Vienna featured in the Top 20 in 2011 and then bounced out in 2013. The Austrian capital is back with a vengeance this time round at #16. Vienna has been slowly but steadily working towards making the city better for cyclists. Outside the traffic-calmed city centre there are cycle tracks and facilities that put many other cities around the world to shame. The competition is tougher in Europe. Vienna means well and acts upon that but further development could easily be accelerated, especially given the positive attitude at City Hall. With that said, the city is one of the best on the planet to market urban cycling for the mainstream and to host events that appeal to regular citizens as opposed to sub-cultures. Other points worth mentioning are that the cargo bike armada is growing in numbers each year, the city is boldly experimenting with traffic-calmed streets and there is a broad cultural acceptance.
Vienna stands strong in the region, with only Budapest giving them a run for their money. The Hungarian capital finished just outside the Top 20 this time round but there is no reason for them to get their gameface on and move back into the Top 20. Apart from that, among the larger cities in the region, Vienna is the yardstick that other cities should measure themselves by.
Yes, we know the joke... When the world is ending, go to Vienna. Everything happens 50 years later there. We get it. But do we seriously have to wait 50 years for you to expand and upgrade your bike share system? Or force your engineers to google Best Practice for bicycle infrastructure? It can move quicker than that. You have the foundation, build on it. You excel at communication and encouraging regular citizens to choose the bicycle as transport. Now it's time to make serious efforts to increase your modal share and really nail it.