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More cycling, less car traffic in Vienna (Austria)

By News Editor / Updated: 03 Feb 2017

The number of cars on Vienna's roads has fallen, while cycling has risen – that's according to new figures from the Austrian capital's transport operator, Wiener Linien.

An analysis of traffic counts for motor vehicles in the period from 2010 to 2015 shows a drop in car traffic by 6.3 per cent across the city.

In urban areas the decline was particularly high with 11.2 per cent.

In the same period, there was a rise in cycling: on the Neubaugürtel, cycling increased by 26 per cent on working days, by 42 per cent on Lassallestrasse and by 68 percent on the Opernring.

'The Viennese are always more environmentally friendly even though traffic in Austria is increasing. In Vienna, it is always easier to cover the daily routes with the public, on foot or by bicycle,' said Vienna's mayor, Maria Vassilakou.

The figures also show that Vienna set a record for the amount of passengers on its public transport for a third year in a row, rising to 954.2 million passengers – up from 939.1 million people in 2015.

'The continuous expansion of public transport is paying off,' declared Uli Simi, president of the city council.

For more information, visit vienna.at (in German).

Image copyright: Bicycle Sharing Vienna (image on Flickr) by Federation European Cyclists', licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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