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Styria’s GO! Radmobil initiative

The GO RADMOBIL initiative is part of the cycle strategy of the Austrian province of Styria. With it the regional government wants to get people to rethink mobility. A lot of areas in the province are more suitable for cars than for people. With more sustainable mobility the living quality is to be improved. Trofaiach leads by example and has earmarked €1.5m for a cycling concept.

The title GO RADMOBIL stands for a conscious choice of mode of transport suited to a specific need. It is also about a fair distribution of road space to ensure safety of all road users. This makes good infrastructure and attractive framework conditions necessary. The cycle competence member, the province of Styria, is proactive in both areas as parts of its cycle traffic strategy Styria and the GO RADMOBIL initiative

Subsidies activates municipalities: The Trofaiach example

The province of Styria’s comprehensive subsidy programme further supports municipalities and companies in planning and realising measures improving cycling mobility. Trofaiach shows what can be achieved: The town with 11,000 inhabitants invests €1.5m in its new cycle traffic concept (source).

With 143km2 Trofaiach is larger than Graz measures by area. Still, the town aims to connect the various districts with the inner city. To achieve this, four new main routes were planned leading from areas with high population density to the city centre. It is important that these are continuous cycle paths of good quality and well sign-posted to ensure the people of Trofaiach will be happy to use the new infrastructure.

Planning the main cycling route in Trofaiach as set down in the cycle traffic concept

As part of the motivational programme more people are to be convinced to use their bikes – starting with the little ones. Cycling courses are to be introduced from kindergarten age. Further, there are to be more cycling events like the annual cycle festival in Trofaiach. Additionally, the city wants to offer courses on how to handle e-bikes.

The re-design of the city centre into a “Begegnungszone”, i.e. an are with a speed limit of 20km/h in which all road users have equal rights, has been shown to be successful: The average speed fell from 37 to 28 km/h within a matter of weeks.

 

Posted on October 7, 2019