ECOGIS Geomatics -
Concerning the topic of inner-city traffic there are as many
opinions as disputants. To solve problems in this field, it is
inevitable to find an independent consultant and surveyor. Often, like
in the case of the Old Town of Dinkelsbühl, you find out that a precise
analysis of the situation can uncover misinterpretations of the real
situation by citizens and politicians. Concerning the traffic in the
Old Town of Dinkelsbühl the public discussion made the following
assumptions for quite a long time:
1. "The main artery roads are less densely inhabitated than the
peripheral regions of the Old Town"
2. "There are too few parking lots in the Old Town"
Both assumptions proved to be wrong. It was discovered that the main
artery roads are the most desely inhabitated streets, whereas the
peripheral regions are rarely drivenand inhabitated. Further it appears
that 73% of the whole duration of stay is called on by cars that stay
over 75 min in the Old Town (though there is a maximum parking time of
The example of Dinkelsbühl shows, how important it is to have a good
analysis of the situation, in order to find the right options for
actions. Just imagine, the picturesque Old Town of Dinkelsbühl would be
permanently reduced to a mere shortcut...
You can find the wohle work "Altstadtambiente und Individualverkehr"
(German language) here.
Img. 1: Inhabitants per 10m
road length (source: Dinkelsbühl registration office, own illustration)
Img. 2: Cars
between 8 am and 6 pm at selected positions in the Old Town of
Dinkelsbühl (own survey and illustration).
Img. 3: The parking time
multiplied with the number of cars results in a sum of hours for each
"typical" duration of stay. The illustration shows the relative parts
of these sums of hours and thereby shows, which durations of stay are
dominating (own survey and illustration).
Johannes Weigel, Jul. 22, 2004