Cycling concepts, state awards, new projects: member news!

The news from our CycleCompetence members Bike Citizens, FGM, Innovametall, Planoptimo, Rosinak & Partner, VELLO, woom, the province of Vorarlberg are impressive: One state award for design was fetched, new trains as well as new products and kid’s bicycles were launched, one Eurobike Award was one, one cycling concept for Bregenz was designed, the city of Hannover was supported and a lot more is happening. Even Austria’s president Alexander van der Bellen was on board!

State Award Design for VELLO

Out of 279 entries the VELLO Bike developed by product designer Valentin Vodev was awarded Austria’s most important design prize: Every other year the ministry for digitalisation and business location (BMDW) is awarding the prestigious “Staatspreise” together with designaustria. There are three categories and the one for product design/consumer goods went to CycleCompetence member VELLO!

Pictured is the VELLO team receiving the award while Vodev himself was at the TechCrunch Disrupt in Silicon Valley, one of the leading technology conferences. He presented the new VELLO+ Titan, a new dimension in the segment of light e-folding bikes.

A video (in German) on VELLO’s success story can be viewed here:

President in new bicycle compartment


The new ÖBB Cityjet TALENT3 manufactured by Bombardier is set to replace the current regional and short-distance trains in Vorarlberg. The model is the first worldwide to include a multi-functional area with 42 cycle parking spots and also brackets for skis and snowboards in winter. At the bus-rail mobile day in Dornbirn CycleCompetence member Radfreundlich Vorarlberg represented by regional MP Johannes Rauch, the local public transport association Verkehrsverbund and Austrian railways ÖBB all possibilities for a gentle, environmentally friendly and modern mobility. Austria’s federal president Alexander Van der Bellen was also impressed: “A well developed, modern public transport system is an important investment in climate protection.” More information on the new trains on #PlatzfuerAlle

New mobility stations at the train station in Wieselburg

On 4 October the municipality of Wieselburg celebrated the opening of its redesigned train station. Apart from high-quality, sheltered bicycle parking cyclists can now also park their bikes as well as their luggage in the secure SAFETYDOCK® cycling boxes designed by CycleCompetence member Innovametall. They also include plugs to charge e-bikes. The station re-design was part of a comprehensive mobility concept for which Wieselburg commissioned CycleCompetence member Rosinak & Partner. The pedestrian bridge, roofing and mobility stations were provided by Innovametall. With this model project Wieselburg serves as an example for a functioning, modern every-day mobility.

New children’s bicycles and award-winning rain jacket

The product range of woom Bikes has become more diversified this year: Apart from the well-known and popular light-weight children’s bicycles – which are sought after well beyond the Austrian borders various – the “OFF” has now joined the family, a fast mountain bike with disc brakes. Additionally woom now offers every-day child’s wear with fun designs branded “Worn to be wild”. The product range now also includes the first e-children’s bike made by woom.

The e-bike was presented as a prototype at this year’s Eurobike trade fair. It can be ridden with or without e-power as the motor including the battery can be removed from the frame.

For the adventure jacket “Supersonic” woom won the prestigious Eurobike Award! From the statement of the Eurobike Award Jury: “A great deal of effort has obviously gone into the design of this multipurpose children’s jacket.” The new woom fashion label “Worn to be wild” will be available in the woom online-shop from 15 October in sizes 100/110 to 150/160. A few selected styles will also be available in adult sizes.

Anniversary of the Bicycle Policy Audit

The project BYPAD – Bicycle Policy Audit is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. This instrument provided by CycleCompetence member FGM has already helped improve cycle traffic systems in over 200 cities and regions in Europe and beyond. FGM has trained more than 100 auditors in 25 countries.

The BYPAD programme consists of a moderated own-assessment of cycling activities. Based on this an action plan for quality improvement is developed. In the anniversary year the tools were re-designed and the website was updated. It is now available in its new design. The next annual training for auditors will take place in July 2020 in Graz:

New cycling concept for Bregenz

Vorarlberg’s capital Bregenz has been given a new cycle traffic concept based on a design by CycleCompetence member Planoptimo Köll. The development of the concept was accompanied by workshops with citizens and stakeholders. It was focused on assessing and updating the successful concept from 1995. For this a status analysis of the current infrastructure offerings, a data analysis of traffic targets within the city limits, analysis of the main cycle traffic flows and the number of accidents were assessed. Details in this article (in German) in the Vorarlberger Nachrichten.

Bike Citizens cycling app in the Hannover region

Getting to know cyclists better and creating more space for bicycles – these are the targets set by Hannover where the “Lust auf Fahrrad”, i.e. appetite for cycling, campaign wants to increase cycle traffic. In a two-year, state-subsidised project data about cycling behaviour in the region of Hannover is to be collected. For this the region is using the complete digital portfolio on offer from CycleCompetence member Bike Citizens: Apart from navigation, tracking and motivational campaigns it also includes the analysis of cycle traffic data. The data collected via the Bike Citizens App provides fact-based knowledge and can then be used as basis for designing safe and gapless cycling infrastructure in the whole region.

Photos: Matthias Rhomberg, Stadt Hannover, Stadt Bregenz, Staatspreis Design, woom, Innovametall


Posted on October 7, 2019