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International Study confirms the positive effects of pop-up cycling infrastructure

During the first months of the Coronavirus pandemic, a worldwide trend emerged: the bicycle is a resilient mode of transport the use of which grew dramatically. Many municipalities saw this and responded by implementing pop-up bike lanes. Scientists at the climate research institute MCC asked, if this kind of investment in bicycle infrastructure would lead to the desired behavioral effects. [...]

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Austria-wide study: Cycle traffic, the potential for expansion

The Institute of Advanced Studies was tasked by Radkompetenz member Klimaaktiv to perform a representative survey assessing the potential to increase cycling uptake in the Austrian population based on behavioral ecomonomics and subsequently, to compare these results to the participation group of the initiative ‘Österreich radelt’ (Austria cycles). Below, we will summarize the most important findings. The future cyclist is [...]

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Cycle Competence Raumverteiler re-designs streets

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”)? [...]

COVID and mobility: Cycling brings freedom during the crisis

Over one year ago now, we saw the start of the Corona crisis. One of its most surprising results is the increase in cycle traffic and bicycle sales. No matter whether for every-day cycling trips or sportive activities – since last year, the bicycle has significants gained in popularity and importance. Cycle Competence members Bike Citizens, Fahrrad Wien and KTM [...]

Corona-Update: Cycling as a means of transportation out of the crisis

It can be labeled a paradigm shift when news about kilometres of new pop-up bike lanes, new speed limits for cars and other promotions of cycle traffic are coming in from hundreds of cities in Europe. The European Union has also taken first steps to place cycle traffic on an equal level with car traffic. Some of these developments had [...]

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Test winner, awards and new appearances

Three Cycle Competence members made strong appearances in June: Bike Citizens from Graz received an award from climate minister Leonore Gewessler (Greens) for its research activities. Austrias leading bicycle manufacturer KTM clearly won the e-bike test of the consumer lobby VKI. And communication agency katapult developed the brand strategy process for the cycling school “Schulterblick” (glance over the shoulder) for [...]

THE CYCLING WORLD IN TIMES OF CORONA

Times of crisis are shaking society and also offer a chance for transformation. Familiar norms are being questioned, routines are changing and previously unimaginable leeways for interventions are opening up. In our current harrowing situation this is also true for cycle traffic: Everything is possible from restrictions to more flexibility. We have taken a look – from Bogotá via Berlin [...]

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Mobility change in metropolises: Results of the “Mobility Futures” study

According to the “Mobility Futures” study published in 2019, urban traffic all over the world will have changed by 2030. Using sustainable means of transport and doing without a car – this will be the trend over the next decade, according to the study done by the globally active trend research institute Kantar. We briefly summarised the results. With an [...]

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Austrian Cycling Summit 2020 cancelled!

From 29 to 31 March 2020, the 13th Austrian Cycling Summit was meant to take place in Vienna. Unfortunately, Coronavirus (Covid-19) made the Austrian government cancel all big events until April. So also our CEE Forum on Tuesday 31, where the platform Cycle Competence Austria wanted to offer a special focus on the CEE area, cannot happen. […]

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Cycling concepts, state awards, new projects: member news!

The news from our CycleCompetence members Bike Citizens, FGM, Innovametall, Planoptimo, Rosinak & Partner, VELLO, woom, the province of Vorarlberg are impressive: One state award for design was fetched, new trains as well as new products and kid’s bicycles were launched, one Eurobike Award was one, one cycling concept for Bregenz was designed, the city of Hannover was supported and [...]

Global cycling conference: Velo-city 2019 in Dublin

Dublin is hosting this year’s Velo-city conference and with it over 1,000 experts and activists helping cycle traffic to achieve the significance and attention it deserves. From 25 to 29 June the summit of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) will offer a diversified expert programme. Cycle Competence Austria is contributing to that. Yesterday it was officially announced that the next [...]

Linking reporting platforms for potholes

Especially in every-day cycling potholes and other damages to the road surface are a nuisance as they have to be avoided daily. For the road maintenance administration it is important to efficiently deal with reports about such damages. CycleCompetence member PRISMA solutions has found an intelligent solution to link the regional database for the German province of Hessen with the international [...]

European cycling summit 2018 in Salzburg

From 24 to 26 September the European Cycling Summit will take place in Salzburg under the heading “Cycling culture moves”. The three-day event is to set a new impulse for establishing a comprehensive cycling culture in cities and municipalities with the help of international experts. Cycle Competence Austria is inviting you to join us for a themed breakfast at our [...]

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Cargo bike sharing in the trial phase

Research project LARA Share goes into the trial phase! It aims to increase the integration of cargo bikes into commercial and private goods transport. Companies and private individuals are to be motivated to do without cars for short, inner-city routes with small amounts of goods to transport. The sharing platform for cargo bikes developed by a project team including Cycle Competence member [...]

Health! Cycling as precious preventive measure

The positive effects of active mobility on society can also be measured financially: More and more studies confirm the positive health aspects of active mobility – even in cities. But especially when cycling it is important that the conditions are right. Why cycling as a means of transport is a real motor for health is the topic of an article [...]

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Project GISMO: Trial version and an expert workshop

Since autumn, 2016 researchers from wide-ranging fields headed by CycleCompetence member Z_GIS (University of Salzburg) have been working on solutions to promote active, healthy commuter mobility. Before the project ends in autumn 2018 we offer a brief update and an expert summit was held on 5 July in Salzburg. […]

EU awards €14m to cargo bike research

Currently the European Union is promoting three cargo bike projects running from 2018 to 2021. The three projects of the promotion programs Horizon 2020 and INTERREG cover very different topics such as rolling city furniture, mobility concepts and product development of fuel cells. Meanwhile “KlimaEntLaster” are rolling through the Lower Austrian Mostviertel. […]

New study: Cycle tourism and rental potential in Austria

The significance of the bicycle as a means for daily travel as well as cycle tourism are strongly increasing. A joint study by CycleCompetence member Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the MODUL University Vienna commissioned by the Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism (BMNT) analyzed international bike rental systems. […]

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Luxembourg’s cycle-friendly reform

In 2017, the Luxembourg traffic ministry commissioned a best-practice study in 2017 to analyse the legal situation of cyclists in six European countries. The focus was on regulation regarding traffic organisation and infrastructure. The Viennese traffic planning office komobile was also part of the study. The result is a comprehensive reform of the legal framework concerning cyclists, which was implemented [...]

CityChanger CargoBike

Not only do transport bicycles remain a trend topic, their importance is also continuously growing. Their increased use as a climate-friendly alternative to a motorised car is given new impetus by two projects with CycleCompetence background: “CityChangerCargoBike” and “KlimaEntLaster” (a word play on the German word for easing a burden “entlasten” and for truck “Laster”). In September the Horizon 2020 [...]

Bike-sharing systems: AIT optimises location planning

Not least the entry of large Asian rental bike providers into the Austrian market triggered very controversial discussions of bike-sharing over the last months, particularly in Vienna. As part of the PlanBiSS project, researchers at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology developed a tool taking into account demand, re-distribution and maintenance of rental bikes. This can help with the main [...]

Traffic law and bicycles: A European comparison

A comprehensive international best practice study about traffic and infrastructure related laws and regulations promoting cycling and walking was was drawn up by komobile on behalf of the Ministry of Transport in Luxembourg. The countries analysed were Austria, Denmark and Spain. A cooperation was established with the offices MOE/Tetraplan (Denmark) and Citec Ingénieurs Conseils SA (Switzerland) and lead by komobile. [...]

Youth Mobility: New Facts and Handbooks

Children need a lot of exercise. At least 60 minutes of exercise per day is the recommendation for children and young people by the Word Health Organisation (WHO). Overall, only 17.4% of Austrian pupils between the age of 11 and 17 get this much exercise. This was shown by the largest European health study among children and young people, the [...]

Prototype “flexiTrike” presented

The research project “flexiTrike” can present is innovative final result: an e-tricycle with tilt mechanism to promote active mobility of people with an increased safety demand when cycling. This e-tricycle is designed for people who have not cycled for some time or for those who cannot use a conventional bicycle because of their physical constitution, age, special needs or other [...]

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Project GISMO: Active commutes as health provision

Currently everybody is talking about exercise as good health provision. “Sitting is the new smoking” is a slogan frequently repeated. The GISMO project subsidised by the FFG and headed by Cycle Competence member Z_GIS (Department of Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg) has picked up these topics of active mobility and health provision: It is positioning the daily commute to work as [...]

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Study on the risks of dooring alongside parking vehicles

Cycle Competence member Rosinak & Partner has just finished a comprehensive study on cycling alongside parking vehicles and the risks associated with it. The study was commissioned by the Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV). All over Austria ten locations were researched via video analysis. Further, cyclists and car drivers were interviewed. The results show the risk potential for cyclists: [...]

Co-designing the city at the push of a button

Cycle Competence members Bike Citizens and komobile support citizen participation in Brussels and in Vienna’s eighths district Josefstadt – in quite different ways: Bike Citizens has co-developed the campaign “PING if you care!”. It allows cyclists in Brussels to report problem sites digitally. In Vienna’s Josefstadt komobile heads the participation process Lokale Agenda 21. Its cycling group has developed a [...]

In Bicycle Heaven: Velo-city Conference Review

At the world’s biggest cycling summit „Velo-city 2017“which took place mid-June in Arnhem-Nijmegen in the Dutch province of Gelderland, Cycle Competence Austria had the great opportunity to present cycling knowledge “Made in Austria” to a broad audience. The conference itself and the cycling nation number one  convinced the attending 1.500 experts. […]

Fresh Facts: Cars as safety hazard, bicycles as casualties

Traffic accidents involving cyclists analysed following Radlobby-inquiry to BMVIT and KfV. In April 2017, a list of questions compiled by Cycle Competence member Radlobby Austria sent to the Austrian traffic ministry BMVIT revealed new facts on cycle traffic and hazardous situations: The safety hazard for cyclists definitely is the car, as shown by the statistics supplied by Statistics Austria and [...]

The transport revolution: Cargo bikes on the advance

The use of bicycles for goods transport has made it onto the traffic agenda in many European cities. This also showed at the CycleLogistics conference in Vienna in March and the cargo bike subsidy introduced by the city. Projects like CycleLogistics and EMILIA demonstrate the scope of the potential for transport by bicycle. They also point out how transport processes [...]

Cycle Competence trip: German Cycling Academy visits Vienna

Training, networking and exchange of experience take a central role in promoting cycling. The Cycling Academy (“Fahrradakademie”) of the German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu) has been pursuing these strategies since 2007 and once a year it is visiting a region that plays a leading role in promoting cycling traffic. In 2016 it was Copenhagen – now it is Vienna’s [...]

Partnership on Cycling: Transnational cycling traffic strategy in Belgrade

Based on a joint initiative from France, Austria and the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) “THE PEP Partnership on Cycling” was set up in 2014 within the framework of the Transport, Health, Environment Pan-European Programme by UNECE/WHO. Cycle Competence members BMLFUW and Verracon are actively contributing to the transnational process as representatives for Austria and as partnership managers respectively. [...]

City of Salzburg: Assessment of potential for bike-sharing system

Bicycle rental systems as city transport are currently experiencing tailwind. The advantages of these systems are versatile: bicycle mobility as healthy, sustainable mode of transport is particularly promoted in traffic-afflicted cities. Catchment areas of public transport stops can be significantly widened. Further, the trend from ownership to “sharing economy” has long since reached the mobility sector. […]

Research project “GISMO”: Gaining health effects through active commuting

The positive health effects of physical activity are commonly well known. However, the potential of active commuting for health prevention is rarely used.  A recently launched research project, “GISMO – Geographical Information Support for Healthy Mobility”, seeks to provide evidence for a comprehensive corporate mobility management, which promotes the daily commute as an opportunity for increasing the amount of physical [...]

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