|"fair cyclists" flyer -- to read the back click here (in German)|
It is obviously a flyer dedicated to cyclists. A lovely and really positive sketch in the front, certainly. A not so promising text on the back. It starts with "Already cycled fair today?", and tells us about some major problems of the Donaukanal bike path: it's crowded and there are a lot of conflicts between cyclists, pedestrians and playing children. It aims to educate people to ride slowly and carefully.
Why, you ask, is this necessary? Isn't it a bike path? No, it isn't. It's one of these horrible constructions that are typical for Vienna -- a combined foot and bike path with no separation of foot and bike traffic at all. No separation, because in most places it's also way too narrow. All this is pretty bad on a nice day, because it gets really crowed -- with cyclists, pedestrians, playing children, joggers, dogs, pub crawlers etc. Unfortunately, though, this is a major connection for cyclists traveling from North to South. It's used in many different ways. There are people cycling to work, road cyclists, recreational seekers, and even bike tourists. And it is a foot path and a playground. It's like cycling through a busy park (generally not allowed in Vienna). Well, have a guess. This just cannot work out.
What does the city do? Hand out flyers to cyclists and tell them to slow down. Fair enough, but that's obvious. It would be much fairer, if they -- in addition -- say something like "Ok, we know this design needs improvement, but bear with us. We are going to rebuild this stretch to create a real fast bike connection and comfy recreational area for your convenience. Simply because we appreciate you cyclists/pedestrians/joggers/children and want to provide you an adequate infrastructure. No more, no less."
PS: It would be great if the city wouldn't just bother about the Donaukanal bike path in the summer, but also clear it properly in the winter (really, snow and ice isn't so much fun to cycle on). Cheers!