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Study on the risks of dooring alongside parking vehicles

Cycle Competence member Rosinak & Partner has just finished a comprehensive study on cycling alongside parking vehicles and the risks associated with it. The study was commissioned by the Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV). All over Austria ten locations were researched via video analysis. Further, cyclists and car drivers were interviewed. The results show the risk potential for cyclists: (more…)

Two new members with a lot of energy

The number of companies, institutions and organisations making up and enriching the network of Cycle Competence Austria has grown by two to reach 26. We are welcoming the leading producer of outdoor charging stations for e-bikes, bike energy from Salzburg, as well as the mobility agency of the city of Vienna as new members of the platform.

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In Bicycle Heaven: Velo-city Conference Review

At the world’s biggest cycling summit „Velo-city 2017“which took place mid-June in Arnhem-Nijmegen in the Dutch province of Gelderland, Cycle Competence Austria had the great opportunity to present cycling knowledge “Made in Austria” to a broad audience. The conference itself and the cycling nation number one  convinced the attending 1.500 experts. (more…)

Cycling strategy city of Salzburg 2025+

The city of Salzburg already is one of the leading cycling cities of Austria with a 20% share of cycle traffic. Now it has presented its new cycling traffic strategy “Radstrategie Salzburg 2025+”.  Cycling traffic in Salzburg is to be given a strong impulse and is set to be increased to at least 24% by 2025. With additional reducing measures for car traffic a cycle traffic share of up to 28% would be possible. Cycle Competence members Rosinak & Partner and Z_GIS have contributed significantly to drawing up the cycle strategy. (more…)

Co-designing the city at the push of a button

Cycle Competence members Bike Citizens and komobile support citizen participation in Brussels and in Vienna’s eighths district Josefstadt – in quite different ways: Bike Citizens has co-developed the campaign “PING if you care!”. It allows cyclists in Brussels to report problem sites digitally. In Vienna’s Josefstadt komobile heads the participation process Lokale Agenda 21. Its cycling group has developed a cycling map for the district and can celebrate first political successes. (more…)

City of Salzburg: Assessment of potential for bike-sharing system

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.

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Partnership on Cycling: Transnational cycling traffic strategy in Belgrade

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 transport revolution: Cargo bikes on the advance

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!

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Cycle Competence trip: German Cycling Academy visits Vienna

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…)

Fresh Facts: Cars as safety hazard, bicycles as casualties

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…)

Research project “GISMO”: Gaining health effects through active commuting

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…)

Landmark court decision for more cycling safety

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.

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“KinderRadSpaß” 2016: Cycle competence and fun for 1,500 children

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…)

Survey shows the potential to convince people to cycle

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…)

THE CYCLECOMPETENCE PRIZE DRAW: WIN A RAINCOMBI!

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 benefits are twice as high as the costs

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…)

Cycling saves time: Study on speeding up cycle traffic

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.

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Gendered Sharrows: Innovative road markings used for the first time

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…)

VELLO develops first self-recharging e-folding bike

“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…)

Trailblazing cycling map and quality criteria in Vorarlberg and Salzburg

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.

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New App to reserve safe bicycle parking

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.
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Innovative reward system for cycling

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…)

Cycle Summit in Burgenland with a CycleCompetence concentrate

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…)