Next stop: Salzburg
Salzburg wants to blaze a trail through the future of mobility and set a new standard with the “salzburg.mobil 2025” mobility concept. The transport plans of tomorrow are being developed in numerous research projects to do precisely that.
The “salzburg.mobil 2025” plan is at the core of Salzburg’s bid to usher in a multimodal future. A total of 83 specific measures are targeted at easing traffic’s impact on the climate and making it more environmentally friendly by establishing an appropriate mix of various modes of transport. For instance, “salzburg.mobil 2025” aims to boost both bicycle traffic and public transit by nearly 20%. The objective is to promote multimodality on a massive scale.
Going forward, residents will not be stuck with only one form of transportation; an improved range of choices will substantially add to the number of options they have to choose from. The idea is to develop the spatial structure of populated areas to prevent dependence on the automobile. Also, funding programs, such as financing for 10,000 electric vehicles, are designed to promote the use of electrical drives. Gas-powered buses will also run more frequently on biogas produced in the region.
As one can imagine, right from the start, Salzburg is well-positioned to launch this ambitious project to shape the future: cycling traffic already makes up 20 % of overall traffic in the city, thanks the lack of hills and the open area. This city of 150,000 has already been full of great, fast cycling paths for quite some time. Nevertheless, the basic conditions in this Austrian state capital are challenging: space is at a premium, and construction to establish new traffic patterns is not always feasible, especially in the historic Old Town (Altstadt). “That’s why we’ll coordinate different transit modes with each other,” says Dr. Karl Rehrl, Head of Mobile and Web-based Information Systems at the independent research organisation Salzburg Research.
“Where does cycling make the most sense, where does walking and where does public transit?”
That’s why moving freight transport to rail is also an objective of “salzburg.mobil 2025”. This should go a long way toward cutting air and noise pollution and reducing the consumption of space and resources. The concept also has a powerful social component. It aims to ensure that citizens of all ages have the same opportunities to be mobile and can freely select what means of transportation they use. The idea is to render regional centres, jobs, places of study and social institutions equally well accessible.”
“The state mobility concept ’salzburg.mobil 2025’ puts us on a great path,” Rehrl notes. “Ultimately, tackling future mobility challenges is about creating the comprehensive plan for all modes of transportation,” he adds.