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Careful What You Wish For

Careful What You Wish For

Maria Vassilakou and Vienna’s Green party have not been everybody’s darling when it comes to pedestrianizing Europe’s longest shopping street. Mariahilferstraße’s makeover has been severely criticised, both in the media and on Facebook, prompting uproar about disappearing parking spaces, unruly cyclists and a controversial 13A bus lane (see “Multi-tasking Mariahilfer” Brief , p.4). Wary pedestrians […]

New green bike lanes

New green bike lanes

Thanks to the Greens, Vienna’s bike lanes are getting a new paint job, to enhance visibility and improve safety, according to the city’s Transportation Ministry. The pilot starts with test routes at the intersection Bellariastraße /Dr.-Karl-Renner-Ring and on the Gürtel parallel to Westbahnhof, each between 10 and 30 metres long. Vice Mayor Maria Vassilakou (Green […]

Just How Green is Wien?

In times of financial crisis, stimulus spending, recessions and global panic, Mother Earth tends to feel left out. So when World Environment Day (WED) rolled around this past Jun. 5 to the theme of “Your Planet Needs You – UNite to Combat Climate Change,” it was an opportune moment to bring pressing environmental issues to […]

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