Stop, respond, approach

Stop, respond, approach

It does make you a little queasy when the red light comes on at the edge of the road and the policeman clearly signals: stop!! But drivers had nothing to worry about on wednesday and thursday. The drop-offs around kitzingen were not about drunk driving or a driver’s license check, but about very different and very simple questions.
The sudbayern highway authority has a mammoth project underway. Throughout the state, motorists are being asked about their traffic behavior. "We want to create a uniform traffic model for the whole of bavaria", explains press spokesman josef seebacher. The data collected so far has been too inaccurate, especially at the borders of the administrative districts and the state. So the traffic flows in the entire state will be analyzed.
On this wednesday and thursday afternoon, it was the turn of the kitzingen metropolitan area to be analyzed. Mostly schoolchildren took the survey. With clipboard and red warning vest they approached the road users. Their questions were quite simple: where do you come from?? Where do you want to go? What is the reason for this trip?? The schoolchildren also noted down the type of vehicle – i.E. Car, truck or motorcycle. And already the road users were off again.
"We don’t record license plates or any personal details," says seebacher, assures seebacher. "It is only about the traffic flow." And they are very important for further transport planning. An example: if a certain stretch of road is almost exclusively used by through traffic, then this traffic is easier to shift to a bypass than pure shopping or commuter traffic. "Therefore also the question about the starting point and destination of the journey", according to seebacher.
Philipp legath is the chief supervisor for the surveys, thomas nickoleit the team leader. Five schools each take over the questioning, police officers secure the traffic. A total of eight access roads around kitzingen are covered in this way, four on each day.
"Work started in southern bavaria in mid may", reports legath. "By the end of october, the free state will have been worked through from southeast to northwest."
All the data is then entered into the computer and a traffic model is created for the whole of bavaria. "Of course, the existing local expertise also plays a part in this", assures press spokesman seebacher. And future reports can be based on this model.
The surveys were deliberately not announced. "Otherwise, some drivers would have swerved and we would have had incorrect data", says seebacher. Anyone who now has acquaintances in the vicinity of lohr should therefore also not reveal that the surveys there are continuing. Should drivers in the spessart region also feel a little queasy?.

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