New pilot projects for implementing the National Cycling Plan
Dobrindt presents decision on the funding of new pilot projects
On July 6th 2016 Federal Minister Alexander Dobrindt handed over seven official funding notices for innovative projects in cycling promotion. The seven projects were funded by the National Cycling Plan (NCP) with a total volume of about 1.5 million euros.
The range of topics of the just recently started projects is wide: One of them will test safety-oriented driver assistance systems for e-bikes. The Leibniz University and the Hannover Medical School will analyze health promotion effects of e-bike cycling.
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure provides 3.2 million euros each year for the funding of (non-investment) innovative pilot projects promoting cycling.
Every year in spring, a call for projects is published for the following funding year (the closing date for submitting project ideas is 1 August). The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is thus providing financial assistance to (non-investment) pilot projects in the action areas of the NCP (planning and developing a cycling strategy; infrastructure; road safety; communications; cycle tourism; electric mobility; linkage with other means of transport; mobility and road safety education) as well as in areas of societal importance and related to cycling, like health promotion, urban development, climate change mitigation and environmental protection. Every year, two new funding priorities are selected.
This year closing date for submitting project ideas is August 1st 2016. For the upcoming 2017 funding year "infrastructure" and "safe bike mobility for everybody" are the priorities for project funding.
The new NCP-projects are:
- A bike for any eventuality (establishing e-bikes as an mode of transport in daily life)
- Safety oriented driver assistance systems for e-bikes
- Cycling mobility at large commercial and industrial sites exemplified by Frankfurt Airport
- Implementation of the 2016/17 ADFC Bicycle Climate Test and updating and development of its methodology
- Technologic and economic process analysis for the use of cargo bikes in municipal institutions exemplified by Stadtreinigung Hamburg (Hamburg city cleaning authority)
- Evaluating ccycle traffic - a guideline for local authorities
- Prospective study on health promotion effects of e-bike cycling: Do pedelecs contirbute to meet the targets of the WHO for physical activity despite their lower physical excercise compared to cycling?