The A40/B1 motorway (called the “Ruhrschnellweg”) is a very particular form of street. It is 60 km long and stretches from west to east linking the towns and cities, the suburbs and the inhabitants of the Ruhr Metropolis. It is 35 km longer than the longest north-south traffic artery in Manhattan.
The A40/B1, the main traffic artery throughout the region, has one of the highest rates of traffic in Germany. On the 18th July 2010 this traffic artery will come to a halt for a day. The road will be banned to motor traffic and turned into a unique stage for everyday culture. Schools and kindergartens, clubs and church communities, choirs and brass bands, Boy Scouts and Turkish ravers will take over the motorway to reveal the hugea range of colourful life that otherwise remains hidden behind the noise protection walls. In addition, the Ruhr metropolitan area will be erecting an almost 60 kilometre long picnic area consisting of no less than 20.000 tables to celebrate the largest and most colourful street festival in Europe. And when the inhabitants from 170 different nations arrive with their food and their cultures to take part in the international picnic, the A40 will be linking everything which goes to make up life in the Ruhr Metropolis.
For futher infomation please visit the english website of “Still-Life” under: