Funding of more than 80 percent possible for districts and municipalities
10 cycle highways until 2025 in Baden-Württemberg
Both in the region around Freiburg and to the south of Karlsruhe, cycle highways are planned. These well-developed separate cycle routes are particularly interesting for commuters who want to travel quickly and in an environmentally and climate-friendly manner on their daily way from and to work. At the end of January 2019, the state parliament provided an important impetus for further expansion with the amendment of the Road Act. As a result, cycle highways are legally equal to state roads and district roads. The goal is to build 10 cycle highways in the southwest by 2025.
Cycle highways in the state of Baden-Württemberg
In South Baden, the routes are Freiburg - Waldkirch and Freiburg - Emmendingen. In northern Baden, the routes Karlsruhe - Ettlingen and Karlsruhe - Rastatt (also possible as a corridor Karlsruhe - Ettlingen – Rastatt). Whether an additional connection between Tübingen and Reutlingen can be planned and built by the state in the Tübingen area, for example, still has to be proven by a corresponding user potential. A total of 16 corridors have been identified on the basis of feasibility studies and the nationwide potential analysis. A further 37 corridors are expected to be in the construction load of the districts and municipalities. The responsibility of the corridors may still change due to the submission of further feasibility studies or as part of the further planning procedure. For districts and municipalities, a subsidy of over 80 percent is possible.
Further information on cycle highways
Cycle highways are high-quality, directly managed and high-performance cycle routes between districts and municipalities. These connections are characterised by their high quality:
- Total distance: at least 5.0 km
- Width: mainly four metres, largely free of crossings
- intercommunal connection
- significant link for everyday cycling (AADT ≥ 2,000 cyclists/24h on predominant part of the total route)
Due to direct, detour-free routes with few stops and large widths, fast cycle connections are particularly attractive, especially on longer distances. They therefore have great potential, especially in view of the increasing use of e-bikes and pedelecs, to relieve road and rail congestion, avoid traffic jams and contribute to air pollution control.
On fast cycle routes, the average cruising speed is increased by the fact that cyclists have less to stop and wait at junctions due to crossing-free or privileged tours.