City of Münster – An Innovative Cycling Network 2.0

15 June 2020

The share of bicycle traffic is already very high in Münster in relation to other cities in Germany however, the City of Münster wants to elevate their cycling program to an even higher level. In order to achieve a high 60% cycle mode share (achieved e.g. in Groningen, NL), the city is planning on making significant changes to its cycle infrastructure as well as behavioural measures. Changes include network improvements and good connections to public transport (Bike+Ride) and commuter parking as well as education, events, advertising. Intelligent solutions for better traffic flow at junctions and route information are also necessary. Our team used the theoretical framework of “Dare – Able – Invited to Cycle” approach, developed by Goudappel on the basis of the Customer wish pyramid of the Dutch Railways (NS).

The City of Münster (Germany) is calling for a multimodal approach in which the modes of transport of walking, cycling, public transport and cars reinforce and complement each other. Where space is limited, clear decisions must be taken. This is only possible by thinking from the "objectives" or "interests of the urban society" and by coordinating the networks. Cycling is part of the overall transport system and a means of achieving many goals: Cycling has positive effects on health, reduces noise and pollutant emissions (positive environmental effects), leads to an improvement in the participation of non-motorised people in urban life as well as to a general improvement in the quality of life. Cycling thus makes a significant contribution to the urban development model, which aims to create a liveable city. Utilizing our Dutch strategy and planning tradition, we offer in a cooperation with the German company TRC, a holistic approach to take cycling to the next level.

Client: City of Münster
Year: 2020