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Forschung Radverkehr

Deutsches Expertenwissen zum Radverkehr ist international stark gefragt. Das Fahrradportal zum Nationalen Radverkehrsplan enthält einen Fundus langjähriger Mobilitäts- und Verkehrssicherheitsforschung mit rund 8000 Inhalten in Neuigkeiten, Veröffentlichungen, Forschungsergebnissen und Praxisbeispielen. Im internationalen Kontext ist jedoch die deutsche Sprache der Veröffentlichungen eine Zugangshürde. Auch für deutsche Kommunen ist die Sprachbarriere hinderlich, wenn sie in (englischsprachigen) Kooperationsprojekten mit EU-Förderung voneinander lernen und lokale Radverkehrsprojekte umsetzen wollen.

Gefördert vom Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur, wird seit 2010 die Reihe der "Cycling Expertise Files" in englischer Sprache aufbereitet. Sie soll zum deutschen Erfahrungs- und Wissenstransfer ins Ausland beitragen. Die Reihe "Forschung Radverkehr" vermittelt internationale Erfahrungen und Beispiele aus dem Ausland in deutscher Sprache.


Entwicklung der Verkehrsmittelnutzung von 2002 bis 2008 in Deutschland

Bicycle Use Trends in Germany

Studies verify that the significance of bikes as a mean of transport has grown significantly over an extended period of time, and most particularly in recent years. They demonstrate that the intensity of bike use in a city or community depends on...

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Small-sized, electrically assisted vehicles have originally held the image of serving the elderly and physically feeble. However, Pedelecs render steep slopes, head winds, long-distance commutes, and achieve higher speeds more easily for everyone...

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Ökonomische Effekte des Radverkehrs

Moving the Economy by Cycling

As cycling is on the rise, bike-related sectors are increasingly seen as lucrative industries. Cycling has become an important component of tourism in Germany. The most important economic factor regarding the rise in bicycle use, however, is the...

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Klimaschutz durch stärkere Fahrradnutzung

Climate Protection through Cycling

In recent years the problem of worsening climate change has become indelibly embedded in the public consciousness. Successful promotion of cycling when travelling distances of five kilometres or less can make a large contribution to climate...

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Zwei Männer mit Fahrrädern unterhalten sich

Lifestyles and Cycling

Bicycle use partly differs greatly for each region, borough, and social group. A more detailed analysis of the bicycle use reveals differences according to age, gender, income, residential environment, ethnic background, values and attitudes, as...

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Mit dem Fahrrad zum Einkaufen

Cycling to Shopping - Evidence from Research

Against the backdrop of rising energy prices and changing lifestyles, more and more people are using the bicycle for their day-to-day trips. Emission-free mobility on two wheels is becoming increasingly important for shopping as well.

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Markierung einer Fahrradspur

Benefits and Costs of Cycling Infrastructure Investment

Positive development of cycling is also due to the expansion of the cycle route networks. It is absolutely necessary to modify infrastructure for safety and partly also for capacity reasons. There is a variety of different solutions available...

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Unfallrisiken beim Rad fahren

Cycling Accident Risks

The increase in road safety was not matched by similar cycling safety gains in Germany in recent years. Accidents involving cyclists are still part and parcel of the transport system. In general, key factors are the behaviour of road users, the...

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Radverkehr in Berlin

The Cycling Mode Share in Cities

The cycle mode share is an important indicator for the relevance of cycling in a city/town or municipality. It is influenced by a variety of factors. In order to underpin and evaluate political measures, sound methods are needed to assess and...

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Gesundheitsförderung und Rad fahren

Public Health

Cycling offers positive health benefits to almost everybody. However, the type of cycling and level of intensity people engage in varies from person to person. Especially for people with little time for exercise, cycling to work is a good...

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Die Alterung der Gesellschaft und das Fahrrad

Ageing Society on Bicycles

Independent mobility in old age has a high value in terms of maintaining private contacts and networks, maintaining physical fitness and running day-to-day errands. Traffic planning must respond to the specific safety requirements of older people...

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Schutzstreifen, Darstellung aus der ERA 2010

State of the Art Design for Cycling Facilities

The new state of the art for cycling facilities offers a wide range of facility types. The ERA guidelines recommend to implementing the separation or integration approach, depending from specific conditions in the concrete urban space. In doubt,...

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Fahrstreifen für Radfahrer

Cycling in Urban Main Streets

Main inner-city streets must meet the demands of bicycle and pedestrian traffic as well as cars and provide for loading areas, parking and bus traffic. The new state of the art for cycling facilities offers more options – most of which have...

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Fahrradparken im Wohngebiet

Bicycle Parking in Dense Housing Areas

The provision of secure, well located bicycle parking at the place of residence is essential if people are to be encouraged to use a bicycle as a means of transport. The inconvenience of carrying the bicycle from the basement or the flat onto the...

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Begegnungszonenbeschilderung in Metz, Frankreich

Shared Space

The numerous innovative street designs that follow the shared-space approach, which is even anchored in the road traffic laws of some countries, are based on mutual respect between the road-users who share the street environment. Sophisticated...

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Bewachtes Parken im neuen Rathaus von Den Haag

Bicycle Parking in the City Centre

Bicycles become increasingly popular, and the demand for bicycle parking spaces is also on the rise. As parking spaces specially aimed at bicycles have often not been considered in street design, cyclists resort to fastening their bikes to walls...

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Die Radstation in Münster

Bicycle Parking at Train Stations

A train station is the ultimate multimodal node, where trains, buses, streetcars, bicycles, cars, and taxis all meet. Insufficient bicycle parking capacity often leads to obstructions for other train users, such as when bicycles tied to traffic...

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Fahrbahnmarkierung für direktes Linksabbiegen von Fahrradfahrern

Cycling Facilities: Designing for Safety

The German cycling design standards, which have been developed on the basis of accident research, offer a wide spectrum of design concepts to provide safe cycle facilities for a variety of different situations.

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Neubaugebiet in Berlin

Active Mobility in Residential Areas

High cycling and walking levels already make for an attractive and vivid urban character of the street environment and thus the residential neighbourhood. Active travel such as cycling is very much a part of residents’ experience and their...

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Kreisverkehr an der Einfahrt zur Ortsdurchfahrt Wabern bei Bern

Roundabouts with Cycling Traffic

The interaction between road users entering the roundabout and those who are on the circulatory carriageway is negotiated in flexible processes. The interaction of road users is not controlled by a central system such as traffic lights at each...

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Wegweiser in Nordrhein-Westfalen mit Hinweischildern für die Route der Industriekultur


Cycle routes require a separate system of signing that is clear, recognisable and gapless. The standard that has been developed includes principles of network planning, a hierarchical system of destinations and specifications for sign design.

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Fahrradstraße in Houten

Cycle Highways

The term 'cycle highways' denotes high-quality cycle paths that offer a direct connection between home and work. They allow users to cycle at a constant speed with relatively low energy expenditure because the routes are free of intersections (...

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Die beste Lösung bei hohen Dichten: ausreichend Platz,
angedeutete separate Wege auf der Ostseeinsel Usedom

Cyclists and Pedestrians on Promenades and Pedestrian Zones

High proportions of pedestrian and cycling traffic are beneficial to cities. Regardless of the existing differences, it is important to focus on the commonalities between walking and cycling. Shared use is likely to be successful provided that...

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Brücke der Erzbahntrasse im Ruhrgebiet

Greenway Cycle Routes on Disused Railway Lines

Over the past years and decades, the German railway Deutsche Bahn has closed numerous rail lines, mainly in rural areas with decreased demand for passenger services. The conversion of disused railway lines makes it possible to develop safe and...

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Radverkehr als System

Germany's National Cycling Plan

In 2002 the German Parliament passed a resolution to institute a National Cycling Plan.Within the period 2002–2012, the German federal government is supporting municipalities through projects and information and public relations initiatives in an...

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Kooperation und Vernetzung in der Radverkehrsförderung

Municipal Cooperation to Promote Cycling

Horizontal municipal networks aimed at promoting cycling have been regionally established to help implement projects such as cycling routes. They pool municipal resources for cycling promotion at Land level and facilitate access to state funding...

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Radverkehrskampagne im Straßenraum: "Radlhauptstadt München"

Campaigning for Public Awareness on Cycling

Experience shows that cycling campaigns have become vital and cost-effective instruments to promote cycling. Especially when they enjoy political backing, communication activities can be conducive to higher cycling levels and better valorise...

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Ein Seminar zum Radverkehr

Disseminating Cycling Knowledge

Broad-based knowledge transfer is one of the central success factors of cycling promotion in Germany. The established and offered formats make information about best practices accessible locally in a decentralised fashion. They also help...

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Fahrradzähler in Kopenhagen

Cycling Capitals

The international cycling capitals use a wide range of political strategies and planning approaches. Nevertheless, there are some central characteristics that have generated positive results in many of the cities.

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Außerortsradweg bei Arnheim, Niederlande

Encouraging Cycling in Rural Municipalities

Providing safe cycle facilities in rural areas dependson the planning of cycle paths along the main roads – even if links already exist that are for recreational purposes and not suitable for everyday trips. It is essential to enable cyclists to...

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Messfahrrad des niederländischen Fietsersbond zur Evaluation der Radverkehrsqualität

Cycling Quality Management and Evaluation in Europe

In many European regions, the role of cycling has increased significantly in recent years. More and more people use cycling for their everyday travel. Efforts to promote cycling (input) and changes in travel behaviour (output) can be measured so...

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Beschäftigte nutzen das Fahrrad auf dem Weg zur Arbeit

Travel Plans - Mobility Management for Cycling

Mobility management strategies can be pursued at regional or municipal level, but also at the level of an individual company; it often includes a combination of various strategies for action, such as information and consulting measures as well as...

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Infrastrukturverbesserungen gefählicher Schulwegsituationen

Cycling to School

Travelling to and from school is often the first step in a child's independence. It can be promoted at any age: special programmes for nursery, primary and secondary schools are already being successfully implemented in many cities. Such...

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Autobahn A40 im Ruhrgebiet während des "Still-Lebens"

Car Free Days

Car Free Days are becoming increasingly popular. They are highly promising tool to establish cycling as a mode of transport, to rally for an environmentally friendly transport policy, and to evaluate existing and/or needed cycle-friendly...

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Das Fahrrad ist hervorragend für den Einkauf alltäglicher Dinge geeignet

Local Actions to Encourage Cycling for Shopping

There is still untapped potential for increasing bicycle use for shopping. The implementation of successful strategies for increasing the percentage of shoppers coming to city centres by bike is usually dependent on the collaboration of multiple...

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Kleine Fahrradständer für Kinderräder

Children on Bicycles - Mobility Education

Integrating bicycle use into road safety education serves multiple purposes: it promotes the independent mobility of children and adolescents; it shapes their travel behaviour later in life, and creates awareness for an environmentally friendly...

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Münchner Radlnacht

Marketing Action to Promote Cycling

Marketing actions are instruments for cycling promotion that have proven successful in ‘selling’ everything around cycling through creative and targeted measures. They can emotionalise cycling, reach new target groups and create a ‘good...

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Ergebnis einer Suche im Radroutenplaner Nordrhein-Westfalen

Mapping - Routing - Navigation for Cycling

Building a complete and coherent map of a cycle route network is a tremendous challenge. Cycling travel guides and cycle route maps have been produced, and digital media increasingly offer geofunctions. Also the users become involved – they help...

Kampagne "Berlin nimmt Rücksicht" (Berlin takes care)

Road Traffic Safety Campaigning

The basis for any road safety campaign is an assessment of the status quo to clearly identify the problem that is to be addressed by the communication activities. As a rule, campaigns should not be isolated activities conducted by individual...

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Terminal des Fahrradverleihsystems "Citybike" in Wien

Bike Sharing Systems

Bike rental systems offer new mobility options for spontaneous day-to-day travel, for commuters in city centres and peripheral employment centres, and for leisure cycling in the city and the region.

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