Together with the municipality Bruck a.d. Mur and the federal state Styria, verkehrplus will develop a bicycle traffic concept. The first step was a joint inspection of the city, of course by bike. Both, points of failures as well as points provided with optimal solutions, were inspected and discussed upon. For the year 2017 various workshops with different measures are planned to increase the attractiveness of bicycle traffic. To involve the inhabitants of Bruck a public survey as well as a planning workshop will take place in April 2017.
On the 13th of October a new shopping mall was opened in Liezen, which further increases its attractiveness as a shopping city. verkehrplus has managed the project from its first ideas to the implementation of the project. verkehrplus developed the transportation concept, accompanied the project sponsors during official procedures and ensured the technical implementation. At the beginning of October, the fourth traffic signal on the B320 at the junction “Eurogast” was installed and the new shopping centre was ready to be inaugurated.
Since mid-September, the municipality of Gratwein-Straßengel now provides two new mobility offers for its citizens, the flexible communal bus „rufmi“and the e-car-sharing offer „buchmi“. rufmi, a flexible and demand-oriented bus service, covers routes throughout the whole municipal area of Gratwein-Straßengel, especially focusing on the rural areas. Additionally, as a result of the buchmi-project, two electrically-powered vehicles are now available for rental in Judendorf-Straßengel and Gratwein.
verkehrplus examined the feasibility of the two projects, supervised and guided the Marktgemeinde in the execution of its plans and was responsible of the acquisition of fundings.
In the area of the B-Road B64 in Weiz seven traffic signal installations are in the course of being converted or newly built as part of the project “by pass Preding-Weiz Part 3a”. At the same time an automatic barrier system and a local switch will be established. verkehrplus will assume responsibility for the construction supervision of four traffic signal installations, the automatic barrier system and the local switch. In the course of this various aspects, e.g. the progress of work, will be continually supervised and documented.
Cycling, especially in everyday life, is healthy, chic, affordable, in vogue and environmentally friendly. At the beginning of July, the new Strategy on Bicycle Traffic 2025 for the state of Styria was presented by the transportation secretary (germ. Landesrat) Anton Lang. According to the motto "Strong Push - The green jersey for Styria" (germ. "Starker Antritt - Das grüne Trikot für die Steiermark") the state of Styria now owns a modern strategy to promote and support bicycle traffic.
In the year of 2016 the state of Styria is developing a strategy to subsidize demand responsive public transport-systems in Styria as an addition to the existing public tram and bus lines. The Institute of Science, Technology and Society Studies of the Alpen-Adria University and verkehrplus are working on the contents of this strategy, in close ties with the commissioner. During the course of the inaugural event the seven regional managements of Styria, were integrated into the process of development of the strategy, as representatives of the municipalities and regions. The event took place in the burgh of Trofaiach in May 2016, as it presented the Good-Practice example of the gMeinBus Trofaiach.
In the course of the closure of railway crossings in the area of Fehring, the transfer of a part of the road L207, which lies between the B57 and the junction of the L222 is in planning. verkehrplus held an examination with which it rated two different variants according to a cost-efficiency analysis. Other disciplines helped to take different factors (noise, pollutants, flood protection, transport policy goals, transport effectiveness, traffic flow) into account. In addition to that, investment and maintenance costs were assessed. The result is a comparison of the benefits and costs of both variants with a recommendation for one of the two.
As part of the programme of action “School-Mobility-Management”, coordinated by the city of Graz, verkehrplus initiated, amongst other schemes, the project “mobile creative” in the primary school Gabelsberger. During the course of two days the students were creatively introduced to the subject of mobility. The pupils were made familiar with means of transport, discussed their ways to/from school, crafted a cargo bike out of cardboard and sang songs. In the end, the students were given a folder with a collection of their own imaginative creations. You can find further pictures on the school’s homepage.
The Styrian strategy on bicycle traffic is in the process of being updated, with the help of verkehrplus. To achieve this, four Styrian pilot regions, among others, were chosen. Extensive concepts on bicycle traffics were developed in said regions, relying on a cooperative process. The findings of these planning processes will be included in the future strategy on bicycle traffic. A workshop conducted during April 2016 with 30 specialists from a wide spectrum of fields linked to bicycle traffic aimed to further pinpoint the collected contents. The new strategy on bicycle traffic will be published during the summer of 2016.