(Re)animation of “Wohnstraßen” (residential streets)
Since 1983, the Austrian road code includes a paragraph about residential streets, in German called “Wohnstraße”. On these streets, children are explicitly allowed to play on the street and car traffic is only allowed in walking speed. There are currently 21 “Wohnstraßen” in Graz but not all of them are played on by children. On some of these streets, the original usage is not in the minds of the residents anymore, as children grew up and moved away. Therefore, “Wohnstraßen” have to be reanimated.