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Roads and paths

Who has what duties?

The tasks of street cleaning in Bocholt are divided between the residents and the city. Within the enclosed localities, there are the following responsibilities for cleaning:

Residents:

  • Pavements
  • Combined footpaths and cycle paths
  • Roadways, as far as they are residents' roads

The adjacent owners of the street or pavement have to clean the traffic area twice a week.

City of Bocholt / ESB:

  • Cycle paths
  • public squares
  • Roadways, as far as they are not residential streets.

The street directory attached to the Street Cleaning Statutes provides information on which streets are residential streets (group 5). All other streets are cleaned by the city.

Sweeper (Photo: Max Biermann)

Data for every street - quickly at a glance

The further division into groups 1 to 4 and 6 to 7 says something about what kind of streets it is and how often the street is cleaned. The different cleaning intervals are determined by the city on the basis of the criteria of traffic importance, frequency and degree of pollution.

For streets that are cleaned by the city, the city charges street cleaning fees.

The online service "Straßenreinigung" (street cleaning ) makes it possible to easily and quickly find out the cleaning rhythm applicable to the respective street, the cleaning tariff as well as the obligations of the abutting owners. After entering the street and clicking on "send", this information is displayed.

Information on winter road maintenance can be found in the information sheet on winter road maintenance.

What does street cleaning cost?

Citizens whose property is accessed from a residential street (group 5) do not pay street cleaning fees. If the access road is cleaned by the city of Bocholt, the fee is based on the frontage length (length of the side of the property on the road accessing the property), the cleaning frequency and the classification of the road.

Current rates for the street cleaning fee(as of 01.01.2024):

  • Group 1: 1.79 euros / m / year
  • Group2: 3.58 euros / m / year
  • Group3: 5.37 euros / m / year
  • Group4: 12.53 euros / m / year

  • Group 5: no fees as neighbourhood cleaning

  • Group6: 1.07 Euro / m / year
  • Group7: 2.15 Euro / m / year

The fee is billed via the city of Bocholt's property tax assessment. Further questions on the amount of the street cleaning fee can be answered by the city's Taxes and Fees department.

Example: If the property has a frontage of 15 metres on a Group 1 road, the owner pays a street cleaning fee of 15 x 1.79 euros = 26.85 euros per year.

Street cleaning

Making sure everything goes smoothly: Winter service

The ESB is on duty in case of icy roads and snow. In the period from 15 November to 15 March, an on-call service ensures that the staff can carry out their work as quickly as possible if the weather situation requires it. However, since the staff cannot be everywhere at the same time with their vehicles, clearing and gritting is organised according to urgency. Priority is given to main roads, particularly dangerous stretches of road and school bus routes.

Further information can be found in the information sheet on winter road clearance services.Questions about winter road clearance services call 02871/24 63 - 81 or 02871/24 63 - 80.

What do I have to do as a resident?

(Source: §5 Street Cleaning Statutes of the City of Bocholt)

Cleaning obligations as a resident in snowy and icy conditions

1)

Between 7.30 a.m. and 7 p.m., pavements must be kept free of snow, slush and ice in a minimum width of 1 m, in case of a smaller width in the total width, or kept passable with gritting agents by the persons responsible for cleaning.

If there is no footpath, a strip 1 m wide along the boundary of the property shall be deemed to be a footpath. The gritting materials must be such that they do not cause unreasonable damage to the footwear of passers-by or to the road surface. Snow may be deposited at the boundary of the pavement or footpath and the road embankment, but not at public transport stops and hydrants.

2) At stops for public transport and school buses, the pavements must be kept clear of snow and gritted in case of icy conditions in such a way as to ensure the safest possible access and egress. At street junctions or intersections, those responsible for cleaning must provide crossings for pedestrians up to the middle of the carriageway.
3) In the event of a thaw, gullies and gully inlets must be kept clear for the run-off of meltwater. Shovelling and chipping away of snow and ice shall not damage the road surface.
4) Ice (slippery) rinks may not be created on roads. Ice rinks must be immediately gritted with gritting agents by those responsible for cleaning.
5) Hydrant lids that are covered with snow or frozen over must be kept visibly clear by those responsible for cleaning.

Frequently asked questions

Are footpaths and cycle paths cleared of snow and ice?

The requirements for securing pedestrian traffic are somewhat higher than for vehicular traffic. But there are limits here as well: Since all residents are obliged by the street cleaning statutes to keep one metre of pavement at their properties free of snow and ice, pedestrian traffic is already secured over a large area.

In addition, the waste disposal and service company services important and heavily frequented areas for pedestrian traffic, e.g. crossings at traffic light intersections.

Since the city of Bocholt is a bicycle-friendly city and wants to make cycling as safe as possible, the ESB includes almost all cycle paths in the winter maintenance. A 1.5 metre wide footpath is currently kept clear for pedestrians in the city centre.

Why do snowploughs drive with the blade raised?

If a vehicle is on the road with the blade raised, this may be for the following reason: After clearing and then spreading when the snow cover is closed, the salt has to soak in for a while. In addition, the following traffic pushes the gritted salt into the top layer of snow.

On the return trip, the top blade of the snowplough is raised so that the salt is not immediately removed.

Why are not all roads cleared?

The following applies here: The city is only obliged to clear and grit snow and ice in order to protect traffic within built-up areas at points on the roadway that are important for traffic and at the same time dangerous.

Therefore, in Bocholt there is an order for clearing the roads depending on the importance for traffic and the urgency. Priority is given, for example, to blind intersections on main roads. Particularly dangerous or blind spots can be cleared more than once, while less risky spots are cleared later or not at all.

The waste disposal and service company does not serve roads that are only used by residents.

What is the right way to behave?

We all use roads and paths every day. No matter how a road user moves on the streets and roads of the city of Bocholt, they must protect themselves by taking appropriate measures.

In case of slippery snow and ice, this means:

  • Suitable footwear
  • Winter tyres
  • adapted behaviour
  • adapted driving style
  • only travelling on absolutely necessary roads

The wishes and demands on winter services vary greatly. However, it is impossible to make and keep all areas completely safe. The waste disposal and service company strives to meet as many needs as possible. The main focus is on road safety, but also on environmental protection and costs.

Working people should be able to get to their workplace safely, children to school and kindergarten. Trees and plants at the roadside should not be too heavily polluted by salt.