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Cycling complements public transport

"DeinRadschloss" - Secure, digitally controlled cycle parking facilities in the Rhine-Ruhr public transport network (VRR)

Double-decker bike rack in Oberhausen-Sterkrade
Double-decker bike rack in Oberhausen-Sterkrade © Kienzler Stadtmobiliar GmbH

VRR (network coordinator) and the cities of Bochum, Dortmund, Duisburg, Ennepetal, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Hagen, Krefeld, Langenfeld, Mönchengladbach, Monheim, Mülheim a.d.R., Oberhausen and Ratingen participated in the be supported by the funding call "Climate Protection by Cycling" of the National Climate Initiative (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety) (BMU) with the project "DeinRadschloss" ("Your CyleLock").

"DeinRadschloss" aims to promote environmental friendly intermodal and multimodal trips and the use of the bike as feeder to public transport. The project provides modern, high-quality bicycle parking facilities with digital reservation through an app at connection points to public transport in the VRR area.

By the end of 2018, more than 900 new secure parking spaces had been realised at 61 locations in the 14 municipalities. Both boxes for individual bicycles and collective parking facilities are used. An access point to an existing cycle station will also be converted and equipped with a "DeinRadschloss" access point. The total volume of the measures is about 4 million euros.

Under the brand name "DeinRadschloss", passengers can search for, book and pay for parking spaces via the internet and smartphone at After a one-time registration, the customer can use all "DeinRadschloss" facilities in the network area. To access the parking facilities on site, a public transport chip card can also be used. Various transport companies have already integrated "DeinRadschloss" into their apps. In order to achieve a higher utilisation rate and also enable occasional cyclists to use it, a short-term rental with daily or weekly bookings at all locations is offered.

To ensure that cyclists recognise the new boxes in all participating cities at first glance, VRR has developed a striking design together with a creative agency and in coordination with the municipalities. The lettering "DeinRadschloss" is combined with a stylised bicycle and a smartphone with a lock in an eye-catching word mark. In this way, the project partners also emphasise the central advantage of the network-wide system in the design: cyclists can conveniently book a space on the go via smartphone and do not need any other equipment apart from their chosen access medium to open the boxes or collection facilities. On site in the municipalities, pictograms with a local reference to the bicycle parking facilities are applied to promote identification with the city. Overall, the design is very concise with an eye-catching colour scheme so that users will always recognise the system both in the cityscape and online on the website.


An extrapolation of initial survey data showed that an annual emission reduction of more than 70 tonnes of CO2 equivalent can be achieved; the majority of this is accounted for by shifted car journeys. The majority of use occurs in commuter traffic.

Other municipalities can join the system with new bicycle parking facilities. The success of the project prompted VRR to promote investments in the construction of new facilities in the "DeinRadschloss" system in the future. Thus, the total number of parking spaces in this project could successively increase in the future. In addition, the qualitative further development, e.g. through the integration of a cargo bike or pedelec rental service, is also being examined. This should make "DeinRadschloss" an important component of a supra-regional network of mobile stations.

Why is it an innovative example to follow?

In the course of the development of multi- and intermodal transport services, the bicycle represents an important component. In particular, it plays an increasingly important role as a feeder to public transport. Due to the increasing availability of pedelecs/e-bikes, the catchment areas of stations and stops are becoming larger and larger. In order to enable safe parking of bikes, well-equipped B+R facilities are an important prerequisite. "DeinRadschloss" will make an important contribution to this.


Governmental funds
Municipal funds
4 000 000 €

"Climate Protection by Cycling" funding programme of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The funding level was 70 % or 90 %, depending on the budgetary situation of the project partners. The funds had to be supplemented by complementary funds from the municipalities or VRR. Operating costs were not funded and are to be borne by the project partners.



The booking and usage data from the "DeinRadschloss" background system were evaluated. In addition, a survey of registered users was conducted.

As the first evaluation was conducted when not all facilities were in operation, the results of a follow-up evaluation after a first full cycling season remain to be seen.

Project manager / parties involved

Project management: 

Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr AöR

Project parties involved: 
  • VRR
  • 14 Städte: Bochum, Dortmund, Duisburg, Ennepetal, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Hagen, Krefeld, Langenfeld, Mönchengladbach, Monheim, Mülheim a.d.R., Oberhausen und Ratingen

Project term

On-going since: 
January 2017
Completed on: 
December 2018

Public relation and documents


Ansprechpartner auf Projektebene: 

Bettina Blume
Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr AöR
Projektkoordination DeinRadschloss
Augustastr. 1
45879 Gelsenkirchen
Telefon: 0209/1585-273
Telefax: 0209/1585- 123273

Kommunale Ansprechpartner: 
Date (Text as of…)
31. May 2019
Bettina Blume, Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr AöR
NRVP action fields
North Rhine-Westphalia