Chestnut Street has become a children’s play street

Bad Doberan.Kids ride around on inline skates, paint with chalk on the street or ride their bikes up and down. Football is played and water bombs are thrown – all without cars on Kastanienstraße in Bad Doberan. On Sunday (May 22), the recently renovated street turned into a street of play from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Neighborhood kids should be able to play undisturbed here and adults should be able to brainstorm. This is the plan of the initiator Sylvie Lebeda Krainer. She had reported the children’s demonstration to the police. Citizen Bad Doberan wants to campaign for the right to play at her front door and safe traffic for children.

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Krainer’s long-term goal will be to create a temporary playing street in the city of Münster. This aims to temporarily turn the neighborhood into a children’s play paradise. During this time, the road will be closed to cars. “However, this is not something you can simply introduce to the city and then the road will be closed. It is an idea that the locals should support,” explains Crainer. With this campaign, she wants to see if that desire is shared.

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Sylvie Lebeda Krainer, initiator of the children’s demonstration in Kastanienstraße.

“We wanted to try it and make it tangible, to see how it was received, whether it was loud or quiet and if anyone was upset,” she says. And so on Sunday about 20 children came to play at Kastanienstrasse. Some with their parents. From time to time, cars drove on the street, but the drivers showed their understanding and continued to drive at a fast pace. Others took a different route.

There are hardly any places for children to play in Bad Doberan

“The street is part of city life, we can also use these spaces as meeting places,” says the mother of two. Marcel Bradtmüller, who lives nearby with his children, thinks the same way. “I think the idea is really good because there are no places where the kids can play,” he says. Father says, you have to get away from the idea that roads are for cars only.

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Children use the Play Street on this day. The street is painted in crayons. The word “STOP!” can be seen. Large with blue letters and a red border. Little boy letting his remote controlled car roam, girls and boys playing with ball. “I think it’s a nice place to meet new friends,” says nine-year-old Emil, who loves to ski on Kastanienstrasse. He would be glad if there were no cars driving here for a while. Charlotte also loves the street here. “I like to come here often after school to play with friends,” says the ten-year-old.

Motorists should not drive from here, or drive very slowly.

Motorists should not drive from here, or drive very slowly.

Implementation of the game path may be difficult

Neighbors and passers-by also became aware of what was happening. “When I was a child, I liked to play in the street by myself, at that time in Goethestrasse,” recalls Detlinde Mull of Bad Doberan. She is always happy when she sees the children playing. However, in the past, things were much calmer. “No one wants to be without their car these days,” says the 84-year-old, who rides her bike by herself.

However, she imagines it will be difficult to implement a temporary playing street because Kastanienstrasse is still very busy, says the elderly citizen. “Maybe now is not the time,” she says. But you can imagine everything here. Other passersby can also make friends with the idea. “The kids usually don’t have much in the area where they can play,” says one walker.

Motorists should not drive from here, or drive very slowly.

Motorists should not drive from here, or drive very slowly.

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“I am so glad there are so many.”

But there are also critical voices. Volker Dahes lives on rue Kastanjín and sees what happens with his wife. Bad Dobraner thinks the procedure is good, but sees the problem elsewhere. “I don’t think the city cares. We were not included in the street renovation. The traffic concept must first be developed,” he says.

Kastanienstraße in Bad Doberan has become a playing street and meeting place for children on Sundays.

Kastanienstraße in Bad Doberan has become a playing street and meeting place for children on Sundays.

During construction on the street, communication in the neighborhood was better, says Dah. Now everyone will drive home and go their own way. This is exactly the exchange that Sylvie Lebeda Krainer would like to see on her street. Hence the children’s demonstration on Sunday. She is happy with the result. “I’m so glad there’s so much out there,” she says. After all, the meeting that day was a test. “Maybe today is just the beginning that inspires people.”

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