During the Bicycle Focal Point 2007/2008 13 main bicycle routes were defined in Graz, connecting the regional capital directly and efficiently with the surrounding municipalities. This enabled the definition of a greater bike path network that is comparable to highways for cyclists.
Background & ObjectivesDue to mounting problems caused by individual motorized traffic the province of Styria consciously decided in 2007/2008 to focus on bike traffic. Apart from image raising and marketing also cycling training for children and a survey to determine the satisfaction of cyclists are further aims to improve the bicycle infrastructure step by step.For that reason, 13 main bike routes were defined. A new and innovative signposting of these routes is supposed to enable bicycle traffic without a city map and to design it in a fluid manner for work, leisure and shopping traffic alike, as well as to achieve an optimal connection between city centre and suburbs and the surrounding
ImplementationIn 2003 the planning of 13 new main bicycle routes was carried out by a group consisting of the State of Styria, the City of Graz, the working group for environmentally friendly urban traffic (ARGUS), surrounding municipalities of Graz and Austrian Mobility Research. Criteria for a later selection of the main routes were defined in a workshop. These are:
- Freedom at intersections
- Avoidance of mixed traffic
- Lack of conflict points
- High demand potential and utilization frequency
- Quickest connection between two points.
- Serve both, everyday bicycle traffic, like work, school, leisure and shopping traffic as well as touristic bicycle traffic
- Fulfil the function of being a connection between city centre, suburbs and surrounding municipalities
- Be recognizable throughout, without a city map (guidance system)
- Be accessible easily, which requires good condition of the road, prevention of detours and compliance with a series of technical criteria
- If at all possible, to have the same course in both directions