Across the 9th arrondissement: a new cycle path from the Belt to the Danube Canal

The city of Vienna wants to use the cycle lane attack to close the central gaps in the cycle path network. One of them runs through the middle of the 9th district. In 2026 it will be possible to cycle comfortably along Fuchstallergasse and Alserbachstraße.

Vienna/Alsergrund. The city of Vienna never tires of highlighting its successes in creating cycle paths. Around 35 million euros were invested in 2023. The money was used to build or launch 20 kilometers of bicycle lanes. This should continue in 2024.

Currently planned: A link from the Belt to the Danube Canal – across the 9th district via Fuchsthallergas and Ulzerbachstrasse. The structurally separated cycle track is scheduled to be operational from fall 2024 to late 2025.

“This popular route across the 9th arrondissement from the Belt to the Danube Canal should get the modern cycling infrastructure it deserves, with structurally separated cycle lanes and on-road driving instead of the previous multi-use routes,” says the movement and planning councillor. Ulli Sima (SPÖ). “Of course, under the motto 'Exit Asphalt,' we will ensure more greenery and coolness in this project and ultimately make the Julius-Tandler-Platz climate-friendly,” promises Sima.

People want to hear this information in Alsergrund. “My primary task is to promote sustainable mobility in the district. With a state-of-the-art cycling link from the Belt to the Danube Canal, we are pushing hard to make cycling even more attractive for all district residents. This milestone marks another. A step on the path to an important climate-friendly mobility transition – and the district I am happy to contribute to this as the leader,” asserts Alserrand District President Saya Ahmad (SPÖ).

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Structurally separated cycle paths along the entire route

Fuchstallergasse and Alserbachstraße are part of Vienna's main cycle transport network and are the most frequent cycle routes connecting the Belt (U6 station Währinger Straße) and the Lände on the Danube Canal (U4 station Friedensbrücke).

There is currently only one multi-purpose strip on either side of Alserbachstrasse. There is a structured one-way cycle path on the outskirts of the city at Fuchstallergasse. Towards the city centre, cyclists ride in mixed traffic with all other road users.

Fuchstallergasse and Alserbachstrasse are part of Vienna's main cycle network and are the most traveled cycle routes.  (code photo) |  Photo: City of Vienna/Christian Furthner

Construction will begin in 2024

Construction work to improve the cycling infrastructure around the Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof is scheduled to begin at the end of the year. It will start on Fuchstallergasse in 2024, followed by Alserbachstrasse in 2025. Once completed, these streets will have structurally separate one- and two-way cycle lanes for safe progress.

A structurally separated two-way circulation pathway

On the odd-numbered side, a structurally separate two-way cycle path is to be constructed on the Ulzerbäckstrasse. The cycle path runs from Spittelair Lande to Lichtensteinstrasse as a two-way cycle path. This section will have one-way cycle lanes on both sides of the road to create the best possible cycling conditions at the complex intersections with Liechtensteinstrasse and Nußdorfer Strasse. From the Währinger Belt to Nußdorfer Straße on the Fuchstallergasse, a one-way cycle lane will be left outside the city and supplemented by a second one-way cycle lane towards the city center.

Redevelopment based on citizen participation

An additional 300 square meters of greenery and new trees are currently planned in the planning area. As part of the improvement of cycle path infrastructure in Ulsergrund, the Julius-Tandler-Platz will be redesigned according to the motto “Get off the asphalt”. In 2022, the first phase of the citizen participation process was carried out for Julius-Tandler-Platz. The results provide important structural conditions for the redesign of the square: people want better quality of accommodation, more greenery and coolness.

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More about cycle paths in Vienna:

Vienna's biggest bicycle lane attack is underway

How cycling in Währing will be safer in the future

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