What the red rag is for the bull in the arena is a speed limit for drivers on German roads. While the animal will probably still pounce on a piece of textile in a hundred years, drivers in this country will inevitably have to get used to speed limits more and more. Soon it could even hit one of the main traffic arteries in the Ebersberg district: the federal highway 304, which runs through the region from the Munich city limits to Wasserburg. While most of the villages remain largely unaffected, the market town of Kirchseeon is cut in half by the B304. What one could already guess is now clear from the expert opinion: the noise pollution for the residents is beyond the limit of damage to health.
So it’s understandable that the community has to respond in some way. The only option to at least reduce the load a little is a speed limit of 30 kilometers per hour throughout the town. That may deter some of the more than 17,000 drivers every day, but many of them are not really making any faster progress in the local area of the market community. Especially at peak times, one or the other would be happy if he could drive 30 kilometers per hour. As strange as it may sound at first, a speed limit could also help here. As can be seen from the expert report, such a project would not only reduce noise but also ensure a more regulated flow of traffic. Drive or stand at 30 km/h – that is the question.
In addition to noise reduction and traffic flow, there are two other arguments that take the horror out of a speed limit. If you drive more slowly, you are usually safer on the road – which is not to be scoffed at, especially in a densely populated area with several schools and kindergartens. And then, of course, there is climate protection: If you drive more slowly, you need less fuel and therefore emit less exhaust fumes into the air.
More and more municipalities in Germany and beyond are picking up on these points, which speak in favor of a speed limit – think of Paris, for example, where the speed limit is 30 in almost the entire city. It is therefore good that the topic has now arrived in the Ebersberg district and that Kirchseeon is the first municipality to take concrete steps.