Large majority supports the "Cycle Highway Ruhr (RS1)"
Eleven percent of the Ruhr area's inhabitants cycle to work on a daily basis. That number could increase significantly, if the "Cycle Highway Ruhr (RS1) " will be built. That is shown by the results from a representative survey, conducted by the opinion research institute forsa on behalf of the regional federation of enterprises "Initiativkreis Ruhr".
In that study, 63 percent of the responding Ruhr area citizens support the RS1 construction plans. At least 21 percent of those, who currently don't cycle to work, would prospectively use the new route for that purpose.
In the future, the "Cycle Highway Ruhr (RS1) " should go through the Cities of Duisburg, Mülheim, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Bochum, Dortmund, Unna, Kamen, Bergkamen and Hamm. It would connect ten urban centres, including four regional metropolis, four universities as well as several additional academic institutions. 1.6 million people are living within the close catchment area of the route, including 430.000 jobholders and 150.000 students. An existing RS1 feasibility study includes an analysis of potentials, a layout of the route, a manual for planning and design, a cost estimation, a cost benefit analysis as well as a communication concept.
The cycle highway should fulfil clearly defined standards of construction and quality. The route will be directed as directly as possible. Cycle and pedestrian traffic should be separated. The cycle path will have two meter wide lanes for each direction, which will be optically separated by street markings. Alike, the width of the additional footpath is defined by two meters. Preferably, the cycle highway should be intersection-free and should give the right of way to cyclists. Within city limits, the route will be illuminated. Distinct signposting, a consistent route design and service station will complete the package for a comfortable trip.
The overall costs for the RS1 are estimated by 183.7 million Euros, 1.81 million Euros per kilometre. In comparison to that, a kilometre of German motorway costs between 15 and 20 million Euros at an average (Federal Highway 5 million, State Road 3 Million).
The RS1's cost benefit ratio of 4.8 is very high - it means, that every Euro invested leads to benefits, which equate its value 4.8 times. Developing the RS1, cycling traffic could displace 52,000 car trips per day in the future.
Original presse release (in German)