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MASTER PLAN for a cycling friendly city

The abc-partner analyzed different master plans connected with cycling in their cities. They agreed on 10 common visions for a bicycle friendly city and 5 guidelines for a cycling friendly city.

You can find these contents in the "Manual for a Cycling Master Plan":

Comparative analysis on master plans
- Rostock, Germany
- Kalmar, Sweden
- Gdansk, Poland

10 common visions on bicycle friendly city

5 Guideline on cycling friendly city
- Systematic approach
- Priority
- Safety
- Comfort
- Attractivity

Ten common visions for a bicycle friendly city

We, abc. multimodal- partners, aim to become “bicycle- friendly cities” and therefore agree on the following 10 common visions. We endeavour to:

1. Make cycling in our cities a joyful experience where you feel secure, healthy and stimulated.

2. Deepen our knowledge about cyclists by performing a monitoring process including regular counts, surveys/ interviews and other traffic analyses.

3. Increase the road safety for cyclists. Our long-term objective is called „Vision Zero“, meaning that no cyclist should be killed or seriously injured on the road.

4. Ensure that the standard for cyclists is high at all time, and be an integrated part in all planning activities to make sure that the cycling routes are optimal and straightforward. Examples for actions could be making use of traffic calming actions/ bike traffic guidance within mixed traffic with cars, cycle- and safety-lanes and cycle paths, opening of 'one-way' streets for cyclists. The standard for cyclists should also be high during construction works.

5. Prioritize cycling and walking on short distances over the private car.

6. Improve multimodal connections for commuters in connection with the use of the bicycle and public transport.

7. Ensure that cycling routes are well signposted and pursue adequate maintenance of cycling infrastructure, including street cleaning and winter service on bike paths. There should also be sufficient parking space at all key cycling destinations and maintained at a high standard and having a high standard of security preventing theft.

8. Have good public relations with high citizen participation and make increasingly use of electronic media.

9. Make sure that municipal employees are skilled at urban cycling issues and that the municipal funds for cycling traffic are adequate to cyclists' need. The municipality will make sure that the balance between all modes of transport is even.

10. Support efforts at various municipal levels to mitigate the negative impact of suburbanization processes.