May 10, 2014

Kick-off in Waldviertel/Wachau makes a big splash

To get SmartMove under way in the Danube valley region northwest of Vienna, project partner BOKU engaged local municipalities and regional organisations, paving the way for the broad dissemination of results.

SmartMove partner the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, introduced the project to local stakeholders in early summer. The target area was defined by three main bus lines on opposite banks of the Danube River. Residents served by these lines, in the southern part of Waldviertel/Wachau, will be targeted in the project’s active mobility campaign (AMC).

All three bus lines have timetables, ensuring a basic public transport service for users and potential users. The lines link the local hubs of Ybbs, Melk and Krems with railway stations connected to the regional centres Linz, St. Pölten and Vienna.

These main lines are served by feeder systems that include demand-responsive shuttles to the village of Maria Laach am Jauerling; fixed-route bus lines to Spitzer Graben; bike-and-ride facilities, park-and-ride facilities, bike sharing, e-bike rentals, ferry shuttles, and a combined bike/bus service. As part of the project strategy, feeder systems will be promoted in the AMC campaigns, as well.

The region has a history of engagement in sustainable transport initiatives and can be expected to support SmartMove. The Wachau Cultural Landscape is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, giving added motivation for the promotion of sustainable mobility.

Representatives of the SmartMove project plan to present the project this autumn at a European Mobility Week event and at meetings of mayors involved in the Ecoregion of Southern Waldviertal (Ökoregion Südliches Waldviertel) and the Wachau Working Group (Arbeitskreis Wachau). This will help to promote the project to residents, foster cooperation with local municipalities, and pave the way for coordinated activities between SmartMove and other initiatives and events. In the longer term, it will ensure that project activities and outcomes are widely disseminated by media throughout this part of Austria.