Graz

Graz is, after Vienna, the second-largest Austrian city with a population of approximately 252,852. It is situated on the river Mur in the southeast of Austria in the region of Styria and quite close to the Slovenian and Hungarian border.
The "Old Town" of Graz is one of the best-preserved city centres in Central Europe. Therefore, it was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. Graz has committed itself to implement soft mobility modes since a long time. A city wide speed limit of 30 km/h was already introduced in 1992. This is one of the best and most effective measures to promote bicycle traffic. Additional measures like extensive pedestrian zone, a continually extended parking policy and a public transport fleet that runs entirely on sustainable fuel underline this commitment towards soft mobility.





BICYCLE

BICYCLE is a socio-economical organisation based in Graz and will set up a rental system with innovative hotels in Graz as forerunner and icebreaker for followers.


The bicycles offered will be regular bikes and Pedelecs (Pedal electric bicycles).


The Pedelec consists of a normal bicycle as basis, an electric motor, a steering/control unit and a battery unit.


Legally Pedelecs are treated like normal bicycles and can therefore use bicycle lanes, the electric support is limited to a speed of 25 km/h.


The impact of the forerunners/icebreakers (first level 3 hotels) with 20 bikes might be limited as a direct impact but more importantly is the indirect impact to the overall hotel business in Graz and to other cities interested in the experience of Graz. The hotels in Graz are connected via the city tourism organisation. It is to expect that other hotels will follow the innovative forerunners if the guests ask for this service if it was s. Therefore it is important that the BICY investment support helps the icebreaker hotels.


The potential of Graz is 700.000 to 800.000 nights in an average year. And Graz has very good frame conditions for cycling, very few rainy days, rarely snow, quite good cycling network and speed limit for cars. And people like to cycle therefore the guests can feel the “cycling friendly climate”.


The trans-national added value of such an application would be to gain know-how, how to integrate the Electric Bike in the hotel bike systems. Out of the lessons learned, we get the details for the “does and don’t’s” for potential followers within BICY consortium and for other cities in the CEE region.


After the project this should be a normal hotel service for the guests of a cycle friendly city.


BICYCLE will also carry out an exchange service for used cycles twice a year and a contest for companies in Graz to test their bike friendliness.


 


FGM-AMOR


FGM-AMOR Graz, Austria is one of Europe’s leading companies in the field of mobility research and communication. The company has vast experience in designing communication and dissemination activities for European projects (see website for more information: www.fgm.at).


FGM-AMOR is co-ordinator and host of the biggest European web portal on sustainable transport www.eltis.org and can therefore offer a lot of synergies for the BICY project.


FGM-AMOR has long lasting experience in carrying out cycling projects. The company developed together with two European partners a quality management method for cycling policies. (BYPAD, Bicycle Policy Audit). BYPAD is in more than 100 European cities and regions implemented. Experiences from BYPAD will be integrated and used for BICY.


FGM will run the WP2. It provide know how in communication & dissemination by utilizing emotional approaches and realize synergies to ongoing EU projects.


In addition FGM will design and implement a concept about bicycle parking and theft prevention strategies and produce guidelines for it. For this the places where bicycle parking areas are most needed, e.g. for park & bike and bike & ride concepts will be located. The necessary bike parking areas will be listed according to their priority (documentation, location and suggestions for measures). During the BICY project adaptations and improvements to the existing bicycle policy papers will be carried out by utilising the approach of BYPAD and produce and implement concepts for awareness, education and training with regard to cycling. Furthermore educational activities will be carried out in Graz.




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BICY Implemented in the Central Europe Programme (www.central2013.eu) is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).