Seestadt Aspern

    Key points of the project

    Status internal test mode
    Objective Test for an implementation of a bikes sharing system in the new district aspern, Vienna's urban lakeside
    Project start 2012
    Stations 2 test stations 
    Operator Wien 3420 Aspern Development AG
    System Software: Back office software
    Docking station: eCOMPACTTerminal:
    ALL-IN-ONE
    Users currently the employees of Wien 3420 Aspern Development AG and their business partner
    Sector Building project organisers
    Link www.aspern-seestadt.at

    Objective

    Aspern, Vienna's Urban Lakeside, is one of the most ambitious urban development projects in Austria. Over an area of 240 ha, a multifunctional urban area is being created, with more than 20,000 workplaces, extensive public spaces and green areas. The cornerstones of the concept are, in addition to the quality of the public space, usage mix/openness, conservation of resources, quality monitoring and participation/self-determination, the way in which it will  strengthen environmentally-friendly mobility.

    Context

    Aspern, Vienna's Urban Lakeside, is regarded as innovative and clever, thereby underlining the image of Vienna as a city with a high quality of life. This is particularly relevant for Vienna as an economic location, as companies that have to compete for the best minds find it much easier to attract staff given an appropriate educational and  living environment. Mobility and quality of location are particular aspects that are taken into consideration here, especially  as part of the CENTROPE region and with regard to how Vienna is perceived internationally.

    Short description

    Aspern, Vienna's Urban Lakeside, is blazing an entirely new trail – particularly when it comes to funding. Indeed, the mobility fund has been financed from the car parking spaces. The calculation below shows how the mobility fund is endowed. This can be a trend-setting concept for building project organisers. Part of the costs that Aspern, Vienna's Urban Lakeside, has saved on creating car parking spaces, due to the statutory regulations, has been allocated to the mobility fund. Currently, one bike sharing system with two stations is in test mode. It is checked if a bike sharing system is provided to the residents of the Aspern, Vienna's Urban Lakeside in future.

    Special features

    Promoting cycling
    Cycling will benefit additionally from generously-proportioned, secure bike parking spaces, intermodal interfaces and a privileged network of cycle ways. Giving cycling preferential treatment and expanding the cycling infrastructure is not driven purely by ecological considerations, but also based on sound economic grounds. Investment in cycling and in bike-sharing schemes is around ten times more cost-effective than the equivalent investment in rail transport.

    Long-Term Planning
    A frequent error involves drawing up a plan that focuses too much on the short-term – this is particularly common in the field of e-mobility. In the case of Aspern, Vienna's Urban Lakeside, the project plan is long-term.