The municipality of Zwischenwasser has had a great deal of success with its decision to make the entire area of the town a 30-kmh zone.
Zwischenwasser is a small country municipality that has made sustainable town policies a priority. Knowing full well that the issue of mobility is the toughest to tackle when striving to achieve sustainability, Zwischenwasser has come up with a comprehensive and ambitious package of policies entitled "Sustainable Mobility" and has been committed to implementing them, including an attractive public transport system with bus stops. These measures are flanked by a number of incentives, such as free tickets, or an "on-call" bus for the sparsely populated outskirts of town on the weekends.
Other services, such as car sharing, driver safety courses and carpooling exchanges, are also on offer. One particular success was the introduction of a 30-kmh speed limit throughout the town which has raised awareness of the problems caused by traffic. Accompanied by police enforcement and tickets for infractions, average vehicle speed has dropped significantly, as has the number of accidents. An attempt by local politicians to do away with the 30-kmh ordinance failed, as the change had been met by a great deal of approval by the towns inhabitants.
Picture credit: Municipality of Zwischenwasser