RADland Niederösterreich, an initiative by the province of Lower Austria, is taking the next step towards creating high-level cycling infrastructure for every-day cycling traffic between municipalities: Regional Mobility Secretary Ludwig Schleritzko presented eleven cycling highway routes and a new subsidy model. The preparatory work for the cycling highway conceptualisation was rendered by Cycle Competence member Verracon via an assessment of the potential. We are showing the eleven selected routes & regions which are to be built by 2030.
As the largest province with long-distance commuting routes, Lower Austria is facing major challenges caught between climate crisis and traffic. The provincial government is aiming high: “This specifically means that by 2030 over 40% of all journeys are to be covered on bikes, e-bikes, scooters or on foot – compared to currently 22%. For this the province of Lower Austria is developing a strategy for active mobility. By spring 2021 this is to create the basis for promoting cycling and pedistrian traffic”, said Schleritzko. One means to this end are cycling highways and high subsidies.
Assessment of potential shows target regions for 200km of cycling highway
As highest-ranking, high-quality cycling infrastructure with special standards cycling highways are rendering cycling particularly attractive on routes with the highest potential. As core element of future every-day mobility they could be the figurehead for Lower Austrian cycling infrastructure – the goal: By 2030 all of 200km of cycling highways are to be created. For this Cycle Competence member Verracon has created a model of the potential to identify suitable regions and route corridors. Different indicators of demand for every-day routes were applied and distances as well as topography were taken into account (we reported). The result are eleven regions with an especially high potential for utilisation of this high-ranking cycling infrastructure:
- Central axis St. Pölten – Lilienfeld
- Central axis Pressbaum – Wien.
- Wiener Neustadt – Baden – Mödling – Wien
- Route from Neunkirchen to Gloggnitz
- Weinviertel: Stockerau – Korneuburg – Wien
- Gänserndorf – Deutsch-Wagram – Wien
- Waldviertel: Gmünd – Schrems
- Mautern – Krems – Hadersdorf
- Mostviertel: Emmersdorf – Melk – Loosdorf
- Persenbeug – Ybbs – Wieselburg
- Waidhofen an der Ybbs – Kematen – Amstetten
Subsidy for rural areas
“We also want to increase attractiveness in the rural areas”, Schleritzko announced. Here, the subsidy level for so-called basic cycling networks amounts to up to 70% of investments, also according to ORF reports. “We are talking about subsidy levels between 60% to 80% for those regions in the province showing the highest potential for increasing the share of cycling traffic.” In order to successfully claim subsidies for a project three of the following six criteria have to be met:
- Bridging a gap
- Linking to existing connections
- Providing connections to train stations or bus hubs
- Linking districts or cadastral communes
- Having every-day institutions like schools or local supplies as target or source points.
- Defusing dangerous traffic situations
All information on cycling highways and subsidies are available here (in German) as part of the documentation of the RADLand academy on 22 October 2020 as well as in the recording of the RADLand academy available on YouTube.
Photo: Peter Provaznik / graphics: Land NÖ & Radkompetenz