Currently working in Hamburg which is not my hometown it is fun to observe the little differences. Surprised at how different things are at times despite still being in the same country and not in some exotic country far far away I started to collect some of my favorites. I won’t bore you with the weather, the never ending summer daylight and the different words for simple things like breadrolls. But I acutally found that one surprising and am not sure if that would ever work in Munich.
There is a street called Sierichstraße which actually changes direction. In the morning it is a one way street into the city. In the afternoon the direction changes and it can only be used leaving the city center.
Therefore it accomodates for rush hour traffic. Apparently it’s not just me finding that amazing. I looked it up and Sierichstraße actually has its own Wikipedia page . Here I learned that the concept was already suggested in the 50ies when attempts to add more lanes to accomodate the traffic increase failed. After a year long trial and discussions about crashes caused by confused out-of-towners it was established and is still pratice today.
I loved it as a design as it is kind of out of the box thinking. Solve a common problem – rush hour traffic mostly goes only into one direction with a concept that at first seems impossible. I still need to find the time and go watch at changeover time which I still think is a scary moment. But according to my Hamburg colleagues it works effortless with automatic signs deflecting the traffic.