linz became a big industrial city, many settlements were built in that time. On many places you could read about what happend there during this dark chapter of Linz. There’s a webpage to it, in case you are interested: In Situ Linz 09. One of the representative buildings which was built in that time are the bridge head buildings (Brückenkopfbauten) between Nibelungen-bridge and main square. This year parts of the façade were removed, to visualize the construction and the conditions how it was built, accompanied by information in the windows.
You know, I’m a passionate cyclist. But since my bike got stolen in middle of October, I’m without a ride here in Sofia. I didn’t really miss it, because this place is just not made for cycling.
But, something amazing happened :) A friend of my mother, Nordfried, was doing a cycle tour from Novi Sad in Serbia to Vidin in the very north-west of Bulgaria along the Danube. To go back to their home country (Germany) they came to Sofia and wrote me an e-mail beforehand if I would be willing to help them with train tickets and show them around a little bit. For sure, I like being a guide, I myself always learn something new. After helping with train tickets Nordfried offered me to take his bike – he had just bought it in Novi Sad and has no use for it in Germany. I’m feeling so flattered … I’m very happy about it. But still I’m afraid to use it, because I don’t want it to be stolen again. And I need a good place for the night. First I need a good lock!
Two days later on Saturday, there was an invitation to a “bike parade” through Sofia, to demand more bicycle lanes. As I have my new ride now, it was mandatory for me to go there. And I was really amazed, I think there were more than 2000 people. I didn’t even think there were so many bikes in Sofia (ok, I’m kidding). Afterwards there was a small party in the “Kolodrum”, a former bicycle arena, but I decided to go to the night of museums with free entrance. I think Sofia needs some more years, but finally it could become a good place!
In the last days I read in my newspaper, that – maybe due to the financial crisis – many more people uses bikes for their everyday ways in Vienna as in the last years. At the most important counting point – at the Ring near the State Opera – there’s an increase of about 25% to the last year. On other points, Lassallestraße, Kennedybrücke and Langobardenstraße the increase is about 50% (more statistics). This is really great news, I hope that the politicians now feel the need to do something (for example find a good solution for the cycle route at the Ring).
My new bike!
After cycling down Zarogradsko Shose before Orlov Most
In the Kolodrum, where the participants got numbers (stickers for the bike)