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Rostock: Cycling route to the northwest

The Hanseatic City of Rostock wants to improve its cycling network and asked experts to analyze three different alternatives for a cycling route from the northwest to the city center. The report includes an inventory analysis, an assessment of the variants, as well as an estimation of the general feasibility of the different routes. It also contains recommendations with respect to an action plan.

The report lists the most important measures that need to be taken in order to realize an improvement of the infrastructure such as to provide a good cycling connection from the north-west to the city center.

Moreover, it recommends improving the existing multi-modal connection points to other modes of transportation, various communication measures, the creation of cycling roads and bicycle parking facilities, as well as an information sheet on the new cycling highway.

The study (in German language) can be downloaded here:

Rostock: Bicycle station at Central Station

Cycling has doubled in the modal split of Rostock during the last 10 years. Rostock's inhabitants take the bicycle for more than 20 % of all trips. Many of them use the bicycle also in combination with busses, trams and trains.

The Hanseatic City of Rostock wants to improve the conditions for bicycle commuters. 2011 the municipality began its project work with a vision for an optimized combination of cycling and public transport: A bicycle station at the Central Station.

About 20.000 people arrive, depart or change at the Central Station every day. More than 400 bicycles are parked at the around the main station. The number of bicycle stands has increased up to 300 in 2011. However most parking facilities cannot protect the bicycles against theft and vandalism. Therefore many commuters use old bicycles with bad lighting and brakes.

The solution could be a bicycle station with guarded parking places. The municipality asked the architecture office "matrix architektur" to conduct a feasibility study. They developed a vision for a bicycle station with 400 parking places, a workshop, rental bicycles, safe-deposit boxes and a loading station for electrical bicycles.

The results of the feasibility study were presented and discussed in a panel discussion with politicians and stakeholders at the climate action day on 16th of September 2011.

The feasibility study (in German language) can be downloaded here: