Roland Dürre
Wednesday November 2nd, 2011

What Annoys Me … #17 Wasting Nature and Soil Sealing

Today, this is less grumping, but more regret …

Our cemetary is located near the Ottobrunn Haidgraben. In front of the cemetary, there is a parking area. Almost every day, as I ride my bike to Unterhaching, I pass the place and I always notice that the parking area is empty. The same is true for today.

Only a few mothers use it for a short stop while they take their children to the private kindergarden nearby. And a few people living in the vicinity are happy to have this opportunity for parking their second car away from the street.

Regardless, I can count the number of parked cars almost always on the fingers of one hand. In other words: it is an empty parking area on 364 days of the year.

There is only one day when there is truly high traffic on the cemetary parking area. On that day, there is always a (small) parking chaos and cars park on the cyclist’s path. Consequently, they extended the parking area by a hundred per cent a few years ago!

Now I ask myself: which is more harmful?

To have a cyclist’s path on which cars park one day each year at a time of year when only very few people ride their bikes anyway. And those few bikers will not mind, because there is a rather broad pedestrian’s path where few people ever walk.

Or to have another beautiful piece of nature thoughtlessly sealed? A process which costs forest and meadow ground and, incidentally, puts additional strain on the already extremely precarious financial situation of the community.

Unfortunately, this is not the only example of unnecessary and totally useless soil sealing I regularly witness when riding my bike.

What do I do about it?

Every instance of stupid waste of nature hurts me. I would wish to see less wastage, both in general and with respect to our soil. Therefore, I would ask the administrative forces and politics to permit soil sealing – especially for traffic and infra-structural projects – only as an “ultima ratio”.

And: wherever it can be reasonably done at all, I would rcommend you go by bike.

(Translated by EG)

1 Kommentar zu “What Annoys Me … #17 Wasting Nature and Soil Sealing”

  1. Chris Wood (Thursday November 3rd, 2011)

    I remember cycling past this graveyard, and seeing two very old ladies chatting. I had a sudden urge to advise them to talk somewhere else, because the graveyard had been short of customers recently. I am glad that I resisted this urge.

    Where I live, along the road are pieces of low growth (with berries) and small trees. At this time of year, the low plants get covered with leaves. For years, I have cleared away these leaves in front of my house, and also pulled up dozens of small trees that start to grow. But nobody else bothers. So the other small patches did not look good. The recent response was to spread a lot of gravel with some new low plants, (my patch was left as it is). This is now covered with leaves, which will kill most of the plants, and hide the gravel. I see gravel and stones spread next to other roads and cycle paths. Soon it spreads, which is unpleasant for cyclists. It must have to be cleared out of the drains. Perhaps our mayor has a friend with a gravel pit? Incidentally Britain is running out of gravel, and imports it.

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