Graz

Graz is, after Vienna, the second-largest Austrian city with a population of approximately 265.000. It is situated on the river Mur in the southeast of Austria in the region of Styria and quite close to the Slovenian and Hungarian border.

The "Old Town" of Graz is one of the best-preserved city centres in Central Europe. Therefore, it was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. Graz has committed itself to implementing soft mobility modes for a long time. A city wide speed limit of 30 km/h was already introduced in 1992. This is one of the best and most effective measures to promote bicycle traffic. Additional measures like an extensive pedestrian zone, a continually extended parking policy and a public transport fleet that runs entirely on sustainable fuel underline this commitment towards soft mobility.

 

 

THE ACTIVITIES

FGM-AMOR Graz, Austria is one of Europe’s leading companies in the field of mobility research and communication. The company has vast experience in designing communication and dissemination activities for European projects (see website for more information: www.fgm.at).

 

FGM-AMOR is co-ordinator and host of the biggest European web portal on sustainable transport www.eltis.org and can therefore offer a lot of synergies for the cyclelogistics project.

 

FGM-AMOR has long lasting experience in carrying out cycling projects. The company developed together with two European partners a quality management method for cycling policies. (BYPAD, Bicycle Policy Audit). BYPAD is in more than 100 European cities and regions implemented. Experiences from BYPAD will be integrated and used for BICY.

 

FGM-AMOR is the coordinator of the cyclelogistics project and is also responsible for WP5 quality management and Evaluation.

 

In addition 2 Focus Group Seminars have been carried out in Graz with stakeholders from the logistic sector, bicycle couriers, chamber of commerce, city officials, small businesses, supermarket chains, NGOs and other groups relevant to promote the transport of goods by bicycle by the municipality, private businesses and private individuals. During the course of the cyclelogistics project FGM-AMOR organises a “Living Laboratory” – where companies, municipal services and service providers are offered the chance to try out 7 different types of cargo bikes free of charge and test their suitability for their specific requirements and business needs.If you are interested please contact: scheid@fgm.at

The city of Graz also funds the purchase of cargo bicyles up to a maximum of € 1.000 or up to 50% of the purchasing costs. To download the necessary documents click here

A similar test campaign: “Bike & Buy” has started for private logistics and evaluates the experiences of about 400 test users doing their shopping and transport of goods by bicycle for one to two months, in 2012 and 2013. In addition, supermarket chains have been encouraged to improve conditions for customers doing their shopping by bike and to provide them with incentives to do so. For more information please contact: wrighton@fgm.at