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BMVI provides 25 million euros

Federal states can call up subsidies for cycle highways

The Radschnellweg (cycle highway) Ruhr on the city limits of Essen/Mülheim
The Radschnellweg (cycle highway) Ruhr on the city limits of Essen/Mülheim © Hauswirtschaft / Wikimedia

BMVI provides 25 million euros

With immediate effect, federal states can call up subsidies for cycle highways. The federal states have now approved the necessary funding criteria.

Cycle highways:

  • are at least 10 kilometers long;
  • have forecast 2000 bicycle rides per day;
  • are at least between 3 meters (single lane) and 4 meters (double lane) wide;
  • are separate from other means of transport;
  • have safe and comfortable crossing points;
  • have a high pavement quality and a low gradient.

The federal government contributes an average of 75 percent to the costs of planning and constructing cycle highways. Funding is also being provided for the conversion of intersection points and the safety equipment of paths, including lighting. Interested municipalities can submit applications to the respective state. This then applies for federal funding. Some federal states have already prepared feasibility studies, and on this basis financial aid can be quickly applied.

The federal government has amended the Federal Highway Act in order to make it possible for the states and local authorities to construct cycle highways at all. Now that all the federal states have agreed to the jointly developed funding criteria, the application for funding can start