A mobility contract was signed in Graz to ensure access to the hospital area in the future. As the number of people visiting the area increases in upcoming years, decision makers are trying to prevent traffic chaos by focusing on promoting active mobility.
Background & Objectives
Some 12 000 employees, patients and visitors travel daily to the hospital in Graz. As the University’s Medical School will in future also be part of the hospital area, the number of people travelling there will further increase; an additional 4 000 people are expected to enter the area each day by 2020. This will inevitably lead to an increase in traffic levels around the hospital complex. Therefore the City of Graz, the province of Styria, KAGes (the Styrian Hospital Association) and the MUG (the University Medical School) have negotiated a mobility contract. The purpose of this is to ensure that, by implementing measures to combat the constant increase in car traffic, access to health care will be guaranteed for every citizen in future years. Without any countermeasures, car traffic generated by the hospital is expected to increase significantly. This is why the new mobility concept mainly focuses on supporting sustainable transport (cycling, walking and public transport).
The mobility contract itself is divided into 4 main parts and includes over 40 actions.
The first part concerns mobility management and organisation. Amongst others, the following measures will be implemented:
• A parking guidance system
• Detailed information on mobility for patients, visitors and employees
• A car pooling community
• A special ticket for public transport for employees
• A reduced number of parking spaces
• Construction of kindergarten and day nursery in hospital area
• Introduction of mobility management for employees
• Traffic calming through shared space
The second area of activity is intended to support cyclists and pedestrians. In order for them to obtain barrier-free access to and parking at all the major buildings in the hospital area, four new bicycle lanes and several bicycle racks are being planned.
By enlarging the busiest junctions around the hospital, the contract partners want to prevent major traffic jams. The contract will also ensure that emergency vehicles will have the opportunity to drop off patients in front of each significant hospital building.
New bus lanes, higher capacities for urban and rural buses and P&R facilities are also considered in the mobility contract, supporting public transport. As part of reconstruction, tram line 7 will be lengthened and its capacity enhanced.
After intensive negotiations between the contracting partners, the mobility contract was finally signed in 2011. Two new bicycle lanes are already in operation, the extension of tram line 7 will soon be started and bus lanes are currently being planned.
The total costs are anticipated to amount to around 20-25 million Euros and be paid by the different contracting parties. The majority of the measures will be implemented in the next two years.