A cycle superhighway with widths up to 4m will soon connect the district of Donaustadt with Vienna’s city centre by widening existing bike lanes and closing gaps in the cycle network. In Vienna, over 17km of new bike paths are planned for 2022. In Salzburg, Radkompetenz member Con.sens Mobilitätsdesign is working on two cycle infrastructure projects which could literally bridge the gap between networks in Salzburg and Bavaria.
Connecting cycle projects in Salzburg
The city and region of Salzburg are well known for their diverse initiatives for increasing the percentage of cyclists in traffic. The region of Salzburg has drafted a network plan for the entire area with a focus on increasing everyday useage. The program of quality standards for everyday-use cycling networks has been implemented on a municipal basis and has been financially supported by the regional government. There is also a special project in the pipeline, which would connect the cycle networks of Salzburg and neighbouring Bavaria. This will be given the go-ahead as soon as the necessary political decisions have been made.
Photomontge of the planned cycle bridge next to the railway bridge over the Salzach river.
The planned bridge between the city of Salzburg and the town of Freilassing is a major part of the cross-border premium cycle path and a further bridge between Anthering and Saaldorf-Surheim will create an important link to the north of the city. Radkompetenz member Con.sens Mobilitätsdesign has estimated the time saved by the new links and the potential for both foot and bicycle traffic as part of an inter-regional project. The results are impressive: the Salzach bridge at Anthering has the potential to carry up to 400,000 pedestrians and cyclists per year and the Saalach bridge between Freilassing and Salzburg up to one million!
The planned Saalach bridge route is 1.2km shorter and on average 4 minutes quicker than the old route.
Bike parking in Salzburg’s Old Town
Radkompetenz member the City of Salzburg are striving to increase cycling in the city from 20% to 24%. They consider bicycle parking to play an important role in making cycling a more attractive prospect. Con.sens Mobilitätsdesign has been commissioned by the city to conceptualise bicycle parking improvements with a particular focus on the Old Town, where demand is particularly high. The challenge is to create a design which is in-keeping with the aesthetics of the city. To satisfy the city’s requirements, a new model of bike stand has been prototyped which is currently being tested at the recently renovated Katetanerplatz. A notable development in bicycle parking is that the innovative bicycle parking directive of the Salzburg region, which sets out higher design standards, has replaced the Salzburg technical building law in which the number of bicycle parking places was previously defined.
The newly designed parking hoops in Salzburg’s Old Town.
The two new concepts will be presented on the 4th and 5th of April at the Bicycle Summit in Vienna by cycle coordinators Ursula Hemetsberger and Peter Weiss alongside Con.sens Mobilitätsdesign.
Many new cycle paths and superhighways planned in Vienna
By the year 2023, 14km of either new or improved bike paths will be created by the City of Vienna, in particular in the 22nd district (Donaustadt). A highlight of the planned improvements is the new cycle path connection on the Donaustadtstraße from Kagran to Stadtlau which will be built as a 2.5km, two-way route in three stages and be completed by 2023. The first section between Lange Allee and Neuhaufenstraße is due to reach completion this year.
In the newly structured Breitenleer Straße, a red bus and cycle lane will be created; the first implementation of this particular form of infrastructure in Vienna:
Cycle superhighway from Kagraner Platz to the City Centre
A 7km long, high-priority cycle route is going to be built from Kagraner Platz, via the Lassallestraße and the Praterstraße all the way to the centre of Vienna. To accomplish this, existing cycle paths will be redeveloped and gaps in the route will be closed. The highlight of this route is the 4m wide bi-directional cycle path along the Lassallestraße, Praterstraße, Aspernbrückengasse, and over the Aspernbrücke which will create the long-distance route from the first district to the Donaustadt.
On the Praterstraße between the Donaukanal and Praterstern, one lane for motorised traffic will be removed in order to widen the cycle path, while on the side of the Praterstraße leading into the city, the existing cycle path, two lanes for motorised traffic and one for parking will remain. The continuation of the route from the Praterstraße will cross the Praterstern, where bottleneck solutions are yet to be finalised, onto the Lassallestraße, where the existing bi-directional cycle path will be widened, to the busy interchange at the Reichsbrücke where the cycle path crosses the Danube.
Artist’s impression of the new 4m wide cycle path leading away from the city centre.
(Renderings: zoomvp.at/Mobilitätsagentur Wien)
Viennese Cycle Paths: A look back at 2021 and looking ahead to 2022
According to analysis by Radkompetenz member Radlobby, in 2021 4.8km of segregated cycle paths and 1.4km of bike-priority streets were created in Vienna along with 10.6km of one-way streets being opened to bi-directional cycle traffic. 160m of long distance cycle path was also improved to cycle superhighway standard.
According to Radkompetenz member Fahrrad Wien, this year, a further 17km of improvements to a range of cycling infrastructure will be undertaken. For example, the planned rennovation of the Heiligenstädter bridge will be used to close a gap in the cycle network. Here, the completion of pedestrian and cycling elements as well as disabled access to the Donaukanal is planned for 2023. The Davidgasse in the 10th district (Favoriten) will receive a cycle-friendly transformation, building work on a bi-directional, segregated cycle path will be started on the Linke Wienzeile between Winckelmannstraße and Anschützgasse and the bicycle-friendly Goldschlagstraße will be completed by means of a 900m long route connection. In this case, the term ‘bicycle-friendly’ refers to a viennese varient of bicycle routing which is based on the conecpt of the bike-priority street but not officially designated as one.
An overview of the Viennese Building Program for Cycling Infrastructure 2022 can be found here.