Traffic Calming Frankfurt Mainkai

Traffic Calming Frankfurt Mainkai

Photo: Pahlavi Rao – © Pahlavi Rao
Photo: Pahlavi Rao

The objective is to evaluate the before and after effects from a temporary traffic calming that takes place in Frankfurt Mainkai (North Bank) from 1st of August 2019 to 31st of July in 2020. As a result, the research cooperation with the City of Frankfurt will offer valid data on pedestrian movement, conclusions and recommendations for the re design of Mainkai with pedestrians an cyclists in mind.

Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Knöll
Gladys Vásquez Fauggier, M.Sc.
Lakshya Pandit, M.Tech.
Lanqing Gu, M.Sc.

Research Student
Christa Yeung, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Guest student with IREP Program from TU Darmstadt.

In cooperation with
City of Frankfurt am Main
Prof. Dr. Martin Lanzendorf, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Prof. Dr. Kai Vöckler, HFG Offenbach

The research cooperation is funded by the City of Frankfurt for the period of July 2019 to September 2020.

Recent Activities


Illustration and study report online

Illustration: Christa Yeung – © C. Yeung
Illustration: Christa Yeung

So much of our perception of cities is dominated by what we see with our eyes, when in fact, our impressions are really brought to life through a simultaneous mash-up of sight, sound, smell, and touch all together.

Christa Yeung, Research Student at UHG

April 2020. The study Seeing Soundscapes study examines the relationship between soundscapes, urban design, and mental health.

Full study report: here


Step 2 : Research outcomes focusing on pedestrian flows presented

Figure: Lakshya Pandit – © Lakshya Pandit
Figure: Lakshya Pandit

The first phase of results from the research analysis utilizing space syntax theory was presented by Lakshya Pandit on Tag der Forschung at TU Darmstadt during the month of December in 2019. The outputs, through the axial and segment mapping of the Frankfurt Mainufer, focused on the local integration of pre-and post pedestrianization scenarios and the direct routes within 2.5 km around the city centre, i.e. Hauptwache, with Mainkai boulevard in close proximity.


Step 1: Counting, Observing, Mapping before Traffic Calming

Photo: Pahlavi Rao – © Pahlavi Rao
Photo: Pahlavi Rao

From 2nd to 6th of July, UHG researchers and research students conducted four different methods on site along the Mainkai street in Frankfurt to determine a.) Pedestrian flows, b.) Urban qualities of the area, c.) Sound levels and d.) walkable and child-friendly areas before the traffic calming takes place.