Representatives of the senate, districts and Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, signed Thursday an “Alliance for Cycling Traffic” which foresees the completion of a 280-kilometre long network of 14 veloroutes for cyclists by 2020 and expanding regional routes and parking spaces.
The district authorities and the Ministry of Economics, Transport and Innovation will sign annual agreements as part of infrastructure measures in their jurisdiction. A total of EUR 33 million in federal funding and from the Ministry of Economics, Transport and Innovation’s budget have been set aside to enhance the infrastructure for cyclists by 2018. The Ministry of Economics, Traffic and Innovation will fund an external engineers and planners’ office to manage the project.
Aligning cycling network with overall traffic planning
The text of the alliance had been previously agreed with the seven district authorities and committees, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg Agency of Roads, Bridges and Water (LSBG), the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA), HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, Park+Ride-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH, Stadtreinigung Hamburg and Landesbetrieb Verkehr.
Scholz said: “Mobility in Hamburg is as diverse as the city itself. We walk, use bikes, cars, buses, trains and ferries. Bikes are becoming more popular in Hamburg. Cycling is healthy, environment-friendly and practical. It matches everyday life in a modern city. Our common goal is to pave the way towards this cycling trend. We wish to expand the network of bike paths and to align it intelligently with overall traffic planning.”
Kirsten Pfaue, Hamburg’s Co-ordinator of Cycle Traffic, said: “Good cycle transport offers improve the overall flow of traffic on the roads. Also, the conditions for bicycle traffic, when vying for professionals and encouraging companies to locate here, are indicators of a liveable city.”