Politicians from the Union and FDP as well as the ADAC react skeptically to demands from climate protectionists, cyclists and pedestrians to create more space on the street.

Each city has to decide for itself, said the Union's transport expert in the Bundestag, Alois Rainer (CSU).

"It is important, however, that such a transformation does not happen for ideological reasons in order to punish motorists. There must also be enough space for cars in cities."

ADAC traffic president Gerhard Hillebrand said to demands to convert more car lanes into cycle paths in cities, this must be carefully considered on site.

Since buses and trains are currently less used, cars and bicycles are particularly in demand.

"Playing both off against each other makes little sense."

He called for "holistic solutions".

The ADAC has long been calling for an expansion of the cycling infrastructure.

The transport policy spokesman for the FDP in the Bundestag, Oliver Luksic, said that there is often competition in urban traffic today, but what is needed is togetherness.

In individual cases, the reallocation of traffic routes to cycle routes could be useful.

In addition, however, a comprehensive answer is required - for example significantly more networking and digitization, for example through guidance systems and interactive signage.

"Excessive demands harm commuters"

The CSU politician Rainer said of demands to make resident parking permits more expensive in order to encourage the switch from cars to more environmentally friendly means of transport: "Basically, I think an annual amount of several hundred euros is too much. But it doesn't have to be as cheap as in Berlin . "

In the capital, the resident parking permit costs 10.20 euros a year, in other European cities it costs several hundred euros a year.

ADAC traffic president Hillebrand also demanded that it must remain possible to live in inner city areas and to park close to home.

Since buses and trains are currently less used, cars and bikes are particularly in demand at the moment.

"Playing both off against each other makes little sense."

He called for "holistic solutions".

The SPD traffic expert in the Bundestag, Kirsten Lühmann, said that bicycle traffic was increasing continuously, in the last few months even by leaps and bounds.

You have to react to that.

"We cannot afford a 'But that was always the case'".


"Cities are not parking lots"

The Federal Environment Agency pointed out that 40 to 50 percent of inner-city car journeys are shorter than five kilometers.

"They are therefore in a distance range in which the bicycle is often the fastest means of transport."

But in order to get more people to cycle, it has to be safer and easier.

At the beginning of the month, the managing director of the German Association of Cities, Helmut Dedy, also called for public spaces to be "wrested" from the car.

He said, "Our cities are not parking lots, cities are places to live."