The relationship between pedestrians and cyclists is often fraught with tension. Bicyclists are sometimes perceived by pedestrians as reckless and dangerous because of their higher speed. Conversely, cyclists often perceive pedestrians as unpredictable obstacles on the way from A to B. In most cases it is not possible without mutual respect and understanding. This is especially true for the route through bad kissingen.
Significant sections of this path must be shared by cyclists and pedestrians. Even after a renewed vote and adjustment of the regulations for bike paths through luitpold park and on the promenade paths north of the ludwigsbrucke, one thing is clear: shared bike and fub paths still have rough significance in bad kissingen.
The bike path guide was revised on the initiative of city councillor richard fix. He therefore also took part in a discussion on the coordination with the staatsbad gmbh. It was not a question of a completely new concept, but rather of adjustments in detail. New is now, for example, that you can cycle north of the ludwigsbrucke "uber den marbachsteg" may drive, fix reported on demand the day after the unanimous yes to the concept in the building committee.
Another new feature is the possibility of crossing from the east side of the saale to the west side via the sannersteg and continuing in the direction of bismarckstrabe. In the far north, cyclists can also cross the river via the footbridge at the round fountain in the direction of the strabe in der au. On the west side of the saale, fix’s wish for a short connection to the ludwigsbrucke and from there into the city should also be implemented if possible. In addition, the cycle path on maxstrabe bypasses the beer garden of the bayerischer hof, in deviation from the original plan.
In principle, two bicycle and pedestrian paths approach luitpold park from the south. One of them runs along the B 287 and joins the southern bismarckstrabe at the end of the euerdorfer strabe. The other comes from the B 286 and wurzburger strabe and turns off across the strabe in lindes in the direction of oskar-von-miller-strabe. From there the bike and fub path has a connection across the saale towards the southern bismarckstrabe and east of the saale a straight connection to the north into the lindesmuhlpromenade. Twice cyclists can reach the kurhausstrabe from the promenade on a short way in this section.
The lindesmuhlpromenade route then branches off via the sannersteg once to the northwest across the saale in the direction of bismarckstrabe. Another branch continues the route on the west side of the luitpoldbad through the luitpoldpark under the ludwigsbrucke and along the bismarckstrabe towards the strabe in der au. At the schweizerhaussteg, cyclists have the option of continuing on the shared fub and cycle path just below the road in the au until they have to turn into the au at about the height of the junction at hegholz.
From the schweizerhaussteg, cyclists can also, after crossing the bridge, use a piece of cycle and footpath along the flood embankment to the north, in order to finally turn into a pure cycle path to the north at reithausplatz. This leads to the north bridge and offers both a connection further in the direction of the upper saline, as well as the crossing described by fix across the saalewiesen in the direction of the strabe in der au.
The dense network of walking-only paths in the core area of the luitpold park remains largely unaffected by the bicycle and footpaths on the connection from the south to the north and vice versa. It was not clear by the time of going to press whether the division of the cycle paths and footpaths in the luitpold park, which used to be characterized by different colors of the surface, would continue to be maintained by the spa garden. Fix, according to his own statements, has spoken out against such an internal division of the property in the vote with the state baths company on the route to be taken. The differences were blurred much too quickly, is one of his arguments against it.
Whether such a different label makes sense is indeed debatable. If you divide a path into two halves, you give users the impression that they can enjoy their half of the path. Cyclists are then perhaps so fast on the road that pedestrians have to worry about them. Anyway, even many people from kissing do not know what significance the pavement of such a path can have. How can one expect corresponding behavior from spa guests?. Not to mention the rather dubious legal force of differently scattered road halves.
In the end, there is no way around the realization that peaceful coexistence between cyclists and pedestrians is possible. But in bad kissingen, too, only if everyone takes the other into consideration.