Danube Cycle Plans Policies, plans and promotion for more people cycling in the Danube region

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Cycling has become more and more popular in recent years. However, conditions for cycling in the Danube region differ a lot. Some countries already have significant share of its population cycling, whereas in other countries the importance of cycling for transport, health, environment and/or the economy is barely recognized so far. Cycling is often treated as a side topic – in transport policies as well as for most official professional education where future planners, etc. don’t get sufficient training on cycling. Cycling infrastructure development especially at national and transnational level lacks coordinated planning, funding and implementation.

Project Description
The project Danube Cycle Plans addresses these challenges by setting actions to strengthen the three main pillars of cycling promotion:

  1. Facilitate the development of cycling policies at national and transnational level supported by National Cycling Plans based on a common transnational Danube Cycling Strategy;
  2. Support the provision of adequate cycling infrastructure by defining the Danube Cycle Route Network, developing common standards and deriving an investment plan to upgrade current conditions;
  3. Increase the awareness of relevant stakeholders for the needs of cyclists and increase their capacity to promote cycling in the whole Danube region by implementing a mentoring system, inspiration events and national cycling conferences.

At the end of the project, relevant stakeholders will have more capacity and find improved framework conditions to promote cycling as an integral part of an environmentally-friendly transport system which contributes to the EUSDR aim to improve inter-modality and the DTP aim to support environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems. The project is embedded in THE PEP Partnership on Cycling (UNECE/WHO) who´s masterplan gives valuable input for the project and vice versa, the project´s outputs will backflow to the pan-European level.


Policies, plans and promotion for more people cycling in the Danube region
Start date
End date
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1682760.75
ERDF Contribution: 1291787.05
IPA Contribution: 138559.56
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 3
Better connected and energy responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Support environmentally-friendly and safe transport systems and balanced accessibility of urban and rural areas


Filename Date of upload
THE PEP Steering Meeting Commitee Presentation 27-12-2020 03-12-2020 11:55:31
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Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Environment Agency Austria Lead partner agnes.kurzweil@umweltbundesamt.at Austria
Partnership for Urban Mobility ERDF partner jarda@dobramesta.cz Czech Republic
KTI Institute for Transport Sciences Non Profit Ltd. ERDF partner munkacsy.andras@kti.hu Hungary
Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic ERDF partner michal.hladky@mindop.sk Slovakia
Ministry of Infrastructure ERDF partner Gregor.steklacic@gov.si Slovenia
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Project News

  • Danube Cycle Plans - New road signs increase visibility of cyclists in Romania
    - 06-03-2021
    New road signs increase visibility of cyclists in Romania

    From March 1, 2021, four new types of road markings can be legally applied to increase road safety on public roads in Romania.   In Romania, the possibility of creating the simplest and cheapest infrastructure for bicycles opens with a...

  • Danube Cycle Plans - Slovakia is planning massive investments in bicycle transport; European subsidies will help.
    - 17-02-2021
    Slovakia is planning massive investments in bicycle transport; European subsidies will help.

    Slovak Minister of Transport Andrej Dolezal announced that the Slovak National Recovery Plan envisages 600 million euros for the modernization of railway infrastructure, 100 million euros for the support of bicycle transport and 50 million euros...

  • Danube Cycle Plans - Steps towards new 1400 km regional cycle route network in Hungary
    - 15-02-2021
    Steps towards new 1400 km regional cycle route network in Hungary

    In the autumn of 2020, the Hungarian Government devoted 4 billion HUF (more than 11 million EUR) to planning cycle routes through the country. The coordination is assigned to the government commissioner for ‘Active Hungary’, who is responsible...

  • Danube Cycle Plans - Vienna: Bicycle traffic increased by 12% in 2020
    - 09-02-2021
    Vienna: Bicycle traffic increased by 12% in 2020

    Cycling in Vienna increases resilience in times of crisis. Despite lockdown, distance learning, and working from home, Viennese have relied on their pedals more often than ever in the past year. In 2020, bicycle counters recorded more than 9...

  • Danube Cycle Plans - Newsletter No. 1 is now available
    - 08-01-2021
    Newsletter No. 1 is now available

    In this newsletter, you will find several results that were successfully finalized in this period. Although we had limited travel opportunities, we took full advantage of the opportunity to meet through many online conferences and discuss issues...

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