Public transportation and cabs
It is not only first-time visitors to the Bavarian metropolis who repeatedly show their amazement at how easily and uncomplicated all important locations in Munich can be reached by public transport. The city attaches great importance to an attractive public transport system, especially for environmental reasons and this progress shows in Munich’s economy as well.
The bus stops were built in such a way that it is easy for elderly people or mothers with children to get on the bus. Special traffic lights give priority to buses and streetcars, which automatically saves time for the individual passenger and has a positive effect on the profitability of the respective transport company. An ingenious radio system ensures that green light is given to the arriving vehicle several hundred meters before the intersection.
The most individual means of transport for those in a hurry or with a lot of luggage is still the cab. According to a report by the ADAC, Munich has the second best cab drivers in Germany. And that with no less than 25,000 trips a day. The cab meters were turned on properly, almost half of the drivers helped to load the luggage and the vehicles were neat and clean inside and out.
Construction sites, pedestrians and cyclists
The City of Munich has also taken measures in the area of construction sites and has installed appropriate aerial cabling using mobile masts. In this way, the traffic control can always be adapted to the respective construction project. And pedestrians passing through the construction site area were also taken care of. Provisional pedestrian protection systems enable passers-by to claim their “green” at the necessary points.
Especially in the area of visually impaired pedestrians, acoustic and tactile signal transmitters were installed. These tactile signal transmitters have a tactile direction arrow on the underside of the yellow housing box, which points in the walking direction and vibrates during the release.
But also as a cyclist you are in good hands in Munich. The city has a bicycle network of 1,200 km. This makes the Bavarian metropolis the most bicycle-friendly city in Europe. Well-signposted cycle paths make it easy to explore Munich and its surroundings, even at night, in bad weather and in winter.
Weatherproof, safe and easily accessible parking spaces are also provided. Free bicycle safety checks are offered several times a year for new citizens, where you can have your bike checked for roadworthiness.
Traffic safety in Munich
In the Bavarian capital, great importance is attached to security. As a result, 80-85 percent of the road network has 30 speed limit zones. This regulation puts Munich at the top of the list compared to other German cities. The 350 or so crosswalks that Munich has introduced also show the consistency with which the police, the district committees and the road construction office are addressing the issue of safety in urban traffic.
The fear-free way to school should be guaranteed. For this reason, the sidewalks in Munich are also in good structural condition. The use of the numerous school route services also ensures that absolute freedom from accidents does not have to be a utopia.
After all, the 150,000 children who are on the road every day should be able to get to school and back home without danger. The fact that Munich’s citizens take traffic safety more seriously than many other cities can be seen from the fact that the Bavarian Administrative Court has revised its jurisdiction.
The basis for this decision was the behavior of a female driver who was sent for a medical-psychological examination (MPU) despite a blood alcohol level of 1.28 per thousand. Until now, the limit for such a measure was 1.6 per mille. Conversely, this would mean that in Munich, expert reports and MPUs could be necessary from as little as 0.3 per mille in connection with an alcohol-related driving error. Transport and Mobility in Munich is progressive.