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Vienna: Cycling traffic increased since ten years

Der Trend zu klimaverträglicher Mobilität in Wien setzt sich fort. 2020 stieg der Radverkehr im Vergleich zum Vorjahr um zwölf Prozent an.
Der Trend zu klimaverträglicher Mobilität in Wien setzt sich fort. 2020 stieg der Radverkehr im Vergleich zum Vorjahr um zwölf Prozent an. © Fahrrad Wien. Auswertung der automatischen Dauerzählstellen für den Radverkehr, MA 46, Stadt Wien.

Bicycle counters in Vienna: Cycling traffic increased by twelve percent in 2020

The trend towards climate-friendly mobility in Vienna continues. In 2020, cycling increased by twelve percent compared to the year before. Corona contributed to even more people cycling in Vienna, but the trend was also increasing before corona. In Vienna, cycling traffic is measured at automatic bicycle counters. For the first time, more than one million cyclists were counted at four of the counting stations in 2020.

Cycling in Vienna proves to be crisis-proof. Despite lock-downs, distance learning and home offices, the Viennese pedalled more often than ever before last year. Cycling increased continuously during the last years, the corona crises accelerated this trend in 2020.

The strongest growth occurred in May and September 2020, with 45 per cent more cyclists counted in May 2020 compared to 2019. In September, there were 23 per cent more. There were also record numbers in the cold season in 2020. In November, there was a 19 per cent increase. In December, 13 percent more cyclists were on the road than in the previous year.

Cycling for leisure is experiencing a strong upswing. This is most evident at the Wienzeile counting point, where 50 percent more cyclists were counted than in the previous year. Strong increases were also recorded at the counting stations on the Danube Canal with plus 33 percent and on the Liesingbach with even 36 percent growth. This is also due to increased recreational cycling for exercise during lockdowns.

Due to lockdown restrictions, routes that are usually used for the commute to work or the way to the educational institution, such as the Opernring, have slightly lower increases. The slight decrease at the Operngasse counting point is due to the new cycle path on Linke Wienzeile, which many cyclists now use instead of the cycle path in front of the counting point. The fact that the university classes in 2020 mainly took place in distance learning, and thus students did not cycle to the university, also influenced the volume of cycling in Operngasse.

At four of the automatic permanent counting stations - Praterstern, Operngasse, Opernring and Lassallestraße - more than one million cyclists were counted last year. At the counting point Lassallestraße the one million mark was exceeded for the first time. More than 160,000 cyclists were counted there than in the previous year.

The day with the most cyclists at a counting point was Tuesday, 30 June 2020, when 10,389 cyclists were recorded at the counting point on Opernring. Never before have so many cyclists been counted at a road with a counting station.