Hamburg is launching new renovations for the benefit of its citizens

Hamburg is launching new renovations for the benefit of its citizens

Open-air fitness studios and new cycling lanes are being constructed in Hamburg

Hamburg, the second biggest city in Germany, will have two major projects starting this spring. The new renovations will help citizens to move around the city and exercise in the outdoors.

Open-air fitness studios

In the second-largest borough of Hamburg, Wandsbek, outdoor fitness spaces will be built to keep citizens fit. The city administration wants to support sports exercises in public spaces and therefore decided to build these new facilities. Due to the pandemic situation, the fitness studios have been closed for months.

"The training venues that have already been installed in Hohenhorst, Bramfeld, in the Eilbektal and in Steilshoop are well received, now we want to create more accessible sports opportunities," said Michael Ludwig, sports spokesman for the Wandsbeck SPD parliamentary group.

Katja Rosenbohm, a specialist spokesperson for sport in the Wandsbek Green Group, discussed the situation during Covid, which affects the health and physical states of citizens. "Especially now during the pandemic, the range of sports is limited. Public, freely accessible facilities provide a solution here and are also a low-threshold offer for beginners and across all generations."

The project will receive funding from the federal state in the amount of 3.35 million euros. Young citizens also need to be trained to become “SportParkPilots” to support and guide visitors who want to exercise in the park.

New cycling lanes

A new investment in Hamburg will take place in the upcoming months. This is a transport project, including wider sidewalks for pedestrians and protected bicycle lanes for cyclists.

"We want to turn Hamburg into a cycling city. That is why last year we built and renovated a total of 62 kilometres of cycle paths. We'll continue in this way in 2021," said Anjes Tjarks (Greens), senator for transport.

Construction costs for the project amount to about 4.5 million euros and work is due for the end of October. The sidewalks will be widened to 3.3 meters and bike lanes will become 2.5 meters wide. These lanes will be protected and separated from the main roads.

The first lane of this type is currently under construction in Harburg in Lower Saxony and it should be ready in April.

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