MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Mister President! Dear Colleagues! The current pandemic has shown that individual mobility can change very quickly. And cycling has seen a great opportunity. We see that more and more people are switching to bicycles in order to maintain their individual mobility, even if it is during strikes in Berlin.
Bicycle and foot traffic are clear winners from the corona crisis. According to a survey by the Fahrrad-Monitor, a quarter of people in Germany cycled more in the summer of 2020 than in the same period of the previous year. 30 percent of those surveyed stated that they walked more often. The car was also used more. There was only a decrease in local public transport. The bicycle industry is also booming despite the lockdown. With a sales increase of over 9 percent in the first half of 2020 compared to the previous year, it increased significantly – and the trend is rising. As early as 2019, the industry was able to generate record sales of 4.2 billion euros.
Dear colleagues, today we are discussing the budget for 2021. The transport budget is the third largest single budget in the federal government, it is the largest investment budget. In the advance notice, Mr President, on the homepage of the German Bundestag, cycling is not mentioned at all, although we all know that it is a focus of the Ministry and Andi Scheuer. And I would like to go into that now.
A total of 900 million euros are available for cycling in the 2020 to 2023 budget. And of this, the BMVI is granting a total of 127 million euros for investment model projects through the guideline for the promotion of innovative projects to improve cycling in Germany in the period from 2020 to 2023. 34 projects with model character and a funding volume of 127 million euros have already been selected as part of the expression of interest.
With the special program “City and Country”, investment measures by the federal states and municipalities are funded with up to 657 million euros. We would like to use the special program to give bicycle networks, modern parking facilities and bicycle parking garages that are as separate and safe as possible.
Since 2017, the federal government has provided 25 million euros each to support the federal states and municipalities in planning and building cycle superhighways. And this is something special: In contrast to road construction, planning costs are also financed here. More than 20 funding applications have already been submitted and a total of 280 kilometers with a volume of 41.5 million euros have been approved.
It’s all nice. And the minister has now launched more than ten professorships in order to ultimately bring competence to the municipalities and state administrations so that cycling can also be implemented if we provide the money.
However, ladies and gentlemen, we also have a problem with the implementation of our programs. And so we still have to talk to our housekeepers about budget law. The period until 2023 is far too short to ultimately get projects that are important – including for climate protection – off the ground. In order to cover the unavoidable need to promote climate-friendly mobility solutions, it is imperative that the funds for cycling also continue after 2023. Therefore, the budget, including commitment appropriations, must be available for a total of at least five years. In the budget negotiations, it must be ensured that the commitment appropriations that are not currently required for the start-up years are postponed to the later budget years from 2024.
Ladies and gentlemen, the CDU / CSU parliamentary group welcomes the fact that our Minister Andi Scheuer has been committed to promoting cycling.
(Laughter of Deputy Victor Perli [DIE LINKE])
We will now have to work on removing the budgetary roots.
Thank you very much.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD – Victor Perli [DIE LINKE]: Never lose your sense of humor!)
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