The regional government of Lower Austria has set itself ambitious goals for increasing cycling and the necessary cycling infrastructure. Our Radkompetenz member Radland created ‚Radland GmbH – Agency for Active Mobility‘ in order to be a central point of reference for questions and awareness, led by Susanna Hauptmann, Lower Austria’s new commissioner for cycling. An important part of the measures being introduced is funding for communities in regions with high potential. Below is a short explanation of the funding system for communities.
The Lower Austrian funding programme for basic cycle networks
The guidelines for Lower-Austrian cycle route funding are broken down into two parts – funding categories A and B. Con.sens mobilitätsdesign has summarized the funding structures, conceptualized based on regional cycling potential. Con.sens mobilitätsdesign has received the green light for the regions of St. Pölten and Pukersdorf and is already in the planning phase for cycle routes in Mödling Nord. The funding is based on a regional assessment of the potential for daily cycling and commuting. Regions that show promise are selected for future development of their basic cycling network and their potential for ‚cycle superhighways‘.
In total, 37 potential regions have been selected. Over the next few years, cycle networks will be conceptualized for these areas. Communities within the 37 selected regions fall into the funding category A, communities outside of these fall into category B (rural development). 60 to 80 percent of the cost of building these new cycle networks is funded.
What is funded and in what amount?
In funding category A, financial support is offered for the planning and construction of cycle networks and ‚cycle superhighways‘. The funding proportion for ‚cycle superhighways‘ is 80% whereas the proportion for areas of basic cycle network is 70%.
In funding category B, funding supports improvement measures as well as conceptualizing, planning and implementing new infrastructure. The planning and building of new cycling facilities, including measure conceptualization, is funded up to 70% of the cost, however measure conceptualization is capped at €20,000.
More information on funding programmes can be found here, or a direct download here.
1.3 million euros to be invested in the Traisental Cycleway
The 111 kilometers of Traisental Cycleway is one of the most popular routes in the Mostviertel, seeing around 147,000 cyclists per year and is one of the ten main cycle routes in Lower Austria. Several measures are being undertaken to optimize and improve the route, including new and improved directions, cycle bridges in Herzogenburg, Hohenberg and St. Aegyd and resurfacing, including structural walls and supporting elements. In total, around 1.3 million euros is to be invested as part of the regional Ecoplus cycle funding prioritization.
This regional funding supports the investments of communities, businesses, organizations and individuals who make especially significant contributions to the economy of Lower Austria. The aims of these projects are to anchor sustainability and connection in local communities by innovating, increasing the perceived value of these areas and creating local jobs. You can find more information on the Ecoplus regional funding here.
New: Radland GmbH – Agency for Active Mobility
Radland GmbH – Agency for Active Mobility is responsible for the implementation of new mobility strategies, led by the new commissioner for cycling Susanna Hauptmann. She was put forward in May by state governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner and Lower Austrian mobility minister Ludwig Schleritzko. The Lower Austria state governor summarized the role of the new GmbH: „ For one, as a focal point to ensure unified progression and also to sharpen the sensibilities of those figures in roles of responsibility in regional government.“ This affirms Susanna Hauptmann’s (left) role. „Most importantly, we wish to support local municipalities and then work with societal partners to increase awareness of all aspects of mobility by bicycle and on foot.“ Funding requests for building projects and cycling infrastructure run directly through the regional government of Lower Austria.
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