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Pilot projects for implementing the National Cycling Plan (NCP) approved

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BAG approves the first twelve projects from the 2020 funding call for the implementation of the National Cycling Plan (NRVP) with a total funding volume of around 4.15 million euros.

The NCP forms the basis for a future-oriented cycling and mobility policy in Germany. To implement the NCP, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) funds non-investment projects. These include, among other things, the preparation of guidelines and feasibility studies, the implementation of information and communication campaigns or the implementation of research and development projects.

The 2020 call for funding includes in particular projects focusing on "mobility education", "interfaces of cycling and walking" and "potentials of cycling".  Now the first twelve exciting projects are approved:

The project "MoBild – Mobilitätsbildung" (MoBild - Mobility Education) of the Technical University of Berlin and the Humboldt University of Berlin is dedicated to the topic of mobility education. It aims to develop and test new teaching and learning approaches to promote ecomobility among children and young people in daycare centres, schools and traffic schools, as well as to qualify (future) teachers and educators.

n the project "Rad(t)schlag der Jugend" by the Institute for Networked Thinking Bredeneek and Bike Citizens, young people are to actively contribute ideas for promoting cycling in Schleswig-Holstein by working in school project weeks and in the development of an app and a state-wide campaign that motivates people to cycle. From 2021, it is planned that an app will be available to all interested parties from the region that not only shows cycling routes, but also rewards the use of the bicycle and offers promotions.

In order to increase road safety and to better understand the conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists, the Technical University Berlin is investigating the safety effects of different bikeway design options on pedestrian traffic in the  "SAFENESS" project. The project aims to provide insights into which design parameters of the cycling infrastructure have a positive or negative effect on the occurrence of accidents, the risk of accidents and the potential for conflict between cyclists and pedestrians.

The "CapeReviso" project of the University of Stuttgart, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the German Cyclists' Federation ADFC also addresses this topic. Here, innovative approaches of machine learning, human sensor technology and virtual reality are used to develop a tool for urban and traffic planning that provides an improved basis for decision-making for municipalities.

In the field of infrastructure planning, research is being carried out by the "ENTLASTA" project of the University of Wuppertal, among others. The project determines future requirements for the networks and design elements of the cycling infrastructure resulting from the increasing volume of cargo bikes. The goal is to make the use of cargo bikes functional, comfortable, conflict-free and safe for all road users and cargo bike users, both in commercial traffic and in everyday traffic.

The project "MMoNK" investigates the traffic effects and conflicts of use of newly emerging electrically assisted means of transport of micromobility on footpaths and cycle paths. The project, implemented jointly by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu), is intended to help facilitate a regulated coexistence of different modes of transport and to accompany the roll-out of new mobility offers, such as e-scooters, with regard to good conditions for cycling and walking.

The aim of the "AllRad" project of the Mainz University of Applied Sciences is to increase the attractiveness of cycling by improving the structural maintenance of the cycle path networks. For this purpose, a concept for the management and maintenance of cycle paths for road authorities is to be developed.

In the areas of communication and cycling planning, the city of Bad Honnef implements an integrated approach to promote cycling in a municipality with partly challenging conditions for cycling in the project "Die Radwende" which includes, among other things, the establishment of new infrastructure offers and active public relations.

The campaign project "IKFS" of the City of Cologne aims to promote knowledge about the correct behaviour on bicycle lanes. Although bicycle lanes have been part of the road traffic regulations since 1997, many road users are not familiar with the concept and the traffic rules. A model city-wide campaign is intended to help close these gaps in knowledge.

"Zehn-Argumente" (Ten Arguments) by the Municipal Working Group for the Promotion of Walking and Cycling in Schleswig-Holstein (RAD.SH) collects the most important arguments for using the bicycle and prepares them in the form of Youtube videos and a postcard brochure for decision-makers and the public.

The "TINK-Netzwerk" project wants to accelerate the expansion of rental systems for cargo bikes by establishing a municipal network. Cities are to be advised on setting up a rental system for cargo bikes, quality standards are to be defined, a uniform booking system is to be developed and a rental bike system which can be set up flexible at different places is to be tested.

Finally, the "NahMob" project of the Technical University of Berlin will develop a model local mobility concept for a high-density urban neighbourhood in Berlin. The aim is to redesign the urban space in favour of walking and cycling, taking into account the concerns of residents, local politics and planning.

All NCP projects are published at nationaler-radverkehrsplan.de/de/praxis/nrvp-projekte (text in German)

About the NCP: nationaler-radverkehrsplan.de/en/federal-initiatives/national-cycling-plan-nvp-2020