From Andreas Lindinger and Darren Davis*, at:

The city of Vienna has just adopted its latest 10-year city development plan, known as STEP 2025. Key from a transport point of view is the goal to reduce the already very low proportion of 27 percent of all trips by car down to just 20 percent by 2025 as a part of a comprehensive plan to further increase Vienna’s already well-admired high degree of liveability …


By comparison, here are the City of Vancouver’s goals:


Back to Vienna:

The risk here is that even if Vienna succeeds in meeting its mode share targets, the freed up capacity on the higher-order road network will simply be taken up by more commuters from suburban areas. This means that agreed metropolitan-wide solutions are required to ensure that the transport problems of suburban areas are not simply transferred into Vienna, making their problems an issue for Vienna to resolve. …
Cycling is an area that remains a challenge for Vienna. Currently cycling mode share sits at six per cent with the aim to double this by 2015. However, this mode share is well below that achieved by many other European cities. …
While there may be challenges for cycling, the same cannot be said for public transit which achieves one of the highest mode shares for a city in the developed world with 39% of all trip-making on public transit. As with other modes, the sheer force of resurgent population growth, partly fuelled by strong immigration and the sheer attractiveness of Vienna’s high quality of life, is putting pressure on the system. …


Just a few excerpts.  Much more here, along with a good slide show.

* Darren and Andreas will also be participating in the SFU City Program’s course – Next Generation Transportation.  Details here.


  1. It seems to me…:
    Costs of driving have to continually rise, and costs of transit have to continually fall if we want to see a continued modal shift.
    We should not expect people will stuff themselves into crowed buses when there are empty, free roads and cheap gas.
    I have little faith in the method of using moral suasion, or advocating lifestyles, to change behavior. We should talk economics to commuters: that means ending “road socialism”.
    Congestion is the predictable result of allocating a scarce resource (mobility) with no market (price) mechanism. People are effectively queuing for a “free lunch”. Commuters who value their time least get the resource, not necessarily those who value the resource most.

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