Cycling will be a university subject: Today, Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer presented seven institutions of higher education with their “future cheques” to fund endowed chairs on cycling. The actual objective is to embed cycling in research and teaching – from infrastructure planning through mobility management to cycling-friendly legislation.
Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer:
We are gearing up to support cyclists! From the very beginning, cycling must be placed on an equal footing with other means of transport – be it in lawmaking, in transport planning or in innovation research. This is why we are now promoting cycling as a subject that can be studied at university. We are providing cyclists with allies who, in the future, can apply their know-how in a focused manner on the ground and in the cities, towns and local communities. We are thus empowering cyclists and making it even more attractive to switch to cycling.
With a volume of 8.3 million euros, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is funding, for the first time, endowed chairs on cycling. 33 institutions of higher education have expressed their interest - specialised master’s programmes will now be accredited at seven of them. The procedures to establish the chairs will be launched before the end of this year.
The following institutions will receive funding:
- Bergische Universität Wuppertal
- Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
- Hochschule Technik und Wirtschaft Karlsruhe
- Hochschule RheinMain Wiesbaden
- Ostfalia Hochschule Wolfenbüttel
- Technische Hochschule Wildau
- University of Kassel
You can find more details on the universities’ research projects here: www.bmvi.de/Stiftungsprofessuren-Radverkehr (in German)
With the endowed chairs, we are integrating and strengthening interdisciplinary research and teaching on cycling traffic and sustainable mobility. The newly established chairs will conduct research and provide training on key aspects of cycling, such as transport planning, road safety, pedestrian traffic or logistics. They will also be used to trial new technologies and work on tomorrow’s mobility through strong cooperative net-works. In this way, we are building up urgently needed expertise for the future.
The National Cycling Plan (NRVP)
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is launching the funding of the “Endowed chairs on cycling” within the framework of the 2020 National Cycling Plan (NCP). The NCP identifies concrete measures for federal, federal state and local authorities – in accordance with their responsibilities – to boost cycling: from road safety through infrastructure, electric mobility and cycle tourism to connectivity with other means of transport. With the endowed chairs, we want to exploit synergies to effectively implement the National Cycling Plan. The aim is to better link up the various disciplines.
Broader range of funding possibilities for cycling provided by BMVI
- New funding guidelines for innovative projects to improve cycling – a total of 125 million euros in the period from 2020 to 2023 to fund model investment projects.
- Future special programme “Cities and Rural Areas” – financial assistance of up to 657 million euros for the period from 2020 to 2023 for, among other things, measures to build new and modify or upgrade existing infrastructure to provide nationwide and safe cycling networks that are physically separated from traffic where possible, cycle-only roads and protected cycle tracks. A seamless, safe and easy to grasp infra-structure is a basic prerequisite for increasing bicycle use.