The cantons must ensure that plans for cycle path networks for everyday and leisure use are drawn up and that these are periodically reviewed and adapted. Existing and planned cycle path networks must be transferred to the plans.
Everyday bikeway networks provide access to residential areas, workplaces, schools, public transportation, shopping stores, and other facilities of public interest.
Recreational bikeway networks include appropriately connected roads, bike paths, trails, and signalized bike and mountain bike routes and similar infrastructure, and provide access to beautiful landscapes, points of interest, public transit stops, and tourism-related infrastructure.
Cycle route networks also include corresponding infrastructure. This includes, for example, parking facilities, information platforms or possibly even washing stations and the like.
The cycle path networks must:
… be coherent and continuous and include the important places (see above)
… have an appropriate density and direct routing
… be as safe as possible and as separate as possible from motorized traffic and pedestrian traffic
… be homogeneously developed
… be attractive and (especially in the case of leisure networks) have a high recreational quality
… be maintained
… be replaced if necessary (replacement in the event of removal).
Mountain biking is explicitly mentioned in the text of the law. Thus, cantons are obliged to ensure that there are attractive and high-quality, coherent, continuous, sufficient, safe and homogeneously developed mountain bike infrastructures.
A balancing of interests applies to the planning principles. For mountain bike infrastructures, “direct connections” and “high recreational quality” are often mutually exclusive. Likewise, it will hardly make sense to completely separate pedestrian traffic and mountain bike infrastructure.
The cantons must ensure that plans for cycle path networks for everyday use and leisure are drawn up in a manner that is binding on the authorities and that these plans are periodically reviewed and adapted. Existing and planned cycle path networks must be transferred to the plans.
– Cantons must establish a procedure for creating and amending these plans and define the other legal effects
– They can delegate this work to the municipalities
– Plans are to be drawn up with public participation
Cantons are required to plan a network of cycle paths in a manner that is binding on the authorities within five years of entry into force and to implement this network no later than 20 years after entry into force.
If different authorities are responsible for cycle paths, they must coordinate their work and coordinate it with other spatially effective tasks across authorities.
Cantons should designate a specialized office for bikeways. This can also be outsourced to private offices or associations. Cantons can also designate municipalities, which must designate their own specialized agencies.
Some cantons already comply with all or most of the requirements of the Veloweggesetz. Other cantons are now faced with the task of devoting more time and resources to the topic of cycling (and mountain biking). The cantons of Aargau and Lucerne have already reacted and created corresponding positions.
We believe that slow traffic, cycling and mountain biking are very much a cross-sectional issue. The question of which cantonal authority should formally deal with this topic is not easy to answer. Some things speak for the spatial planning, others for the forestry authority and again others for the civil engineering office. The topic even concerns the promotion of the economy and the location.
The law prescribes some things, but also leaves room for balancing interests in the implementation.
Now the cantons must take action. The law is expected to come into force in 2023 – and then the clock is ticking. There are 5 years left to define responsibilities and processes and to plan the cycle path networks.
At Bikeplan we have almost 10 years of experience with the development of mountain bike and velo infrastructures on different levels. We work conceptually, but are also active in the implementation.
We already manage the mountain biking We develop the technical bases in the mandate, take care of the regional concerns and present decision bases.
With our master plans, we lead a process that develops bike- and veto-specific development strategies regionally to cantonally on the basis of an evidence-based inventory analysis and participatory needs assessment. In the process, we also help to clarify and define responsibilities and interfaces between offices and with the outside world.
It’s our longest project and it’s very close to our hearts. From the outset, Bikeplan has been convinced of the potential of mountain biking to develop tourism in the Valais. After several years’ work, the first new-generation regional mountain bike route is finally ready in the Valais. Here’s the story behind the creation of this route.
Kevin is a long-time employee and currently a member of the management team. He is not only a business economist and regional developer, but also a passionate mountain biker, hobby barista and very well connected in the mountain bike community. He loves to inspire change and thus discover new potential. “I’m super excited to create the spaces for this great team of enthusiastic people to take mountain biking further and contribute to sustainable development,” says Kevin regarding his new role.
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