Cycle Competence Member FGM has compiled a vademecum and guidebook commissioned by the transport ministry (bmvit) – because there is a lot of potential for winter cycling in Austria.
Those that are frequently cycling during the winter months soon notice that it does not snow or freeze that often. Many Austrian regions, especially the provinces’ capitals, where the majority of the population lives, has little snow over the winter. Snow drifts, low temperatures below zero degrees Celsius and icy roads are more the exception than the rule.
For many people cycling in winter therefore means cycling in temperatures just above zero and darkness. Additional challenges are leaves, grit or de-icing salt.
On most winter days cycling is as comfortable and safe as ever. This means theoretically the share of cyclists in winter could be similarly to that during the summer months. In fact, however, the spread between winter and summer is very different. In Austria only every third cyclist is pedalling throughout the year. Cycling in winter is becoming more and more popular but there is still a lot of potential. In Denmark around 70% of cyclists also use their bikes in winter, in the Netherlands the share is as high as 80%.
Now the following vademecum and guidebook were published (in German): Cycling in Winter – Strategies to promote cycling during the cold season
This vademecum is aimed at people interested in cycling traffic. It wants to point out the potentials of winter cycling. At the same time it wants to provide municipalities with practical information and tips how to promote winter cycling more efficiently. On the one hand, data and facts on the potential of winter cycling are provided. On the other hand, authorities responsible for traffic policies and road administration are presented with measures how to make cycling in winter more attractive.
The compact brochure (in German) “Cycling in Winter – with the bike through the cold season” provides cyclists and those that want to join those ranks with tips and tricks how to successfully and safely cycle in winter. These include the right clothing, a well-equipped bicycle and a safe cycling technique on icy patches.
Both publications on cycling in winter can be ordered here: https://www.bmvit.gv.at/verkehr/ohnemotor/publikationen/radfahrenimwinter.html
Photo: Christian Fürthner/Mobilitätsagentur Wien