North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany: $73 million for cycling

Plaza before the Cologne Dom, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

A northern German state government has committed to a 25% cycling goal and $73 million for infrastructure.

In the announcement “New law to make North Rhine-Westphalia first for cycling in the country”, the Transport Minister Hendrik Wüst promised changes to increase cycling in Germany. This follows recent moves from the German Government to support cycling across Germany.

“In a video conference with stakeholders today, Transport Minister Hendrik Wüst presented the cornerstones of a law to promote cycling and local mobility (FaNaG).

“We make the bicycle an independent means of transport for everyday life!” says Hendrik Wüst. “To this end, we are creating a nationwide network of high-quality cycle paths and better networking them with other means of transport. This is how we strengthen North Rhine-Westphalia as first for cycling in the country!”

In future, the bicycle will account for 25 percent of the traffic volume (modal split) in North Rhine-Westphalia. Wüst: “We are committed to the goals of the popular initiative ‘Awakening Bicycle’.”

Cycle expressways and cycle routes become the main arteries of a high-quality network of paths that connects entire regions. “E-bikes and pedelecs increase the ranges that can be reached by bike and make the bike attractive even for longer commute distances,” says Transport Minister Wüst.

The cornerstones foresee that the bicycle will play a central role in the digital networking of transport services. Path chains with a mix of cycle and public transport routes can thus be reliably calculated. This includes the planning and construction of mobile stations and bicycle garages at transport hubs.

Attractive, barrier-free sidewalks – as far as possible separated from cycle paths – ensure a reasonable coexistence between pedestrians and cyclists. “This is an ideologically free, pragmatic transport policy in the 21st century,” says Hendrik Wüst.

For the second year in a row, North Rhine-Westphalia is providing EUR 47 million for cycling – more than ever before. In addition, the subsidy rates for so-called cycling priority routes have been increased by ten percentage points to up to 85 percent – a noticeable relief for the municipalities. In addition, the Cycling and Road Safety Unit was set up in the Ministry and ten new planning posts were created at the State Road Construction NRW.”

Eckpunkte für Fahrradgesetz vorgestellt – Wüst: Wir stärken Nordrhein-Westfalen als das Fahrradland Nummer 1! North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. 15 June 2020.
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