Bicycle rental systems as city transport are currently experiencing tailwind. The advantages of these systems are versatile: bicycle mobility as healthy, sustainable mode of transport is particularly promoted in traffic-afflicted cities. Catchment areas of public transport stops can be significantly widened. Further, the trend from ownership to “sharing economy” has long since reached the mobility sector.
Based on a joint initiative from France, Austria and the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) “THE PEP Partnership on Cycling” was set up in 2014 within the framework of the Transport, Health, Environment Pan-European Programme by UNECE/WHO. Cycle Competence members BMLFUW and Verracon are actively contributing to the transnational process as representatives for Austria and as partnership managers respectively. (more…)
The use of bicycles for goods transport has made it onto the traffic agenda in many European cities. This also showed at the CycleLogistics conference in Vienna in March and the cargo bike subsidy introduced by the city. Projects like CycleLogistics and EMILIA demonstrate the scope of the potential for transport by bicycle. They also point out how transport processes can be optimized the smart way. The former niche topic has become mainstream. The potential for shifting from car to cargo bike is enormous. The “Cargo Bike Boom” has certainly taken off!
Training, networking and exchange of experience take a central role in promoting cycling. The Cycling Academy (“Fahrradakademie”) of the German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu) has been pursuing these strategies since 2007 and once a year it is visiting a region that plays a leading role in promoting cycling traffic. In 2016 it was Copenhagen – now it is Vienna’s turn. The study trip is organized by Cycle Competence Austria. The platform also offers bespoke best practice trips for administrations, companies and institutions interested in the Austrian approach to increasing cycle traffic. (more…)
Traffic accidents involving cyclists analysed following Radlobby-inquiry to BMVIT and KfV. In April 2017, a list of questions compiled by Cycle Competence member Radlobby Austria sent to the Austrian traffic ministry BMVIT revealed new facts on cycle traffic and hazardous situations: The safety hazard for cyclists definitely is the car, as shown by the statistics supplied by Statistics Austria and analysed by the KfV (Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit, a non-profit research organization): In three out of four traffic accidents with injured cyclists involving another vehicle or person car drivers caused the accident. (more…)
Four new members are strengthening the platform “Cycle Competence Austria” since the start of 2017: The Energy and Environment Agency of Lower Austria (eNu), the province of Vorarlberg, the traffic planning company Verracon GmbH and the bicycle developer and cargo bike specialist MCS Maderna. This means the platform has grown to 24 members in its third year. (more…)
The positive health effects of physical activity are commonly well known. However, the potential of active commuting for health prevention is rarely used. A recently launched research project, “GISMO – Geographical Information Support for Healthy Mobility”, seeks to provide evidence for a comprehensive corporate mobility management, which promotes the daily commute as an opportunity for increasing the amount of physical exercise through active mobility. (more…)
A welcome court decision increases cycling safety: A cyclist’s health can be a matter of the correct distance to parking cars in case of abruptly opening car doors. Nevertheless keeping a safe distance is seen by car drivers and in some cases even the police as being against the rules. Now CycleCompetence member, lawyer Dr. Johannes Pepelnik, has clarified the allowed anti-dooring-distance to parking cars. The Vienna administrative court, the “Verwaltungsgericht” (VWG), has ruled 1.2m to 1.8m distance to parking cars are appropriate.
The “KinderRadSpaß” (literally “ChildrenCycleFun”) workshops organised by Cycle Competence member Radlobby support children’s love for activity and convey safe conduct in traffic, competence in riding a bike and cycling techniques. In Vienna, year-to-date already over 1,500 children have taken part in the “KinderRadSpaß” program. (more…)
With the right infrastructure but even more importantly with bespoke information through the right media, over 50% of the Austrian population could relatively easily be moved to use bicycles (more). This was shown in the project “pro:motion” sponsored by the Austrian transport ministry (bmvit) and the research promotion agency (FFG). Among the supporters are the Cycle Competence members AIT and Herry. (more…)
Three times a year the newsletter of the “CycleCompetence Austria” (Radkompetenz Österreich) offers up-to-date information, brand new studies and practical tips for improving cycle traffic. This way we want to reach as many readers all over Europe as possible. This time there is the chance to win a Raincombi overall! Tell your friends and colleagues about our newsletter! (more…)
The cycle traffic planning bureau komobile Gmunden, member of Cycle Competence, was commissioned by the city of Salzburg to conduct an assessment of the potential for an upgrade to the premium cycle route Salzburg-Freilassing. For the first time in Austria, a cost-benefit analysis was applied based on the German standardised evaluation and the Austrian guidelines and regulations for the road sector (RVS) respectively. The result: investments in cycle traffic are highly profitable for the national economy – the benefits are twice as high as the costs. (more…)
Speed and flexibility are among the greatest strengths of a bicycle. Especially over short distances within a city a bicycle is the fastest mode of transportation. The time benefit is mainly derived from brief access and exit times and a direct routing. For example, allowing cyclists to use one-way streets in both directions or providing cycle parking directly at an entrance increases the door-to-door speed.
Sharrows are road markings to direct cycle traffic. They aim to make cyclists more visible on the roads. In Mödling in Lower Austria, a new form of road marking is used on the road connecting the train station with the HTL school. The use of these new markings intended to appeal to female cyclists was planned by Cycle Competence member Rosinak & Partner. This innovative use on an important school route is followed-up by an effectiveness study. (more…)
“It will not be a bicycle for lazy people,” stresses Valentin Vodev, co-founder of the Austrian folding bike producer VELLO. “But if you need it or if you do not want to sweat you can have support.” The member company of CycleCompetence Austria wants to bring the first self-recharging folding bike onto the market using a crowd funding campaign via the platform Kickstarter. (more…)
The disputed “Prospect Park West Bike Lane” in New York City is a particularly impressive example how the implementation of separated cycling infrastructure can improve traffic safety overall. Now this well-known cycle lane project is celebrating a special fifth anniversary. It gets a lot of attention (more…)
Current developments in the two Austrian model cycling states Vorarlberg and Salzburg prove impressively what it takes to improve the framework conditions for cycling traffic: Modern information systems and high-quality infrastructure. CycleCompetence member Z_GIS, the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics (University of Salzburg), has developed a comprehensive information portal wit the so-called “Radlkarte”. Vorarlberg has compiled an exemplary accessibility model for every-day cycling traffic.
Comfortable cycle parking was given a sounding name by CycleCompetence member Innovametall: SAFETYDOCK®. Because SAFETYDOCK® stands for theft-proof, sheltered (e-)bike parking, charging and rent. With the straightforward handling of SAFETYDOCK® a uniqe infrastructure offer was created which will soon be made even more user-friendly with a new smartphone app.
Cycling should be rewarded, CycleCompetence members Bike Citizens and FGM are convinced and therefore they started the Bike Benefit Program. It is being tested as part of a feasibility study of the European Space Agency (ESA). The first test phase runs from 23 May to 10 July 2016 in Vienna, Graz and Bremen. As additional incentive to take the bicycle participants can cycle to earn vouchers and discounts for local shops. (more…)
The 9th Austrian Cycle Summit will be taking place in Burgenland’s capital Eisenstadt on 23 and 24 June 2016. The Cycle Summit aims to give new impulses for cycle traffic in the sector child and youth mobility. It also wants to point out possibilities how to transform the bicycle from tourism traffic to every-day traffic. (more…)
Many initiatives around the world are campaigning for an uptake of utilitarian cycling. One of them is the Austrian initiative Radelt zur Arbeit – English: “Bike to Work”. An evaluation study of the Cycle Competence Member AIT – Austrian Institute of Technologies sheds light on the impact of this campaign and provides insights on how a motivating social setting can be an effective tool for changing transportation habits. We offer the study HERE FOR DOWNLOAD. (more…)
High-level cycling infrastructure currently is in the international spotlight. In all of Europe fast lanes for cyclists with high-quality requirements, claiming a significant share of traffic budgets, are designed. The Viennese planning criteria for long-distance cycling routes have been published. This shows that high quality needs just as high requirements on future use of space over land as well as the necessary willingness to redistribute space in narrow inner cities. (more…)
Reduced physical activity in their daily lives has negative health effects on children and young people. Their leisure activities are mostly done in a seated position or lying down. Mag. Hans-Christian Miko from the Vienna Medical University offers evidence-based academic studies confirming the efficiency of cycling as remedy. He has compiled his presentation for the cycle traffic sub-committee of the Austrian transport ministry BMVIT.
Cycle traffic is omnipresent in the German capital. But the potentials and the needs are just as apparent. The city authorities want to tackle the problem of bicycle parking facilities. First interim results of their bicycle parking strategy were presented at the bicycle fair VELOBerlin in mid-April. More attention was created by the bicycle-plebiscite “ Volksentscheid Fahrrad” which aims to give the city a law on cycle traffic and wants to develop it into a genuine cycling city. (more…)
Three times a year the newsletter of the “CycleCompetence Austria” (Radkompetenz Österreich) offers up-to-date information, brand new studies and practical tips for improving cycle traffic. This way we want to reach as many readers all over Europe as possible. Subscribe to our newsletter to have the chance to win vouchers for cycle competent products from Austria in our new annual 2016 prize draw!