Graz (AT)

Graz is, after Vienna, the second-largest Austrian city with a population of approximately 265.000. It is situated on the river Mur in the southeast of Austria in the region of Styria and quite close to the Slovenian and Hungarian border.

The "Old Town" of Graz is one of the best-preserved city centres in Central Europe. Therefore, it was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. Graz has committed itself to implementing soft mobility modes for a long time. A city wide speed limit of 30 km/h was already introduced in 1992. This is one of the best and most effective measures to promote bicycle traffic. Additional measures like an extensive pedestrian zone, a continually extended parking policy and a public transport fleet that runs entirely on sustainable fuel underline this commitment towards soft mobility.

THE ACTIVITIES

FGM-AMOR Graz, Austria is one of Europe’s leading companies in the field of mobility research and communication. The company has vast experience in designing communication and dissemination activities for European projects (see website for more information: www.fgm.at).

FGM-AMOR has long lasting experience in carrying out cycling projects. The company developed together with two European partners a quality management method for cycling policies. (BYPAD, Bicycle Policy Audit). BYPAD is in more than 100 European cities and regions implemented. Experiences from BYPAD will be integrated and used for BICY.

FGM-AMOR is now also involved in two research projects involving cycle logistics and intermodality. ÖKO-LOG studies how to make the delivery chain from the producer (farmer) to the consumer (restaurants and organic food stores) more eco-friendly and sustainable by using a combination of cargo bikes and public transport (trains).

FGM-AMOR was co-ordinator of the previous cyclelogistics project and therefore brings a lot of input and expertise for the follower project Cyclelogistics Ahead. FGM-AMOR is the co-ordinator of Cyclelogistics and also the leader of WP5 Monitoring & Evaluation.

With regard to the implementations FGM-AMOR will mainly focus on setting up a home delivery service in connection with the big supermarket chain SPAR. This service will utilize electric bicycles and trailers or cargo bikes to deliver shopping to the homes of customers. A pilot like this is already under way in Salzburg and this will now be extended and improved in Graz and possibly other Austrian cities.

Furthermore, the possibility of installing locker systems at supermarkets as depots for packages and mail will be studied. Such “pack stations” are an ideal solution to help prevent multiple delivery attempts when nobody is home to receive the delivery. The installation of such stations at supermarkets could be advantageous for the supermarket and the customer.

Another focus will be awareness raising activities to make end-users aware of their market-shaping posers and their ability to call for more political action and positive involvement of the logistics sector. For this a logo will be created, in analogy to the fair-trade-logo that states that a delivery has been accomplished by near zero emission urban logistics.

FGM-AMOR will also support start-up activities for cycle logistics companies within Austria. For more information please contact: wrighton@fgm.at