On 27 April 2017 following a rally to Frankfurt’s youngest district, Gateway Gardens, the Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain (Cooperation of the cities in Rhine-Main region) presented ten pedelecs under the aegis of the European “CHIPS” bicycle project. City Councillor and Head of Economic Affairs Department Markus Frank conveyed greetings and congratulations from the municipal administration of Frankfurt am Main.
The new pedelecs (low-powered e-bikes) serve not only for eco-friendly mobility within the Gateway Gardens district and to the airport, but are also intended in future to be used on the routes to Frankfurt’s city centre. The Frankfurt – Gateway Gardens cycle highway will be created under the aegis of the EU-subsidised CHIPS project (“Cycle Highways Innovation for Smarter People Transport and Spatial Planning”). The application for subsidies has already been approved by the EU.
“In Gateway Gardens, we opted for an up-to-the-future sustainability concept right from the start,” explains Manfred Dittrich, Managing Director of Grundstücksgesellschaft Gateway Gardens. “Urban planning and sustainability go hand in hand here. We have an unique array of reachability options, by plane, by car, by public transport, and now by bicycle as well. The new pedelecs create an incentive for us all to do without a car for short distances, and send out yet another signal for sustainability in our district.”
“Gateway Gardens is not only an admirable option as a location for international investors and corporations, but also offers an attractive work environment for present and future employees,” explains Markus Frank, City Councillor and Head of Economic Affairs Department of Frankfurt am Main. “Eco-aware, sustainable action, and an attractive business district, are not mutually exclusive, as evidenced by the preservation of the old trees, connecting the entire district to the community heating network, using energy-efficient LED lamps, the sustainable buildings and lots, lots more. Not by chance Gateway Gardens was the first district in Germany to be awarded the certificate in platinum by DGNB German Sustainable Building Council back in 2014.”
To quote Claudia Uhe, Department Head for Corporate Development, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability at Fraport AG: “Encouraging sustainable mobility is already one of the paramount components of our strategy here at Frankfurt Airport. The CHIPS project fits in perfectly with this strategy, since it constitutes an important building block for upgrading still further the airport’s landside transportation links, and helps us to sustainably strengthen our thrust to achieve the Regional Authority’s long-term goals.”
To quote Birgit Simon, Deputy Director of Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain: “CHIPS enables optimal solutions to be developed and tested for numerous specific questions: how do you route high-speed cycle tracks through a densely populated conurbation? What services do cyclist commuters expect? What infrastructural facilities do pedelecs require? The project is making a crucial contribution towards answering these questions. The Regional Authority intends, moreover, in conjunction with its partners, to develop a cyclist commuter mobility centre directly at Frankfurt Airport. We want anyone cycling from Frankfurt to his or her workplace at the airport to find optimal conditions there for parking the bike securely, plus charging or maintenance if necessary, having it repaired, and getting all the other services needed.”
With a planned gross floor area of 700,000 square metres, on a site measuring 35 hectares, Gateway Gardens is one of the biggest district development projects in Germany. Frankfurt’s new district is located in the centre of the most important transport axes: at Frankfurt/Rhein-Main International Airport, at Germany’s biggest airport railway station and the country’s largest motorway intersection. As from 2019, moreover, Gateway Gardens will be opening its own rapid transit rail link.
About Gateway Gardens
Gateway Gardens is the Global Business Village in the heart of Europe; with a planned gross floor area of 700,000 square metres, on a site measuring 35 hectares, it is one of the biggest district development projects at an airport city in Europe. Gateway Gardens was the first business district to be awarded the DGNB certificate for its sustainability. Gateway Gardens is backed by the joint involvement of Fraport AG, Gross & Partner Grundstücksentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, OFB Projektentwicklung GmbH and Frankfurt am Main City Council. Since completion of the first building in Gateway Gardens in 2008, 44 per cent of the space has already been marketed. Meanwhile, there are around 5,000 people working at the companies located in Gateway Gardens.
Grundstücksgesellschaft Gateway Gardens GmbH
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About Fraport AG and Frankfurt Airport
Fraport AG – which ranks among the world’s leading companies in the global airport business – offers a full range of integrated airport management services and boasts subsidiaries and investments on three continents. In the 2016 business year, the Fraport Group generated sales of € 2.59 billion and profit of about € 400 million. Some 105 million passengers used airports around the world in which Fraport has more than a 50 per cent stake during 2016. In its Mission Statement, Fraport places the focus on customers. The Group’s commitment to ensuring a “good trip” to all passengers and travellers is also reflected in the corporate slogan: “Gute Reise! We make it happen”. This commitment applies to all of Fraport’s business activities and services both at Germany’s largest aviation hub in Frankfurt and the Group’s airports worldwide.
At its Frankfurt Airport (FRA) home base, Fraport welcomed more than 60 million passengers and handled about 2.11 million metric tons of cargo (airfreight and airmail) in 2016. For the current summer timetable, FRA is served by 96 passenger airlines flying to 299 destinations in 97 countries worldwide. The majority of FRA’s destinations are intercontinental (beyond Europe) – underscoring Frankfurt’s role as a leading hub in the global air transportation system. In Europe, Frankfurt Airport ranks second in terms of cargo tonnage and is the fourth-busiest for passenger traffic.
Frankfurt Airport City has become Germany’s largest job complex at a single location, employing approximately 81,000 people at some 450 companies and organisations on site. Almost half of Germany’s population lives within a 200-kilometre radius of the FRA intermodal travel hub – the largest airport catchment area in Europe. FRA Airport City also serves as a magnet for other companies located throughout the economically vital Frankfurt/Rhine-Main-Neckar region. Thanks to synergies associated with the region’s dynamic industries, networked expertise, and outstanding intermodal transportation infrastructure, FRA’s world route network enables Hesse’s and Germany’s export-oriented businesses to flourish in global growth markets. Likewise, FRA is a strategic gateway for companies wanting to access the huge European marketplace. Thus, Frankfurt Airport – which is conveniently located in the heart of Europe – is one of the most important hubs in the global logistics chain.
Dieter Hulick, Corporate Communications, Press Office
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About Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain
The Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain is an officially constituted body that since 1975 has controlled and coordinated regional development. Its work is based on the legislation enacted by the State Parliament of Hesse concerning the metropolitan region of FrankfurtRheinMain, which came into force on 1 April 2011. The Authority is also the platform for focusing the strategies and defining the goals of the regional bodies. It is likewise responsible for developing a harmonised visual image of the region. In addition, it draws up the Regional Zoning Plan, and the Landscape Plan, and keeps them updated. Finally, the Authority provides regional monitoring, and offers its 75 member municipalities a comprehensive array of services.
Frank Tekkiliç, Communications Office Manager
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