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The Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt appointed a broad range of experts from organisations, universities, institutions and the public administration to the advisory board: 18 persons from the fields of health, sports, tourism, economy, environment and transportation planning. Likewise, delegates from the federal states and from the municipalities are part of the board.
The experts dealt with crossings, parallel routing, and linkages. They declared that the planned "Cycle Highway Ruhr (RS1)" is generally realisable. Furthermore, the group discussed about extended possibilities for funding cycling highways by federal programs, drawing comparisons to channels, railway lines and motorways.
250 experts from all over Germany came to Düsseldorf's congress center and debated on urban bicycle traffic.
Since 2013, experiments focus on two solutions for cycling friendly traffic lights facilities: permitting cyclists to turn right during the red phase and street crossing together with the pedestrians during their green period. The results are generally positive. Hence the Department for Building and Transport will request a change in traffic law from the Federal Roads Office. Thereby, the pilot test solutions can be implemented permanently.
In many European urban centres, the full potential for cycling has not yet been realized. The simple reason is that towns and cities still primarily accommodate car users and neglect cyclists. "Re-allocating road space" is therefore a demand often heard from cycling advocacy groups, including ECF, without specifying to what extent this should be done. A study from Berlin took a closer look at this issue and came to some interesting conclusions.
Besides many cycling promotion measures, the bicycle's 200th birthday gives the city of Mannheim an opportunity, to discuss and further develop the future role of cycling.
The parliamentary commission for transport and digital infrastructure debated on Mai 7th 2014 on the correspondent federal budget plan.
The Altona borough administration presents first steps towards a new cycling concept, by starting an online participation platform. Until June 30th 2014, users can send their hints, concerning local cycling problems in Altona via the webpage www.fahrrad-altona.de
In Germany, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) supports innovative projects in the field of cycling, which serve the implementation of the National Cycling Strategy 2020 (NRVP) and support its aims also with regard to the linkage between cycling and other means of transport.
On April 12th 2014, more than 200 delegates from 25 nations met for the 2nd European Cycle Logistics Conference in the Dutch City of Nijmegen. They discussed the large potential of different cargo bike related business models, which can contribute to inner city traffic reduction.
A special finance scheme helps to realize cycle paths
The online platform bremen-bewegen.de ("Moving Bremen”) has been awarded within the national competition "Distinguished Places in the Country of Ideas" 2013/14.
The broad social dialog about new ways and implementation strategies of cycling promotion shall be intensified.
150 kilometres of cycle highways in NRW are in the planning process. The winners of the regional competition are Aachen, Bad Oeynhausen, Düsseldorf, Köln und Rhede. The five best drafts, selected by a jury, were presented in November 2013.
The translation aims to disseminate successful practices and experiences in planning and designing safe and comfortable solutions for cyclists.
In the web based participation process cyclists are called to notify junctions with frequent conflicts between cars and cyclists or where cyclists feel insecure by turning vehicles.
A well investigated documentary made by the "Medienwerkstatt Franken" (Media Factory Franconia), focusses the challenges for successful municipal cycling policies. Furthermore, it describes the potential community benefits, which can be achieved by investing as much in cycling measures, as the city of Copenhagen does.
During a tour of the Exhibition Centre, the Chancellor reflected the latest trends in the bicycle market. Merkel said she is convinced that in the future the number of German cyclists will increase.
Dr. Peter Ramsauer announced that Mrs. Brigitta Worringen has been appointed as Germany's first National Cycling Officer. Mrs. Brigitta Worringen is Sub-Department Head for transport, research at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS). With the nomination of Ms. Worringen, the Ministry intends to underline the importance of cycling.
Cycling and EuroVelo has been included in a crucial EU infrastructure vote on funding rules, opening the door to billions of euros of investment
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