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National Cycling Congress

Thinking Ahead

DRESDEN, 13 and 14 May 2019

Expert forums

Simultaneous interpretation
Panel Discussion
Lightning Talks


Monday, 13. May  
14.30 – 15.45  

Cycle superhighways - acceleration of planning and implementation
How can cycle superhighways be realized faster?
Cycle superhighways make it possible to connect larger areas and thus convince commuters, for example, to switch to cycling. However, it is currently a long way from idea to implementation. In the expert forum, the three implementation phases - analysis, planning and construction - are examined using concrete examples, and, in doing so, it is discussed how the implementation can be accelerated and made more efficient in the future. In addition to the impact on traffic, the significance of environmental, economic and urban policy factors is also taken into account.

Maria T. Wagener
Regional Association Ruhr

RASCH - RAdSCHnellwege: Designing efficient and safe infrastructure for cycle superhighways
Dr. Andreas Keler, Munich University of Technology

Analysis of potentials – High-speed cycling links in the Free State of Saxony
Dr.-Ing. Rico Wittwer, Dresden University of Technology
Jörg Uhlig, PTV Transport Consult GmbH

Planning phase – High-speed cycling link between Mannheim and Heidelberg
Tanith Braun, Karlsruhe Regional Commissioner's Office

Start of construction – High-speed cycling link between Frankfurt and Darmstadt
Manfred Ockel, City of Kelsterbach


14.30 – 15.45  

City logistics – innovations for the last mile
Which role does the cargo bicycle play in tomorrow’s city logistics?
The steady optimization of manufacturing and logistics as well as the significant increase in ecommerce leads to small-scale distribution operations. This may be an attractive service for consumers, but the distribution by conventional means is reaching its limits and, among other things, leads to congestion and emissions. In the expert forum, new solutions regarding various concepts for the last mile are presented in which, for example, electric cargo bicycles in conjunction with micro depots but also digital offerings provide a more efficient and sustainable alternative.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Bogdanski
Nuremberg University of Technology

Cargo cycles and multioptional use of space – city logistics of the future?
Dr. Manuela Bauer, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO)

Logistiktram – Combining the advantages of trams and cargo cycles
Klaus Grund, Sachen auf Rädern
Herbert Riemann, Riemann Produktdesign

SMILE - Smart Last Mile Logistics Hamburg
Carmen Schmidt, Hamburg Logistics Initiative

14.30 – 15.45  

Intermodality - intelligently connected transport
How can bicycle, public transport and private motorized transport be connected efficiently?
Every means of transport has its specific advantages. Public transport permits long journeys and the travel time can be used productively by users. The bicycle has the advantage of offering flexibility and making it possible to bypass congestion, and car sharing makes travelling comfortable for groups of people. Combining means of transport for an ideal journey seems easier in theory than implementing it in practice. At the centre of the expert forum there is the question of how the advantages of every individual means of transport can be used efficiently to create attractive overall services. This includes the intelligent interconnection of all means of transport as well as offering convenient transfer points to make it easier for travellers to use alternatives to private cars.

Tanja Göbler
Hannover region

MOBIpunkt - Intermodal mobility points in Dresden
Julia Keller, Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe AG

What commuters expect – The world’s largest cycle garage
Saskia Kluit, Fietsersbond

Expanding the Munich hire cycle scheme to the urban fringes
Dr. Florian Paul, federal state capital Munich

BiciMAD – Connecting public transport and public bike-sharing systems
Sergio Fernàndez Balaguer, Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid

14.30 – 15.45  

Clean air – the diesel crisis as an opportunity for transforming the urban transport system
What can cities do to help the bicycle reach its full potential as an urban means of transport? 
The EU threshold values for nitrogen oxide are exceeded in some municipalities. As a measure to reduce emissions, diesel driving bans are imposed. Shifting journeys from car to bicycle is also an effective measure which, moreover, does not limit the mobility of the affected persons. Around half of all journeys undertaken by car are less than five kilometres long. A large part of these journeys can be undertaken by bicycle without mobility limitations and without a loss of comfort. If we include pedelecs in the assessment, the range again increases significantly. The forum focuses on the question of why this potential is so far from being fully exploited despite the necessary instruments and measures for promoting cycling being well known, and the question of how the use of the instruments and measures has to develop to enable the transformation of the transport system.  

Burkhard Stork
Chair ADFC

Relief potential of cycling in France
Pierre Toulouse, CEREMA (National Center For Studies and Expertise on Risks, Environment, Mobility, and Urban and Country planning)

Concrete measures for improving urban air and reducing emissions in transport
Markus Lewe, Deutscher Städtetag

Compulsory implementation of concepts for sustainable traffic and urban design
Prof. Dr. Anke Karmann-Woessner City Planning Office

Possibilities and limits of (local) public transport in the transformation the transport system
Andreas Hemmersbach, Association of German Transport Companies 

Mobility as a Service - potentials and limits of new mobility offers
Katja Diehl, Door2Door


Monday, 13. May  
16:45 – 18.00  

System planning - uniform design and quality standards
What does tomorrow’s bicycle-friendly infrastructure look like?
Infrastructure is a reflection of the legal and planning specifications as well as their implementation. In particular when it comes to cycling infrastructure, there are discrepancies between the technical specifications and the road traffic regulations. These manifest in the varying forms cycling infrastructure takes. For road users, this means a non-uniform streetscape. The review of the road traffic regulations with the objective of promoting cycling and the ongoing revisions of the technical regulations offer the opportunity to achieve harmonization. What this might look like and what challenges it will pose, is discussed in this forum. 

Manfred Silvanus
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

StVO – Developing German Road Traffic Regulations in a cycle-friendly manner
Ingo Christian Hartmann, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

StVO and VwV-StVO – secure a legal framework for more cycling
Arne Koerdt, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg

Planning practice of urban road design: experience with the set of rules and perspectives
Prof. Dr. Regine Gerike, Dresden University of Technology

ERA 2022 – New standards – Differentiated Networks
Peter Gwiasda, Planungsbüro VIA eG

16:45 – 18.00  

Cycle tourism - benefitting from the trend 
What are the major trends and growth potentials in cycle tourism?
Cycle tourism is growing dynamically. Many popular holiday regions have understood this and are actively positioning themselves as bicycle friendly. In particular pedelecs and digital route planning give regions the opportunity to attract new target groups and develop new business models. The expert forum discusses which specific expectations the new target groups have and what successful offerings for pleasure cyclists, but also for ambitious cyclists, could look like.   

Iris Hegemann
Deutscher Tourismusverband e.V.

Karls Route - Cross-border tourism development
Uwe Staab, City of Eibenstock

Digital data or analogue signposting – What today’s cycle tourists expect
Thomas Froitzheim, Naviso Outdoornavigation

Trailcenter Rabenberg – Development of Germany’s first single trail park
Sven Röber, Sportpark Rabenberg e.V.

“Biking” instead of “Cycling” – How mountain biking is transforming cycle tourism
Tilman Sobek, absolutGPS

16:45 – 18.00  

Urban development - redistribution of areas and spaces   
How can public spaces be (re)designed in a cycle-friendly and above all speedy manner?
What is needed are concepts that make more efficient use of, evolve and upgrade existing public spaces and that, at the same time, take due account of the subjects of land take and design. Because urban and transport planners are increasingly forced to react to the mobility transformation and to participate in shaping it by assigning spaces to cyclists and pedestrians more quickly. The focus of the forum is on new methods for an urban development that reflect today’s circumstances. Using international examples, it is discussed what that means for future cycling projects in municipalities and how these can be implemented for existing structures. 

Prof. Dr. Anke Karmann-Woessner
Karlsruhe City Planning Office

What do people need to feel comfortable in cities?
Dr. Elisabeth Oberzaucher, Vienna University

From cycle-only road to cycling zone – Germany’s first bicycle neighbourhood
Michael Glotz-Richter, Free and Hanseatic City of Bremen

Houten (NL) – Car-free model city
Herbert Tiemens, Utrecht province

16:45 – 18.00  

Road safety - recognizing and preventing dangers
How is it possible to make cycling user friendly and, above all, safe?
To make sure that more cycling does not increase the number of accidents and conflicts, action is needed. This expert forum examines the question of how a cyclist’s risk of falling victim to a road accident can be minimized and the sense of safety increased. Here, the focus is on assessing the risks cyclists are exposed to in mixed traffic and during overtaking manoeuvres, on the impact of near accidents on behaviour as well as the potential of junctions at which cyclists are allowed to turn despite a red traffic light.  

Rudolf Bergen
Deutscher Verkehrssicherheitsrat e.V.

Acceptance and safety of cyclists in mixed traffic
Dr. Hagen Schüller, PTV Transport Consult GmbH

Is it safe for cyclists not to stop at red traffic lights?
Pierre Toulouse, French Ministry of Transport

The near miss project - Quantifying cyclist comfort and safety
Dr. Rachel Aldred, University of Westminster

The Radmesser project – Making distances in everyday traffic measurable
Dr. Michael Gegg, Tagesspiegel Innovation Lab
Hendrik Lehmann, Tagesspiegel Innovation Lab

Tuesday, 14. May  
9:00 – 10:30  

Subjective safety - perception and effect of infrastructure 
How does infrastructure influence safety and road user behaviour?
The planning of cycling infrastructure is based on objective safety parameters. Safe infrastructure is good infrastructure, irrespective of subjective user preferences. Nevertheless, “perceived safety” in road traffic plays a critical role. This is because many people do not feel safe between parked motor vehicles and moving motor vehicle traffic, and some of them therefore do not even get on a bicycle. Thus a differentiated examination of subjective and objective safety is required. Based on concrete examples such as “protected cycle lanes”, it is being discussed in the expert forum what safe alternatives - which cyclists can feel safe travelling on - could look like in the future.  

Karola Lambeck
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Usability and safety of marked cycling infrastructure
Jörg Ortlepp, Unfallforschung der Versicherer

Comfortable cycling networks
Thiemo Graf, i.n.s. – Institut für innovative Städte

Coding interactions on street segments with unprotected bicycle lanes
Cat Silva, Munich University of Technology (mobil.LAB)

First results of the “Protected Bike Lane” pilot project on Holzmarktstraße
Horst Wohlfarth von Alm, Berlin Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection

Cycling infrastructure – a critical consideration of spatial and physical separation
Burkhard Horn, Freelance consultant

9:00 – 10:30  

Bike sharing - growth market with potential for conflict 
Despite the conflict over the use of land, vandalism and data protection concerns: how can a successful cooperation between municipalities, operators and civil society be achieved? 
For municipalities, bike sharing is a major building block for the first and last-mile connection to public transport. But also for other “one-way journeys” and in the tourism sector, bike sharing allows for great flexibility. The expert forum shows what kind of potential station-based and station-less services for sustainable urban traffic can offer. At the same time, it is discussed which requirements municipalities should impose on the operators to prevent conflicts over the use of land and vandalism. Here, special attention is paid to the regulatory options a municipality has.   

Alexander Jung
Agora Verkehrswende

Regulatory options from the point of view of municipalities
Christian Leitow, City of Cologne

Potential of free-floating cycle hire schemes – also for small municipalities
Beate Overbeck, Mobike Germany

StadtRAD Hamburg – Results of an online survey and a look into the future
Olaf Böhm, Departmental Authority for Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Exploring the Potential: Free Cargo-Bikesharing and new players
Dr. Sophia Becker, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V.
Florian Egermann, wielebenwir e.V.

9:00 – 10:30  

Smart cycling - the bicycle in the digital city   
What is the potential of new technologies and digital applications for cycling? 
An advanced, networked city has the potential to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants through innovative information technology and the use of sensors. Thus, mobility can be made more efficient, resource-conserving and, above all, safer. From artificial intelligence to GPS traffic data collection to innovative cover layers, this forum presents diverse innovations in cycling which promise great potential for future transport planning and can play an important role for tomorrow’s mobility.     

Dr. Christian Schlosser
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

Smart Velomobility – Why cycling matters for smart cities
Dr. Frauke Behrendt, Brighton University

Movebis – Promoting cycling for needs-oriented cycling planning
Sven Lißner, Dresden University of Technology

Bike Citizens Analytics – The GPS data analysis tool for bicycle traffic planning
Daniel Kofler, Bike Citizens Mobile Solutions GmbH

FixMyCity – Public platform for the condition and planning of cycling infrastructure
Heiko Rintelen, FixMyCity

Developing an autonomous e-bike
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Stephan Schmidt, Magdeburg University

Solmove – Germany’s first solar cycle track
Donald Müller-Judex, Solmove GmbH

9:00 – 10:30  

Facts & figures – figures, data and facts on cycling 
What’s the status of cycling today and how can measures be assessed? 
Valid data serve as the foundation for successful decision-making. From the national cycling development key data to the actual costs of different means of transport to the economic benefit of cycling: figures, data and facts provide the decisive evidence of the effect cycling measures have. Up-to-date results in this regard are presented in the expert forum. Moreover, the question of how cycling measures can be successfully evaluated is examined.  

Dr. Michael Krail
Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (ISI)

Knowing what works – Successful evaluation in cycling
Julia Gerlach, Dresden University of Technology

Costs of urban transport – What are the real costs of different means of transport?
Prof. Dr. Carsten Sommer, Kassel University

Where do we cycle? Cycling in Germany
Robert Follmer, infas Institute for Applied Social Sciences
Dr. Claudia Nobis, German Aerospace Centre

Health impact assessment of cycling for transport
Nathalie Mueller, ISGlobal - Barcelona Institute for Global Health

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