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Cycling and public transport use on the rise in Vienna (Austria)

By News Editor / Updated: 19 Jul 2017

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

After an increase of only 1.1. per cent in 2015, the amount of cyclists in the city rose by 6.4 per cent in 2016.

This upward trend was part could be seen clearly on some of the city's main thoroughfares. For instance, the Argentinierstraße, which connects the main train station with the city centre, saw 12.8% per cent more cyclists using it, whilst the Linke Wienzeile had an increase of  17.9%.

"The people of Vienna are increasingly using their bikes for everyday journeys. The rise is also important for keeping pace with climate change goals" Vienna's Vice-Mayor and Executive City Councillor for Urban Planning, Traffic & Transport, Climate Protection, Energy and Public Participation, Maria Vassilakou.

Martin Blum, the Vienna Cycling Commissioner, put this increase down to "clear advances in the cycle network".

Figures from Wiener Linien 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. Furthermore, the amount of people buying yearly public transport tickets increased to 733,000, whilst in 2015 699,000 people bought tickets.

For more information, visit kurier.at and wienerlinien.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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