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Munich: More space for cyclists and pedestrians in the Altstadtring - Munich

Munich: More space for cyclists and pedestrians in the Altstadtring – Munich

The Thomas-Wimmer-Ring has been significantly upgraded: large trees have grown over the multi-storey car park, and park benches invite you to rest. Only the noise of the cars remained – although the number of lanes decreased.

The new multi-storey car park at Thomas-Wimmer-Ring has been in operation for a good year. Now the rooftop has been completed, the design by the office of landscape architect Jühling and Köppel significantly develops the busy ring at this point. On Wednesday, construction company Wöhr + Bauer, which built the “Hofbräuhaus parking garage” from February 2017 to February 2021, operated the converted area with members of the city council and members of the district committee (BA) Altstadt-Lehel. There is also the completed second section of the Altstadt-Radlring with bike paths 2.30 to 2.80 meters wide.

Of course, the noise of cars, trucks and motorbikes remained, despite reducing the number of lanes from six to four. However, Andrea Stadler-Bachmeyer (the Greens), head of the Altstadt Library Lehel (the Greens), sees a win for all. Because the new underground car park with 520 parking spaces has contributed to a significant decrease in traffic looking for a parking space in the area. In addition, there is a large green area with a total of 58 new trees, the trunk circumference of which was already 40-45 cm when planted.

Big trees grow even on the roof of the underground car park

The trees are small-leafed lime and Norwegian maple. These are the so-called core roots, which, according to Wöhr + Bauer, can also reach great heights in urban areas and have a root area of ​​more than one and a half metres. Five years ago, Bund Naturschutz (BN) announced that no large trees would grow in underground parking and, given the building plans, clearly indicated that the builders had invented a rootless tree. “Munich’s miracle” was the satirical headline in BN’s ad at the time.

At the time, Wöhr + Bauer captured conservationists with good humor and also took on the new challenges brought by the 2019 cycling decision. Because the minimum width of the cycle paths required adjustments to plans. The result can be seen today. Despite the fact that the trees have been cut down, there is more green than before, and pedestrians can sit on new park benches in between. The BA Vice President, Wolfgang Püschel (SPD), also praised the design. But local politicians are not completely satisfied. Wolfgang Püschel thinks Isartorplatz should finally be redesigned.