How does traffic flow in Europe? Are there solutions for sustainable mobility?
With the 83` Opel, owned by our member “ACV” we set out to answer these questions.
First stop is Vienna.
How is the situation on site?
Vienna is the home of our member club ARBÖ and is considered as example for intelligent mobility solutions in Europe. But even there are problems with the implementation of the transport turnaround.
On the one hand, the city wants to grow sustainably and secure the high standard of living, on the other hand, reduce car traffic. One of the most radical measures: City of Vienna introduced a uniform parking
management with a fee required residents' parking ticket, called “pickerl”.
The result: more people are forced to switch to the public transport.
According to the administration, this will avoid up to 8,000 car journeys
per working day and reduce the number of parking violations.
Positive side effect: the public transport system moves faster.
Political issue: CONSTRUCTION OF THE BYPASS STALLS
Nevertheless, the city needs new roads. The challenging project is the completion of the Vienna northeastern bypass,
including a new city road and a new suburban railway line. The bypass is intended to divert through traffic past
the city and provide better access to the new Seestadt district, which has been planned for many years.
One of the proponents is Mag. Josef Taucher, Josef Taucher, chairman of the
SPÖ Club in The Vienna City Council and the Vienna Provincial Parliament.
We meet him in the imposing Vienna City Hall in the 1st district of Vienna.
For the politician, the construction of the Vienna north-east bypass is indispensable:
"This is an important mobility artery that covers people's basic need for mobility,
an important infrastructure measure, not just a car traffic measure. For a good life
there will still be a need for roads in the future”.
But there`s a snag: The federal government, above all the federal minister, have obstructed the process, complains Taucher.
This refers to Green Party Transportation Minister Leonore Gewessler, a prominent supporter of the counter-movement. Gewessler announced a review of all road construction projects in the state.
Result: the road project will not be pursued, as Gewessler announced in December 2021, and has been on hold since then.
For the actual cancellation of the Lobautunnel project, Gewessler still needs a signature from Finance Minister Magnus Brunner (ÖVP), that she has not yet received.
Our member club “ARBÖ” demands the reversal of the decision to prevent residents from daily traffic jams gridlock on the streets of the residential areas north of the Danube.
Vienna in numbers
The two-horse carriages, called "fiakers", are an integral part of the Vienna.
While more than 1,000 fiakers were on the road in Vienna at the end of the
19th century, nowadays, the Viennese use different means of transport:
Inhabitants: 1,9 Mio
Passenger cars: 725,100
Cycle Paths: 1660 km
Public charging points: 2524
In 2021, 725,100 passenger cars were registered in Vienna. At the beginning of 2022, around 1.9 million people lived in Vienna. As Vienna's population increased, the capital's level of motorisation decreased (Quelle: Statista 2022).
The Viennese are increasingly using public transport in addition to their cars. In addition, the network of cycle paths and underground lines is growing. Actually, 1660km of cycle paths lead through the city.
11591 Battery electric vehicles (BEV) drive in the federal state of Vienna, there are 2524 public charging points
On the road in Vienna with the 83` Opel
The implementation of the project is being held up due to a political conflict and is meanwhile the most controversial road construction project in the country. The political issue is the construction of a tunnel under the lobau, a Vienna floodplain on the northern side of the Danube, an ecologically highly sensitive area. Proponents of the tunnel see its construction as an unavoidable investment in the city's infrastructure, closing thelast gap in the motorway ring around Vienna and reducing traffic jams. Opponents want to prevent the destruction of nature.