Graz goes Copenhagen!
In Denmark and in the Netherlands it is very common to transport smaller goods by bicycle. A “living laboratory” for cargo bicycles has been established in Graz as part of the EU project Cyclelogistics. The aim is to shift some of the goods transport, currently done by motorized vehicles, to cargo bikes.
In Denmark, as well as in the Netherlands, cargo bicycle are a common site on the roads. In fact, Copenhagen (530.000 inhabitants) has 25.000 cargo bicycles. Graz (260.000 inhabitants) currently has 30 cargo bicycles but this number is about to increase. FGM-AMOR, the coordinator of the EU funded Cyclelogistics project - in cooperation with the city of Graz - provides 7 different types of cargo bicycles to interested businesses. The idea behind it all is to let companies experience the advantages of cargo bicycles for themselves and for free. This way they can find out which type of bicycle best suits the needs of their business and ultimately decide to integrate cargo bicycles into their own fleet. There are different 2 or 3 wheeled cargo bicycles available to suit the needs of delivery companies, service providers (from ice-cream stores to chimney sweeps), communal services and bicycle couriers. The city of Graz has even ordered one custom made tricycle for road maintenance.
Research has demonstrated (baseline study Cyclelogistics) that in urban areas it would be possible to shift up to 25% of all trips to the bicycle. In Graz there are 1,2 Mio trips a day, 300.000 daily transport-related car trips, could be shifted to the bicycle. Out of that 80.000 - 100.000 trips are related to commercial purposes.
The vice mayor of Graz, in cooperation with the environmental agency, wants to take the encouragement for businesses one step further and currently funds cargo bikes purchased by commercial enterprises with 50% (max. €1.000). This, together with the efforts related to the IEE-funded project Cyclelogistics, has already lead to visibly more cargo bikes on Graz’ roads, since the beginning of the project in May 2011.
Contact: Susanne Wrighton
BICY Implemented in the Central Europe Programme (www.central2013.eu) is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).