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Cyclists to join car traffic on the Vienna Ringstrasse? (Austria)

By Raf Canters / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
The official cycling representative of Vienna is currently initiating investigations into whether car lanes on one of Vienna’s busiest roads can also be opened to and used by cyclists (instead of the current mandatory use of the bicycle path).
Furthermore, the first “Bicyclestreets”and “Bicyclecorridors” will be implemented in the city this year. These projects have all become legally possible following the new cycling amendment which will come into force on 31st March 2013.

The Ringstraße in Vienna is a circular road surrounding the inner city district, similar to those in many major European cities / capitals, which often follow the former position of middle-age city walls. Today it is one of the busiest roads in Vienna, guiding traffic around the inner city on four car lanes.

The official cycling representative in Vienna, Mr. Martin Blum, is currently investigating if it would be possible to also open up specific car lanes and stretches to cycling traffic, so cyclists and motorists would travel along together. Furthermore, Vienna wants to take up a pioneer position and leading role in establishing the new “Bicyclestreets” and “Bicyclecorridors” in 2013.

The most important fact, though, is that with the realisation and legalisation of the new bicycle amendment, which will apply from the 31.03.12, the legal obstacles and framework conditions have been removed and Road Traffic Regulations relaxed for projects and initiatives like these.

For those unfamiliar with this topic, Bicycle Streets are roads or sections of roads where cyclists and pedestrians have priority and right-of-way. Only driving to and from destinations is allowed by car, but no passing through.

Also, the concept of “Bicycle corridors” will be finished this year and the main focus is on establishing high-quality “long-distance connections” between peripherally lying districts and the inner city for cyclists. They will be equipped with their own signage system and markings, i.e. with numbers and colours, comparable to a subway plan. Such corridors already exist in Copenhagen and cities in the Netherlands.

The implementation in Vienna will begin as soon as all legal papers have been signed and work will begin with integrating new routes into existing cycle routes.

Source: Austrian Press Agency APA and diepresse.com
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