With the cycling strategy decided on in 2017, the city of Salzburg has set ambitious targets. By 2025 the share of cycling traffic is to increase from currently 20% to at least 24%. With parallel measures in car traffic the cycling share could get up to as high as 28%. A central area for the measures set down in the cycling strategy is the creation of new cycling paths. These will ensure a safe and comfortable cycling infrastructure is available to cyclists throughout the whole city area.
The new CycleCompetence member con.sens verkehrsplanung zt gmbh has been awarded the leading role in the development of a main cycling network in Salzburg. In cooperation with the CycleCompetence member Z_GIS and the Urban Mobility Lab Salzburg (UML) the main cycle network is currently determined and an expansion programme is to be developed by 2025.
The backbone of the cycle network in Salzburg are the cycle paths along the Salzach. Cyclicsts can already cross the city from North to South on both sides of the river without a single stop at a traffic light or a crossing! Because of the high cycling volume – in the cycling season more than 15.000 cyclists per day – a few parts are already reaching their limits during rush hours. For a swift journey and more comfort improvements are necessary.
A future-proof cycling network also has to tender for the safety needs of younger traffic participants
Target: Comfortable cycling network
The aim is to offer a cycling network throughout the city ensuring safe and comfortable rides for all groups of users. Missing sections in the cycling network have to be identified and closed. Additionally, it should be ensured that every-day cyclists can ride along swiftly and comfortably. For this cycle roads are to be used more often on secondary routes. By autumn 2018 the catalogue of measures compiled by con.sens verkehrsplanung is to be presented and decided on by the city of Salzburg.
Salzburg is already offering a lot of good solutions for pedestrian and cycle traffic.
Pictures: Michael Szeiler, Martin Loidl, Stadt Salzburg