From Dunav to Salzach: Cycle tourism, signposting, research results

From Dunav to Salzach: Cycle tourism, signposting, research results

The valleys and planes along the Danube offer outstanding potential for cycle tourism and climate-friendly local traffic on bicycles. Austria is leading a project consortium trying to realize this potential. Also along the Salzach Cycle Competence is active on multiple levels: con.sens mobilitätsdesign is testing new cycling signposting and the Bicycle Observatory is providing new insights. Further, Cycle Competence member Innovametall is among the winners of VCÖ prizes. Our member news:

European project: Danube Cycle Plans

The international project Danube Cycle Plans that was started with an online conference on 28 September 2020 is all about cycle traffic along the Danube. This is to be rendered attractive not only for tourists but also become an important building block for sustainable mobility in the Danube region.

From Dunav to Salzach: Cycle tourism, signposting, research results

For the project, Cycle Competence members the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection (BMK) and Verracon and cycling experts from eight other countries along the Danube are developing a joint Danube Cycling Strategy. The goal is to promote the bicycle as a healthy means of transport on a par with other modes of transportation in the Danube region. On a national level cycle path networks are set down which are then connected at the borders into a Danube Cycle Route Network. Comparing common minimum quality standards for expanding cycling infrastructure to existing infrastructure allows an assessment of necessary investments in the region. Danube Cycling Ambassadors are to help to remove obstacles in the implementation of the necessary measures by sharing their experiences and telling their cycling stories. In their own countries as well as others along the Danube they are to create awareness for the added-value of cycling.

Testing Innovative Cycling Signposting in Salzburg

The city of Salzburg wants to increase the share of cycling in the modal split from currently 20% to a minimum of 24% by 2025. Cycle Competence member con.sens mobilitätsdesign has been leading a team to develop a major cycling network which was unanimously okayed by the Salzburg municipal council. Since then the implementation of the measures is in the works.

From Dunav to Salzach: Cycle tourism, signposting, research results

As an additional improvement for cyclists con.sens mobilitätsdesign together with the engineering office kleeplan has developed an innovative cycling signposting concept: At main points there are floor markings on the road or the cycle path to improve orientation. Particularly at crossings and junctions this helps to intuitively clarify the direction cyclists should take. The colour of the route floor markings match those on the schematic plan of the main cycling network. Based on its recognition value and its presence in the public space the markings also have a promotional effect for cycling in Salzburg. Since the beginning of October the test route from Salzburg to Liefering/Freilassing is operational. Cyclists are invited to provide feedback and suggestions for improvement via radverkehr@stadt-salzburg.at . Based on the feedback of cyclists as well as test rides the test route will be evaluated. Next year the implementation of the signposting system is scheduled to be rolled out over the whole main cycling network in Salzburg.

At the start and end of the route as well as on crossings with other main cycling routes information pillars are to be placed. These will provide information on major points along the route and the time it takes to get there. At important intersections there will additionally be a conventional signposting showing target points and distances.

From Dunav to Salzach: Cycle tourism, signposting, research results

Not all cyclist are the same!

Very often people talk about “the cyclists” when referring to people using a bicycle. More often than not they are not taking into account that all cyclists are different. Apart from age and physical fitness the (mobility) lifestyle as well as sets of value are deciding the actual mobility behaviour. And this is where cyclists sometimes differ the most.

Within the framework of the research project Bicycle Observatory – funded by the BMK as part of the “Mobility of the Future” programme – sociologist, communication experts and geoinformatics experts were working on identifying and describing different types of cyclists. Using a so-called design sociological approach supplemented with methods from the field of spatial data science, four types were identified eventually. They differ in their relation to cycling and their actual mobility behaviour.

From Dunav to Salzach: Cycle tourism, signposting, research results

As shown by the collected data, the transitions between the types which are delineated via statistical cluster analysis are in flux. Sometimes cyclists can also be assigned to several types – for example depending on the concrete reason for their journey by bicycle.

To present the mixed-method approach but particularly also the complexity of the results the project consortium chose new ways in the scientific documentation and communication. Under the leadership of Helios a video was produced which rendered abstract study results as an animation and joined them with examples from reality. The video together with an accompanying scientific article is available here on the project website. More information is available on bicycle-observatory.zgis.at .

The research project Bicycle Observatory is headed by Cycle Competence member University of Salzburg, Z_GIS. Part of the consortium is also our member PRISMA Solutions. Associated partners are among others Bike Citizens and the City of Salzburg, both also Cycle Competence members. As part of the virtual #AGIT2020 research activities and results were presented and discussed with experts. The recorded webinar can be viewed here.

VCÖ mobility prize Lower Austria with Cycle Competence

One of the winner projects of this year’s VCÖ mobility price Lower Austria was implemented with the help of Cycle Competence member Innovametall:

From Dunav to Salzach: Cycle tourism, signposting, research results

Recently, the town of Wieselburg has massively expanded the offer of climate-compatible Mobility. Last autumn a mobility centre was opened at the train station comprising a bus terminal, covered cycle parking, lockable bicycle boxes of the high-end variety “Safetydock” provided by Cycle Competence member Innovametall, e-loading stations and a barrier-free pedestrian bridge. This year’s VCÖ mobility prize Lower Austria was titled “Bringing traffic on climate course”. Vice Governor Stephan Pernkopf stressed the expansion of cycle traffic: “Particularly short distances can be covered on foot or with the bicycle. Our goal is to double the share of cycling traffic in Lower Austria over the next years because we have to actively counter climate change.” All winners of the VCÖ mobility prizes can be found here.

Photos: Marko Mestrovic, Kleeplan, Innovametall

 

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From Dunav to Salzach: Cycle tourism, signposting, research results

The valleys and planes along the Danube offer outstanding potential for cycle tourism and climate-friendly local traffic on bicycles. Austria is leading a project consortium trying to realize this potential. Also along the Salzach Cycle Competence is active on multiple levels: con.sens mobilitätsdesign is testing new cycling signposting and the Bicycle Observatory is providing new insights. Further, Cycle Competence member Innovametall is among the winners of VCÖ prizes. Our member news:

European project: Danube Cycle Plans

The international project Danube Cycle Plans that was started with an online conference on 28 September 2020 is all about cycle traffic along the Danube. This is to be rendered attractive not only for tourists but also become an important building block for sustainable mobility in the Danube region.

From Dunav to Salzach: Cycle tourism, signposting, research results

For the project, Cycle Competence members the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection (BMK) and Verracon and cycling experts from eight other countries along the Danube are developing a joint Danube Cycling Strategy. The goal is to promote the bicycle as a healthy means of transport on a par with other modes of transportation in the Danube region. On a national level cycle path networks are set down which are then connected at the borders into a Danube Cycle Route Network. Comparing common minimum quality standards for expanding cycling infrastructure to existing infrastructure allows an assessment of necessary investments in the region. Danube Cycling Ambassadors are to help to remove obstacles in the implementation of the necessary measures by sharing their experiences and telling their cycling stories. In their own countries as well as others along the Danube they are to create awareness for the added-value of cycling.

Testing Innovative Cycling Signposting in Salzburg

The city of Salzburg wants to increase the share of cycling in the modal split from currently 20% to a minimum of 24% by 2025. Cycle Competence member con.sens mobilitätsdesign has been leading a team to develop a major cycling network which was unanimously okayed by the Salzburg municipal council. Since then the implementation of the measures is in the works.

From Dunav to Salzach: Cycle tourism, signposting, research results

As an additional improvement for cyclists con.sens mobilitätsdesign together with the engineering office kleeplan has developed an innovative cycling signposting concept: At main points there are floor markings on the road or the cycle path to improve orientation. Particularly at crossings and junctions this helps to intuitively clarify the direction cyclists should take. The colour of the route floor markings match those on the schematic plan of the main cycling network. Based on its recognition value and its presence in the public space the markings also have a promotional effect for cycling in Salzburg. Since the beginning of October the test route from Salzburg to Liefering/Freilassing is operational. Cyclists are invited to provide feedback and suggestions for improvement via radverkehr@stadt-salzburg.at . Based on the feedback of cyclists as well as test rides the test route will be evaluated. Next year the implementation of the signposting system is scheduled to be rolled out over the whole main cycling network in Salzburg.

At the start and end of the route as well as on crossings with other main cycling routes information pillars are to be placed. These will provide information on major points along the route and the time it takes to get there. At important intersections there will additionally be a conventional signposting showing target points and distances.

From Dunav to Salzach: Cycle tourism, signposting, research results

Not all cyclist are the same!

Very often people talk about “the cyclists” when referring to people using a bicycle. More often than not they are not taking into account that all cyclists are different. Apart from age and physical fitness the (mobility) lifestyle as well as sets of value are deciding the actual mobility behaviour. And this is where cyclists sometimes differ the most.

Within the framework of the research project Bicycle Observatory – funded by the BMK as part of the “Mobility of the Future” programme – sociologist, communication experts and geoinformatics experts were working on identifying and describing different types of cyclists. Using a so-called design sociological approach supplemented with methods from the field of spatial data science, four types were identified eventually. They differ in their relation to cycling and their actual mobility behaviour.

From Dunav to Salzach: Cycle tourism, signposting, research results

As shown by the collected data, the transitions between the types which are delineated via statistical cluster analysis are in flux. Sometimes cyclists can also be assigned to several types – for example depending on the concrete reason for their journey by bicycle.

To present the mixed-method approach but particularly also the complexity of the results the project consortium chose new ways in the scientific documentation and communication. Under the leadership of Helios a video was produced which rendered abstract study results as an animation and joined them with examples from reality. The video together with an accompanying scientific article is available here on the project website. More information is available on bicycle-observatory.zgis.at .

The research project Bicycle Observatory is headed by Cycle Competence member University of Salzburg, Z_GIS. Part of the consortium is also our member PRISMA Solutions. Associated partners are among others Bike Citizens and the City of Salzburg, both also Cycle Competence members. As part of the virtual #AGIT2020 research activities and results were presented and discussed with experts. The recorded webinar can be viewed here.

VCÖ mobility prize Lower Austria with Cycle Competence

One of the winner projects of this year’s VCÖ mobility price Lower Austria was implemented with the help of Cycle Competence member Innovametall:

From Dunav to Salzach: Cycle tourism, signposting, research results

Recently, the town of Wieselburg has massively expanded the offer of climate-compatible Mobility. Last autumn a mobility centre was opened at the train station comprising a bus terminal, covered cycle parking, lockable bicycle boxes of the high-end variety “Safetydock” provided by Cycle Competence member Innovametall, e-loading stations and a barrier-free pedestrian bridge. This year’s VCÖ mobility prize Lower Austria was titled “Bringing traffic on climate course”. Vice Governor Stephan Pernkopf stressed the expansion of cycle traffic: “Particularly short distances can be covered on foot or with the bicycle. Our goal is to double the share of cycling traffic in Lower Austria over the next years because we have to actively counter climate change.” All winners of the VCÖ mobility prizes can be found here.

Photos: Marko Mestrovic, Kleeplan, Innovametall

 

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