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Federal subsidy campaign brings cycle lane expansion

The successful promotion of the ministry for climate protection’s (BMK) cycling campaign will be continued this year. It means more possibilities for subsidies for municipalities, businesses and associations for measures supporting active mobility. The regional government in Vorarlberg actively took up this offer and created a subsidy package worth 62 million euros. One of its implementations is prepared by the [...]

Lower Austria invests in active mobility

The provincial government of lower Austria wants to double the share of cycling and pedestrian traffic from 22% to 44%. For this, the necessary framework has to be created. In mid-March mobility provincial councillor Ludwig Schleritzko presented the “Strategy Active Mobility” as a basis. Cycle Competence member Verracom was part of the team filling this strategy with content. It comprises [...]

KlimaKonkret renders municipalities and cities climate-fit!

A new initiative was launched to support Austrian municipalities and cities in adjusting to climate change: KlimaKonkret wants to show – based on the example of a prototypal Austrian municipality – which actual possibilities are available for adapting to climate change. It offers a central service point for interested municipalities. Cycle Competence member con.sens mobilitätsdesign has worked on the mobility sector [...]

Subsidy campaign cycling traffic: Up to 100% funding!

For the first time this year, three major subsidy tracks by the Austrian federal government have been made available to municipalities for cycling traffic projects making it possible to combine them to achieve up to 100% funding level for cycling highways! We are providing a transparent overview of the subsidy tools. Investments in a change in mobility are paying off! [...]

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 [...]

Guideline for Austrian Bicycle Funding: €40m investments

On World Bicycle Day on 3 June, federal minister Leonore Gewessler (Green Party) got a lot of attention for her announcement of a bicycle campaign promising up to €40m in federal subsidies for investments in bike infrastructure. We are taking a closer look at what is included in these investments as well as at the additional subsidies for cycle highways. [...]

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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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News from Lower Austria: Cycle highway and regional approach

With the slogan “Fit for future – fit into the future” (brochure in German) the province of Lower Austria is implementing extensive measures for active mobility. One key project in cycle traffic will be high-quality cycle highways. Cycle Competence member Verracon GmbH is an expert adviser to the project. And our member con.sens mobilitätsdesign has developed a regional concept for every-day cycling. [...]

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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Ambitious German reform of the road code for cycling

With the up-to-date review of the road code the German federal traffic minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) wants to strengthen cycling traffic to make cycling more attractive and safer. The self-proclaimed “cycling minister” surprises with ambitious measures in his proposal: Among those are a minimum distance for overtaking cyclists, creating cycling zones and rules on when not to overtake cyclists. […]

Styria’s GO! Radmobil initiative

The GO RADMOBIL initiative is part of the cycle strategy of the Austrian province of Styria. With it the regional government wants to get people to rethink mobility. A lot of areas in the province are more suitable for cars than for people. With more sustainable mobility the living quality is to be improved. Trofaiach leads by example [...]

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Trendsetting: Denmark and the Netherlands are showing the way

Changing people’s mobility patters is fuelled by new offerings for cyclists and by future-proof examples allowing global imitation. This is why a glance to the North is always worthwhile. The web-platform “Cycling Solutions” compiles exemplary Danish infrastructure examples. Meanwhile, Utrecht has constructed an impressive example: The largest cycling garage in the world. All the way around the globe in the [...]

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 [...]

Where does the tax reform for company bicycles stand?

The long-demanded legal equalization of e-bikes and electronic cars as company vehicles had been hinted at in spring. Now that there has been a government re-shuffle the tax reform seems to have been pushed way back again. The timing is quite unfortunate as the sale of e-bikes has reached a record high in Austria. The cycling coordinator for the city [...]

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 [...]

CycleCompetence in Berlin at the Parliamentary Evening

At the Parliamentary Evening of the German “Fahrradakademie” Austria’s CycleCompetence was the protagonist on the topic “cycling in rural areas”. At the Austrian Embassy in Berlin experts and MPs from the German Bundestag gathered to hear presentations and panel discussions. Delegates of CycleCompetence members included Johannes Rauch, councillor in the province of Vorarlberg,  Andrea Weninger, managing director at Rosinak & Partner, as well [...]

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Berlin: Portrait of the future cycling city with CycleCompetence interview

After the high-profile „Volksentscheid Fahrrad” and the resulting law on mobility passed in Berlin a year ago, it is now time for implementation. In our exclusive interview with Wigand von Sassen, group leader cycle traffic at the Berliner Senatsverwaltung (the local government) and with other updates we are showing how far Berlin has gotten in realising the plans and which steps [...]

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Fireside chat: cycle tourism in Austria – quo vadis?

The role of tourism as an economic factor is to be strengthened further in Austria. Of course the bicycle is part of this strategy as it is one of the most important leisure sports devices. This has now been noted by the federal ministry for sustainability and tourism (BMNT) in its so-called “Plan T – Masterplan for Tourism”. In it, [...]

Why a three billion cycling budget in Austria?

The Austrian climate strategy includes a doubling of cycle traffic share. For environmental minister Köstinger (BMNT) mobility is one of the priorities in aiming to cut seven million tons of CO2 by 2030. A recommended 30-euro per capita cycling budget would mean in the decade between 2020 and 2030 a total of €3bn is available for necessary improvements. Cycle Competence [...]

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How cycle-friendly are the proposed amendments to the Austrian road code StVO?

At the beginning of September, the Austrian parliament was presented with a long-awaited draft of the 30th amendment to the domestic road code, the “Straßenverkehrsordnung” (StVO). In it, the Ministry for Transport has both embedded improvements for cycle traffic, which have been negotiated for years now, as well as the pilot scheme “Turning right on red”. One of the highlights [...]

Multimodal mobility week with folding bike promotion

Already for the 19th time this year, Europe’s largest campaign for soft mobility, the European Mobility Week, is taking place. From 16 to 22 September the multi-modal advantages of cycling, the use of public transport and walking are to be emphasised under the heading “Mix and Move”. One of the highlights: The special folding bike promotion in the province of Vorarlberg. [...]

Parking initiative and mobility point

Growing efforts to promote climate-friendly mobility chains also increase the importance of parking facilities at hubs and railway stations. To help achieve this, Cycle Competence member RADLand Niederösterreich (province of Lower Austria) has announced a million euro investment programme. At the same time, a pilot project is implemented in cooperation with Cycle Competence member Innovametall. […]

City of Salzburg develops new main cycle network

With the cycling strategy decided on in 2017, the city of Salzburg has set ambitious targets. By 2025 the share of cycling traffic is to increase from currently 20% to at least 24%. With parallel measures in car traffic the cycling share could get up to as high as 28%. A central area for the measures set down in the [...]

Will EU make e-bike insurance mandatory?

On 24 May the European Commission published its proposal for stricter EU regulations regarding motor vehicles (Motor Insurance Directive – MID). The aims are to “to better protect victims of motor vehicle accidents and improve the rights of insurance policyholders”. There is, however, one point that snuck itself into this proposal: A liability insurance for pedelec users. […]

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Video: Vienna as model city for cycle traffic

For many countries neighbouring Austria, Vienna has a model character for the step-by-step improvement of cycle traffic. A Serbian film team has therefore come to Vienna: The every-day routes in Belgrade are getting longer, every year there is 3% more motorized traffic in the streets compared to the previous year. Every new parking space that is built brings more cars, [...]

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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 [...]

Coexistence in pedestrian zones

Bicycle and pedestrian traffic as the two pillars of active mobility need sufficient space. Pedestrian zones are often rendered as crucial bottlenecks leading either to a friendly coexistence or conflicts. The fact that opening pedestrian zones for cycle traffic can work was demonstrated by the German research project “Taking the bicycle to go shopping downtown – conflicts and potentials of [...]

Cycle route through the nature reserve

Those who know the Lauteracher Ried are aware of its singularities: It is one of the last habitats in Vorarlberg to house characteristic ground-nesting bird species like the Western Curlew, the Corn Crake or the Plover. At the same time the Lauteracher Ried is an important recreation area as well as a production area for agriculture operating under strict nature [...]

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 [...]

New record at the “Austria cycles to work” campaign

The “Austria cycles to work” motivation campaign will set a new record in avoiding CO2 in 2017. More than four million kilometres already saved 700 tons in CO2 emissions compared to car journeys. This proves the success of the campaign and high motivation among the participants. The event is organised by the Radlobby, supported by the initiative klimaaktiv mobil of [...]

Cycling strategy city of Salzburg 2025+

The city of Salzburg already is one of the leading cycling cities of Austria with a 20% share of cycle traffic. Now it has presented its new cycling traffic strategy “Radstrategie Salzburg 2025+”.  Cycling traffic in Salzburg is to be given a strong impulse and is set to be increased to at least 24% by 2025. With additional reducing measures [...]

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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 [...]

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