BICY - Cities and Regions of Bicycles on a visit to Graz
The 4th BICY partner meeting was combined with a 2-day trans-national workshop that was not only open to partners and stakeholders from the partner countries, but also to the interested public. The event took place in Graz on 27th-29th of June 2011.
11 Cities and Regions from 8 Central European countries participate in the BICY project which aims to:
1. Promote cycling in everyday life
2. Develop local and regional cycling strategies based on mutual transnational learning activities
3. Implement concepts for bicycle networks, bike parking and theft prevention as well as innovative services on a trans-European level.
At the beginning of the workshop the Vice Mayor of Graz, Mrs. Lisa Rücker, and municipal officials talked about the long cycling tradition in Graz that started with another mayor’s visions and powers of persuasion. Already in 1992 a speed limit of 30 km/h was introduced on all (except priority) roads in Graz. Now Graz aims to further promote and increase the visibility of bicycle traffic. Therefore, one focal point will be the provision of more bicycle parking places in order to better cover the demand.
Graz, as a forerunner city, was happy to show the partners and stakeholders many of the important bicycle traffic infrastructure features during a cycling excursion that focussed mainly on the inner city area, but also allowed the almost 50 participants to enjoy the beautiful cycling route that connects the inner city with one of the landmarks of Graz - the Basilika Mariatrost.
Main parts of the different workshop sessions that included topics like: monitoring, restrictive & complementary measures, innovative services & city bike tourism and awareness raising campaigns & socialization measures were the issues of bicycle parking and theft prevention as important elements for the promotion of bicycle traffic in general.
A “Bicycle Parking Brochure” with useful expert knowledge, tips and hints was produces to underline the importance of bicycle parking as a measure to actively support bicycle traffic within a region or city. This brochure is available for download, free of charge, on the BICY website (www.bicy.it) in many European languages. To download the brochure click here.
A bicycle fountain, set up specifically for the BICY transnational workshop, on a main square of Graz caused a sensation - not only among the workshop participants who enjoyed the attraction during the brakes, but also among tourists and citizens of Graz.
Contact: Susanne Wrighton
BICY Implemented in the Central Europe Programme (www.central2013.eu) is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).