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Remote Control Metropolis

Remote Control Metropolis

Vienna gets kudos for urban planning, passive and affordable housing, and trash disposal. The preferred nomenclature is “Smart City”. But nothing makes a slightly geeky Wien-dweller feel smarter than having the answer to everyday hurdles right on her phone. Plenty of tokens of the touchscreen are dedicated to local everyday needs and desires. With GPS […]

Mentoring Cycling’s Future

Mentoring Cycling’s Future

For the first time in nine years, Austrian Bernhard Eisel was not amongst the 198 cyclists at the start of the Tour de France, as he had expected. A member of the British “Team Sky”, he was “really disappointed”. But on the bright side – and with him there always seems to be a bright […]

New green bike lanes

New green bike lanes

Thanks to the Greens, Vienna’s bike lanes are getting a new paint job, to enhance visibility and improve safety, according to the city’s Transportation Ministry. The pilot starts with test routes at the intersection Bellariastraße /Dr.-Karl-Renner-Ring and on the Gürtel parallel to Westbahnhof, each between 10 and 30 metres long. Vice Mayor Maria Vassilakou (Green […]

Cycle City Vienna: Planning and Paving the Way

Cycle City Vienna: Planning and Paving the Way

  “We want to make our city a better place to live in and bikes can play a key role,” says Alec Hager of the Vienna Cycle Lobby. Green in an era of smog and climate change, healthy in an era of obesity, and economic in an age of austerity, a vibrant cycling culture can […]

Two Russians Cycle the World

Two Russians Cycle the World

Circumnavigating the world is hard work however you do it, let alone on a bicycle. But for two Russian cyclists in Vienna last month en route on a 21,000-kilometre tour of the globe, it was the mission that kept them going. Alen Khairullin, 26, and Pavel Grachyov, 47, pedaled off in November last year from […]

StilRad°°: Design for the Urbane Bicyclist

StilRad°°: Design for the Urbane Bicyclist

Nestled behind Judenplatz where Jordangasse and Schultergasse cross, the new StilRad°°/Eva Blut boutique feels like an insider’s secret. Run in partnership by Paul Rasper and Eva Buchleitner, the shop’s witty, minimalist promos personify the bicycles hanging in the windows alongside Eva Blut’s bags and accessories: These are “bicycles who know where to find the best […]

Militant Cyclists and Tree Murder

Militant Cyclists and Tree Murder

In response to 1st District Coucil President Ursula Stenzel’s ÖVP appeal protesting “tree murder” and the annihilation of parking spaces on the Ringstraße to make way for a “luxury bicycle path”. (Der Standard, 20 Aug. 2012) Dear Ms. Stenzel, First of all, just like you, I ride a bike, and I know all the advantages […]

365 The Fox House: Seedling Storefront

If you are in the arts scene, or you consider yourself a cultural revolutionary in Vienna, then you were at The Fox House opening on 1 March, the first night that qualified as Spring after two months of bitter cold. You were dressed to the nines and soaking up all that is stylish and inventive. […]

Biking in the City

Messing About on Bikes  Treating the city as a bicycle adventure playground has, alas, become more difficult, thanks to the police’s Schwerpunktaktion Radfahrer (“target-campaign: cyclists”), known as Aktion Scharf (“operation tough”, seriously). The campaign focuses on the inner city and the districts around the Ring, as well as the 19th to 22nd Districts, and the entire Donauinsel. […]

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