Although Usti nad Labem has a difficult landscape for cyclists and insufficient cycling facilities and services, the situation is slowly improving and the city is able to significantly increase number of local cyclists by improving its conditions for the cycle transport.
The cycle connection linking the two major cycle routes in the area through the city was designed in order to allow greater use of the existing infrastructure, support tourism, promote local points of interest and enable better utilisation of local services. Implementation of this connection would increase attractiveness of the city as a tourist destination and contribute to intensification and promotion of cycling in the area, primarily as a leisure activity and alternatively for commuting purposes. This fulfils objectives outlined in the Strategy for the Development of Ústí nad Labem for 2015 and the Strategy for Development of Tourism in the Usti Region for 2010-2015.
The total investment of the cycle link was calculated to amount to €960,156 (24 358 million CZK). The costs can be partially financed by an appropriate subsidy programme. The management and maintenance will be provided from the city´s own budget. It is anticipated that increased funding for maintenance and repair works of the new cycle infrastructure will not constitute significant burden in terms of resources that have already been allocated. Prior to its implementation, objectives must be sufficiently supported within strategy and planning of the city.
Implementation of the cycle link presents high economic efficiency of the investment. As a project supporting development of cycling, it generates no direct benefits but significant indirect socio-economic benefits resulting from increased length of stay of users in the economic impact area which further contributes to its significant financial efficiency.
Provision of a range of practical information about cycling in the area is delivered through an integrated web portal, which is gradually supplemented with up-to-date data. Citizens were asked to send their comments and feedback to determine where improvements can be made. The cycle web portal provides information about cycling opportunities, cycle services and areas of interest for tourists in the Usti region.
The city further focuses on cycle transport education and safety of cyclists through complementary measures. There are other measures proposed as part of the future transport plans within the city that will to improve cycling conditions, although this may not be the primary objective. These include implementation of designated lanes, calm zones, speed restricted (30km/h) zones and one way roads available for cyclists in both directions. The cycling infrastructure is intended for extension and interconnection to provide a coherent network. Realisation of cycling facilities and equipment is required.
The potential for the development of cycle transport in the city and its surroundings is relatively high. The goal of improvements is to establish cycling not only as a free time recreational activity, but also as an alternative, sustainable means of transport suitable for the city.