"Bicycle use - a positive trend that needs to be supported"
DLR Mobility Report for the State of Lower Saxony
The Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection presented the results of the project "NeueWege: Wege zur nachhaltigen Mobilität in Niedersachsen" (New Paths: Paths to sustainable mobility in Lower Saxony) on 25 May 2021. Issues relating to cycling are also highlighted in the expert report:
The recommendations for action state, among other things (Chapter 7, from page 172 onwards):
It is important to support the positive trend of increasing bicycle use, which can be observed above all in the cities, by expanding the infrastructure. This includes: the construction of safe cycle paths/lanes, the construction of cycle expressways, cycle-friendly traffic lights, the construction of bicycle parking facilities and infrastructure for linking the use of bicycles with the use of other means of transport. The expansion of the bicycle infrastructure is comparatively cheap and can be implemented quickly. The expansion is particularly effective if, for example, parking spaces for cars are reallocated, as this increases the pressure on car drivers while at the same time developing alternatives.
Rural areas should not be left behind by the positive development of cycling. In addition to the improvement of the bicycle infrastructure, the improvement of the supply infrastructure plays a role here, so that trips can be made in the local area and thus potentially on foot or by bicycle.
So far, pedelecs are mainly used by older people. For young people, however, the journey to work is a good, so far hardly exploited field of application for pedelecs.
The image of cities is, as outlined at the beginning, the result of decades of car-oriented planning policy. The conversion of cities by rededicating areas for stationary and moving traffic contributes to the quality of stay and invites the use of active modes of transport on foot and bicycle. The consistent promotion of many interlocking and mutually supportive measures can thus contribute in the long term to the emergence of a new mobility culture in which the car takes on a new, subordinate role compared to environmental transport, especially in cities.
In summary, this means: With a mix of
- Public transport promotion and expansion of the bicycle infrastructure,
- promotion of alternative mobility concepts,
- behavioural measures to promote the use of environmental transport,
- dismantling the privileges of the private car,
- courage to rebuild built structures and redistribute street space for more quality of life and stay, inviting the use of active modes and public transport,
- a broad-based communication strategy to promote sustainable mobility, and
- the provision of renewable energy for the remaining motorised transport
- as well as the interlocking of many measures and the engagement of many different actors
the transport turnaround can succeed. There is no lack of ideas and concepts, but above all of their consistent implementation.