Austria Switches to Bikes
VIENNA, Austria – “Cycling is a booming sector – and that’s a good thing!” That was said by Doris Bures, Austria’s Federal Minister for Transport at the opening of the Velo-city conference taking place in the Austrian Capital this week.
Doris Bures furthered with: “I believe it is high time to abandon entrenched conflicts. Rather, I place my hopes in the peaceful, equitable and respectful coexistence, as well as the maximum safety and security, of all road users. The new set of legal provisions for cycling traffic provides for more space, greater safety and clearcut rules.”
High time to switch to the bike
The Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology also said: “It is high time to switch to the bike to make sure that we will be able to change over to sustainable energy use in traffic as well. The implementation of the Austrian Cycling Master Plan has already entailed the increase of the modal split share of cycling from five to seven percent on a national scale.
Ten-percent modal split share for cycling by 2015
Nikolaus Berlakovich, Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, stated during the Velo-city inauguration ceremony: “Courtesy of measures such as the klima:aktiv mobil counselling and subsidy programs, we are very confident about attaining our goal of a ten-percent modal split share for cycling by 2015. This makes Austria one of the fastest-growing cycling countries in Europe.”