Many European cities and towns have been enforcing 30 mph since this year. There are also calls for Vienna to lower the speed limit, but there is no widespread support for a citywide 30.
As of this week, 90 percent of the streets in Paris are a 30 zone. In Vienna, too, more and more are slowly being added, such as Thaliastrasse in the Ottakring district from December. Especially in the seventh district (Neubau) there are many 30er limits.
Speed limits of 30 already apply on about two thirds of Vienna’s road network, mostly in residential areas. However, most of the main traffic arteries are 50 km/h zones.
For the Austrian Traffic Club (VCÖ), reduced speed means less risk of accidents and more safety. That is why it is calling for an area-wide speed limit for Vienna. This would also reduce traffic noise and significantly improve traffic flow.
Criticism from ÖAMTC, city skeptical
The ÖAMTC counters that reducing the speed limit would have the opposite effect: 30 km/h on the main roads would cause more traffic jams, which in turn would lead to more exhaust fumes.
For the time being, there will be no “yes” from the political side to the city-wide 30, as “Wien heute” reports. Sometimes one does not want to “brake in” the public transport.
source: vienna.at/picture: pixabay.com
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