The new online-tool “Raumverteiler” (ie. space distributor) serves to re-assign Austrian street space based on well-founded facts. Where is space for a cycle lane in a road cross-section? How wide does it have to be according to legal guidelines? Where do trees, seating areas and cycle parking fit in? Or should the street be turned into an encounter zone (“Begegnungszone”)? The tool is based on the Open Source Software streetmix.net from the US. It was adapted to fit Austrian standards for Cycle Competence Austria by Die Radvokaten and Happytree IT and supported by klimaaktiv mobil, an initiative by the climate protection ministry BMK. It now includes current information from the guidelines and rules for the road sector (RVS) as well as the definitions from the road code (StVO) and the street marking regulation. This way it contributes to the aim of our platform to provide the best possible knowledge on cycle traffic frameworks.
How does the “Raumverteiler” work?
The webtool is easy to use and self-explanatory: street elements can be exchanged, deleted or changed. Widths are adaptable and the tools warns if widths are too narrow. It can also show the remaining space as a cross-section. The guideline texts offer help. The first step is very easy: Choose a new street and start!
This luxuriously dimensioned exemplary street is the default setting for the “Raumverteiler”. 23 metres width and three trees. What’s there to improve? One option from the menu at the bottom of the screen: pedestrian zones or encounter zones (“Begegnungszonen”).
Before inserting a new element, every other element can be deleted or narrowed to make room for the new element. In this case the car lanes are changed:
Afterwards, the zone element can be inserted. From the options, for example, the encounter zone can be chosen:
The accompanying text explains all relevant information from StVO and RVS and links to additional information:
For example, the design proposals and the width requirements from the RVS guidelines are stated – in this case for the bike lane:
According to the RVS guidelines the tool shows a warning as soon as you narrow an element too much:
Naturally, there also has to be sufficient space for a gastronomic range. Streets are living areas, after all – if they are designed accordingly! Coffee in a “Schanigarten”, anyone?
This is what the encounter design could look like after the completed re-design:
The design phases can be saved to your computer or directly shared via social media and e-mail:
Instead of the nice exemplary street you can, of course, also choose a real street from your residential area or an upcoming planning project. Just change the elements accordingly and adjust the overall width of the street:
This way the challenge can be visualised how to include cycle traffic and living quality – while adhering to the guidelines – into an actual street designed with cars in mind:
The parking strip element clearly illustrates the diverse options the “Raumverteiler” offers for individual elements: Direction of traffic, orientation and quality can be adjusted as well as signposts and the colour of a bike lane. The people shown are chosen by a random generator.
Now we can start – how to get safe cycle traffic and rule-consistent sidewalks into this street? Open the “Raumverteiler”!
We welcome feedback and suggestions for improvement. Please send them to email@example.com .
Webinar as an introduction
We will be explaining to tool on 13 April together with the developers from Happy Tree IT as part of our online event “This is cycle traffic!”. We are inviting participants to re-design a street in their residential are. The results will be discussed in the group. Duration: Three hours in total with breaks and working phases. (Registration closed on 6 April – details of the programme can be found here)