The bike path concept for the southern part of french switzerland, initiated by the government of upper franconia, is currently being implemented step by step by the state building authorities of bamberg and bayreuth. According to a press release from the bamberger bauamt, an important component is the cycle path link along state road 2191 from waischenfeld via doos to behringersmuhle in the counties of bayreuth and forchheim.
The bike path is also included in the bavarian state bike path program 2015 to 2019. "We will complete the waischenfeld – doos section in 2019 with the rabeneck – doos section of the cycle path, which is currently under construction, kurt schnabel, head of the bayreuth state construction office, says "a continuation of bicycle traffic is given in the area of doos with the connection to the local road dooser berg in the direction of muggendorf."
For a smooth connection
However, for a continuous bike path connection in the wiesent valley, the bike path gap along state road 2191 between doos and behringersmuhle must be closed. "And this is not at all easy and requires a lot of brainpower", says katrin roth, new head of the tram construction department at the bamberg state building office. But what exactly is it about and why does nothing seem to be happening on the doos – behringersmuhle section?? The meadow valley between doos and behringersmuhle has it all, according to the building authority: beautiful with challenging topography and extremely important from a nature conservation point of view. The location of the european FFH protected area "wiesent valley with side valleys, the bird sanctuary "rock and slope forests in french switzerland and the location in the "frankische schweiz – veldensteiner forst" nature reserve do not make it easy for bamberger straben farmers to find suitable and contractual routes.
Several route variants have been planned in the past and discussed with the relevant authorities. However, none of these options met with the approval of the specialist agencies involved. For this reason, extensive up-to-date faunistic studies were commissioned last year, which shed light on all vegetation periods of a year. The results should be available by the end of 2019.
"I am confident that, on this basis, we will soon be able to find a final route design that is in line with nature and landscape conservation as well as water and fishing laws, and that we will be able to submit it to the approval procedure, explains roth.
As soon as the building law is in place and the necessary land has been acquired, the acceptance procedure should be completed as soon as possible," explains roth.