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New website for digital knowledge campaign on cycle traffic

Since 2015, the platform Cycle Competence Austria aims to improve cycle traffic, to offer the best possible cycle traffic solutions made in Austria, to launch international networking activities and to transfer knowledge. From this year, we will focus even more on knowledge transfer. Our website was updated and a comprehensive online-database was included containing the most important publications on cycle [...]

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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 [...]

From Dunav to Salzach: Cycle tourism, signposting, research results

The valleys and planes along the Danube offer outstanding potential for cycle tourism and climate-friendly local traffic on bicycles. Austria is leading a project consortium trying to realize this potential. Also along the Salzach Cycle Competence is active on multiple levels: con.sens mobilitätsdesign is testing new cycling signposting and the Bicycle Observatory is providing new insights. Further, Cycle Competence member [...]

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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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 [...]

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. […]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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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 [...]

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 [...]

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. […]

Four new members with cycle competence: Province of Vorarlberg, RADland Niederösterreich, Verracon and MCS Maderna

Four new members are strengthening the platform “Cycle Competence Austria” since the start of 2017: The Energy and Environment Agency of Lower Austria (eNu), the province of Vorarlberg, the traffic planning company Verracon GmbH and the bicycle developer and cargo bike specialist MCS Maderna. This means the platform has grown to 24 members in its third year. […]

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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Cycling saves time: Study on speeding up cycle traffic

Speed and flexibility are among the greatest strengths of a bicycle. Especially over short distances within a city a bicycle is the fastest mode of transportation. The time benefit is mainly derived from brief access and exit times and a direct routing. For example, allowing cyclists to use one-way streets in both directions  or providing cycle parking directly at an [...]

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Trailblazing cycling map and quality criteria in Vorarlberg and Salzburg

Current developments in the two Austrian model cycling states Vorarlberg and Salzburg prove impressively what it takes to improve the framework conditions for cycling traffic: Modern information systems and high-quality infrastructure. CycleCompetence member Z_GIS, the Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics (University of Salzburg), has developed a comprehensive information portal wit the so-called “Radlkarte”. Vorarlberg has compiled an exemplary accessibility model for every-day [...]

New members: KTM, katapult, RAINCOMBI & Z_GIS join “Cycle Competence Austria”

Four new members are reinforcing the platform “Cycle Competence Austria” in its second year. So we currently have 20 members! First we welcome KTM a large European player in the cycle industry: For decades KTM has proven the bicycle manufacturing competence contained within its brand. […]

Bike Citizens app wins Eurobike Award and ODINE subsidy

Cycling through a city the smart way with a telephone: The app “Bikecitizens” – known as “Bike City Guide” until 2014 – is meanwhile providing cyclists navigation aids for 200 cities, simple route planning and the possibility to record covered routes. For this the young Graz-based company now won the Eurobike Award 2015 in the category Concepts & Services, the [...]

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