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.
Salzburg “Radlkarte” with four special features
At the cycling network meeting of the state Salzburg the current level of development of the cycling route planner “Radlkarte Salzburg” for the whole state of Salzburg as well as neighbouring municipalities in Bavaria was presented by Z_GIS. The interactive map offers features which cannot be found in other cycle route planners: quality assessment and modelling of cycling routes to increase the plausibility of the outcome; a comprehensive model optimising the routes according to traffic safety; detailed altitude profiles, calories burned on average and financial saving potential compared to the official kilometre allowance as well as the integration of very detailed weather data.
Martin Loidl from Z_GIS is quoted here that he is happy “we no only managed to develop a cycling routing that got a lot of attention but we also positioned spatial information as an elementary component of a comprehensive cycling promotion”.
Quality assessment of the Vorarlberg cycle network
Nowhere in Austria people like to cycle more and actually do cycle more than in Vorarlberg. To make as much use as possible of the major potential of cycling traffic in everyday life the regional government has commissioned an accessibility model for every day cycling traffic. The results show the good accessibility of some regions, need for action in establishing attractive fast connections for people cycling to work. The systematic analysis and assessment of the cycle traffic quality of the complete road and path network in Vorarlberg in its current form is unique in Austria, says the member of the regional parliament Johannes Rauch.
The accessibility model QUARAVO assesses how well suited settlement areas in Vorarlberg are for everyday cycling traffic. The research is based on GIS data provided by the state government of Vorarlberg as well as data from Open Street Map (OSM). Important everyday locations such as childcare facilities and local suppliers can already be reached well by cyclists in Vorarlberg especially in the Northern Rhine valley – the graphic representation of strengths and potential for improvement shows:
The study reveals impressive results: 70 percent of people in Vorarlberg live in settlement areas with good or very gut cycling accessibility. 94 percent of people in Vorarlberg can reach a childcare facility within ten minutes. But the accessibility of workplaces in the area Feldkirch-Walgau needs improvement:
Find more details on the study from Vorarlberg here.