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Bypad Beradelung Wolfurt, Bypad cycling in Wolfurt, © EIV

The municipalities Bregenz, Hard, Kennelbach, Lauterach, Wolfurt and Schwarzach, all situated in the lower Rhine Valley, develop and implement together sustainable and enviromentally friendly mobility programms. Together they planned and implemented various measures for kindergartens, schools, companies and the individual leisure time of the citizens. The people of Bregenz, Hard, Kennelbach, Lauterach, Wolfurt and Schwarzach are ecologically sensitive and healthy on their ways.

I Description of the measure

Sternfahrt Bregenz-Lauterach, Rally Bregenz-Lauterach, © EIV

Title in original language: plan b: andere Wege von a nach b

Location of CNA: Austria

Municipality / regional entity: Vorarlberg

Category of the experience: Action plan
Type(s) of CNA:

Principal nomination: Other type : campaign for mobility management
Secondary nomination(s): Educational

Thematic field(s):

Principal field: Transport
Secondary field(s): Land use, Industry & services

Spatial scale: Regional (small scale)
Time & duration:

Start date: 2004 
Duration: ongoing

Key word(s): awaerness raising, communal mobility management, cycling


One of the main goals is to decrease the traffic volume of the region. Furthermore the sustainable way of traffic should improve the quality of life in the whole region. Moreover one goal is to improve the infrastructure for cycling (construction of new special bike-crossings and a new cycle bridge). Another main goal is to raise the awareness of the people regarding the impacts of daily traffic on carbon-emission and pollution.


Through plan-b mobility management was connected with many other sectors, like healthcare, traffic safety, local amenities, etc. To achieve the goals most of the actions set by plan-b are connected between these sectors and especially between the local authority, local companies, schools, kindergartens. Some examples for crossregional/crosssectoral action realized by plan-b: Kids in public transport, schoolwalker, construction of new cycling infrastructure (bike-crossing L3, cycle bridge Hard-Bregenz.


Inquiries about the traffic behavior have shown that bicycles are used for 21 %(average of Vorarlberg 15%) of the daily traffic. Two main infrastructure buildings were built in the region. To improve and encourage cycle traffic has become an important topic for the local politics. Furthermore the plan-b communities are able to save about 850 tons of carbon as a result of their actions towards sustainable traffic behavior. Moreover the plan-b projects show that cooperation of many communities, political parties and people of all ages is possible.

II Assessment criteria

Mitigation effects: High

As a result of actions towards sustainable and enviromentally friendly traffic behavior the plan-b communities were able to reduce their carbon emissions (about 850 tons of carbon per year).

Impacts on adaptation: Neutral


Impacts on environment:

- Landscape: Neutral
- Alpine ecosystems / biodiversity: Neutral
- Water / soil / air: Positive
- "Other": None

The air pollution and carbon emission of the traffic in the region could be siginificantly decreased.

Impacts on society:

- Social justice: Positive
- Regional / cultural identity: Positive
- "Other": None

Tho cooperation between the plan-b communities has been improved and the good network between them has encouraged many other cooperations and projects between these communities. Bregenz has been rated as the most cycling friendly city in Austria, which improved the identification of the people with their region as very bicycle friendly significantly.

Impacts on economy:

- Employment / job creation: Positive
- Added value / income: Positive
- Know how / competitiveness: Positive
- "Other": None

High investments in the construction of new infrastructure were given to local companies and saved/created some jobs. The know-how of the local authority in cycle-traffic-management has grown significantly.

Public relations impact and awareness-raising: High

The rating of Bregenz as most cycling friendly city in Austria and receiving two VCÖ-mobility-prices have increased the awareness of the people towards sustainability and alternative mobility in a positive way. Moreover plan-b has shown to the general public what can be achieved on communal scale towards carbon redution.

Transferability: Very high

The transfer potential of the plan-b projects is very high, but some basics are necessary: financing of the project management, a cross regional network, the willingness to financing.

Cross sectoral and integrative approach: High

communal politics - Infrastructure/ spatial planning - public relations - health care - education

Good governance: Medium

The goals and measures were developed by communal, crossregional committees, and most actions were carried out by the local authorities. Some actions like a bicycle party ("Fahrradfest") were organized and in cooperation with sport/ cultural clubs and others like "schoolwalker" in cooperation with schools and kindergartens.

III Executive body and contact information

Executive body: Administration, Other private bodies

Administration: Amt des Landes Vorarlberg, communities other private bodies; Mprove Büro

Contact person(s):

Name: Gerhard Schmid
Institution: Mprove
Address: Kalchern 652, AT-6866 Andelsbuch
Phone: +43 5512 2398v
Email: [email protected]

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