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Innsbruck New bicycle capital in Austria

10. October 2012

Innsbruck new bicycle capital of Austria

According to the traffic report 2011 of the VCÖ the percentage of bicycle riders in Innsbruck rose from 13% in 2002 to 23% in 2011 and the previous bicycle capital Bregenz had to settle for the second place with only 21%.

For the last 10 years the infrastructure of Innsbruck has been developed and expanded as well as a bicycle friendly traffic planning was implemented. Some of the measures was the building of many weather protected parking places for bicycles and the fact that bicycles can be transported free of charge in the Innsbruck public transportation service as well as an increased awareness of using the bicycle i.e. for shopping..

Many car drivers have changed from car to bicycle. On their way to work the inhabitants of Innsbruck use their bicycle (29%) almost as often as their car (32%). In all of Tyrolea the percentage of bicycle riders amounts to 11%.

The network of cycling paths around Innsbruck (and its holiday villages) comprises 350 km of bicycle paths and 115 km of mountain bike trails.