Redesigning Mariahilfer Straße
Traffic reorganisation on Innere Mariahilfer Straße provides new pedestrian zones and shared space sections.
Mariahilfer Straße is mainly used by pedestrians, with daily numbers varying between 25,000 and 70,000 depending on weekdays and in different parts of the street. To ensure the new boulevard continues to flourish, the section between Kaiserstraße and Getreidemarkt was redesigned and opened to cyclists.
The first section between Kaiserstraße and Kirchengasse was completed in November 2014, the second section down to Getreidemarkt was redone in 2015. Originally, up to 12,000 motor vehicles per day were counted in Mariahilfer Straße. The part between Kichengasse and Andreasgasse was pedestrianised, and a shared space concept implemented for the road sections directly adjacent to the pedestrian zone (i.e. to Getreidemarkt and Kaiserstraße, respectively). Altogether, Mariahilfer Straße will be an unprecedented zone where all modes of transport can share road space on an equal basis.
Five key facts on the new design of Mariahilfer Straße
- The core zone between Andreasgasse and Kirchengasse is turned into a pedestrian zone.
- Two sections of the road - from Getreidemarkt to Kirchengasse and from Kaiserstraße to Andreasgasse - become so-called shared space zones. Access regulations for delivery vehicles, loading and unloading zones remain upright.
- General speed limit of 20 km/h
- All car parks and driveways to building entrances remain accessible.
- Public transport and taxis:
- General speed limit of 20 km/h
- From 15 August 2014, the night bus line N49 operates along the tracks of tram line 49.
- Cycling is allowed in both directions throughout Mariahilfer Straße.
- at moderate speed (20 km/h maximum) in shared-space zones
- at walking speed in the pedestrian zone
- Parking is longer allowed in the affected parts of Mariahilfer Straße.
- New parking spaces for local residents are provided in the neighbourhoods on both sides of Mariahilfer Straße
- Enough parking spaces are available in nearby car parks.
Main highlights and advantages of the new layout of Mariahilfer Straße
- A new concept for outdoor terraces and street cafés ("Schanigärten") – better, more flexible, modular division of space between cafés and restaurants
- Broader sidewalks (pavements) – street cafés and outdoor terraces are moved towards the middle of the road, providing more space in front of shops
- More space for pedestrians instead of car parking spaces
- More space for kids
- More free outdoor lounge areas with fountains, i.e. areas that do not belong to any restaurant, café or shop
- New seating areas of the same kind, partly with plants
- New, additional lighting on sidewalks (pavements) – shop front areas are illuminated better
- Wi-fi was installed in all parts of the pedestrian zone (simultaneously with the new lighting system)
- The central pedestrian zone becomes a very attractive place for people to spend time in
- Noise reduction along Mariahilfer Straße
- New flooring around street trees is permeable to water and air
- Traffic calming on Mariahilfer Straße and the adjoining neighbourhoods (6th and 7th district)
- New concept for loading zones – fewer traffic signs, more uniform delivery times
- New chances for businesses due to attractive road design
- Pedestrian zone: new paving across the entire width of Mariahilfer Straße
- Shared space zone: broader sidewalks (pavements) and new street paving
- Shared space: shared use of street space is possible
- Barrier-free floor design throughout Mariahilfer Straße
- New guiding system for the blind
- Road layout looks more "organised" after redesign
- Bike stands are provided at regular distances
Accompanying measures are taken in the adjoining municipal districts (6th and 7th district). Most importantly, the speed limit on Gumpendorfer Straße, Neustiftgasse and Burggasse was lowered to 30 km/h. Minor changes to the current one-way street system prevent through traffic from passing through the area.
Through traffic and access routes
Through traffic for cars/private transport:
Additional through-traffic options for deliveries:
- Capistrangasse/Mariahilfer Straße – exit via Stiftgasse/Kirchengasse
- Authorised vehicles Neubaugasse - Mariahilfer Straße
Access routes to districts 6 and 7 via Mariahilfer Straße:
- Mariahilfer Straße/Webgasse
- Mariahilfer Straße/Zieglergasse
- Mariahilfer Straße/Andreasgasse
- Mariahilfer Straße/Kirchengasse
- Mariahilfer Straße/Stiftgasse
- Mariahilfer Straße/Karl-Schweighofer-Gasse
- Mariahilfer Straße/Königsklostergasse