“When you build this bridge, we will only get really loud,” shouted the demonstrators at the Urfeld-Widdiger NATO ramp on Friday evening in unison. Hundreds had come to protest against the planned construction of a Rhine crossing.
Many of the men, women and children even had their own posters and banners labeled and painted. “No to the Rhine clasp” was also written on large banners that hang on the homes of the citizens in Urfeld and Widdig.
Demo against Rheinspange takes place on the left and right of the Rhine
While a rally planned by the ADFC Bornheim together with the Landscape Protection Association Vorgebirge (LSV), “Parents and Fridays for Future” and the citizens’ initiative “No to Rheinspange” took place on the banks of the Rhine on the left bank of the Rhine in Urfeld-Widdig at around 6.30 p.m., it was on the right bank of the Rhine the bike demo organized by the ADFC Bonn, which was also against the construction of a Rhine crossing, station.
“A modern freight train replaces 52 trucks,” said Bornheim’s ADFC chairman Stefan Wicht for those present. According to this, 1,000 trucks traveling from Rotterdam to Oberhausen or Mannheim could be replaced by just 20 freight trains, thereby relieving the burden on the roads, the environment and the climate.
Michael Pacyna from LSV also sees the problem that the construction of a Rhine crossing will also increase the construction of new commercial and residential areas in the region, but the area of the municipalities and urban areas will remain the same. “This means that more and more free spaces are disappearing,” he explained.
Citizens’ initiative “No to the Rhine clasp” also participates
The new citizens’ initiative “No to the Rheinspange”, founded just a few days ago, also advocates a zero version in the entire Cologne-Bonn area: “A new Rhine crossing is superfluous,” said its spokesman, Norbert Kemmer. The reasons for building a Rhine crossing declared in 2016 no longer exist due to the significantly increased importance of climate protection. Just like the ADFC, the citizens’ initiative is committed to promoting local public transport and rail transport.
In the end, Stefan Wicht gave everyone a few suggestions to take with them. He explained what everyone can do themselves to reduce traffic: Buy regionally. Rethink your own consumer behavior and check products for quality and recycling options before buying them and use public transport a lot more. Home office should also be promoted, cycling should be expanded and freight transport should be shifted from the road to the rails.
Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.
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