There is not enough space on the ground for my project. Can I solve this by building an elevated cycling track?

In many cases, yes – ask us for a careful and fact-based assessment in which we take into account the specific boundary conditions of your project.
Despite all the advantages of elevated cycling tracks, we do not consider them to be a replacement for ground-level cycling infrastructure, but rather an additional option to provide safe and high quality infrastructure for cyclists.

How can I start and implement a project as quickly as possible?

Contact us and we will recommend an approach tailored to your needs.
The benefits of the modular urb-x system are maximised in design & build tenders, as this can simplify both the planning phase and the execution.
In principle, however, we are capable of supporting you in any type of project and regardless of the type of tender.

Which vehicles are allowed on the elevated track and at what speed?

Cleaning and other utility vehicles of up to 10 tons and a maximum speed of 10 kph are permitted.
The speed for cyclists can be freely determined from a technical point of view, but for capacity and safety reasons we generally recommend as uniform a speed as possible for all users.

How do I access elevated cycling tracks?

The access points are planned according to need and, where possible, by integrating existing infrastructure and taking the topography into account. If no embankments or existing bridges can be used as access routes, ramps are generally built to access the tracks.

As the advantages of elevated cycling tracks primarily come into play on longer stretches, the number of access points required is lower than for cycle paths at ground level.

Can I use urb-x modules for temporary infrastructures?

Yes – don’t hesitate to ask us for a price estimate.

Have you already built an elevated cycling track?

Yes. In Basel (CH) we built a test track of 200m which you are very welcome to visit.

Do you have reference projects to be eligible to participate in tenders?

Yes. Both in the manufacturing of modules and in the planning and execution of projects, we always collaborate with experienced partners. Therefore, we have more than enough references in planning and implementation to be eligible for tenders.

Does urb-x meet the economic requirements in order to take on planning or construction projects?

Yes. As we are collaborating with experienced partners such as Hasslacher Norica Timber, we easily fulfil all the usual eligibility requirements for tenders.

What is the standard width of the urb-x cycle path? Can you deviate from it?

The minimal standard width between the railings of  the bike lanes is 4.4m, which is plenty for 4 bike lanes. For longer distance projects we are open to talking about deviations, but for different reasons we do not recommend them.

What are possible spans?

Up to 40m with standard modules. With few additional measures up to 60m are possible very efficiently. For longer spans we recommend to integrate just our track surface (not the whole structure) into your planning.

Where do you produce your modules?

In Austria. Our modules are optimised for prefabrication and logistics.

The railings have integrated vertical solar panels. Does this make sense regarding sun exposition?

Yes. Generally, there is less solar electricity production in winter as well as in the mornings and evenings. During these times, the sun stands low, which gives our modules the optimal exposition when solar electricity is needed the most.

How does rescue work?

The structure is designed taking into account the requirements of standard rescue vehicles. Depending on the needs of local rescue organisations, you can define your own rescue concept, however.

How can we clean and remove snow from the track?

Regarding cleaning and snow removal there is no difference between our tracks and any cycling bridge. It can be done by your service provider using their normal vehicles and machines. Additionally, the lightweight option comes with an integrated track heating system for de-icing.

How does the drainage work?

While we don’t describe the drainage system in detail in the technical sheets (download section), it works like for any other bridge.

How long does it take to build an elevated track?

It depends on the accessibility of the construction site. But after the pillars are set, we can realise the rest of the structure with a minimum speed of 200m/week.

Your cycle path is elevated. Can I fall off it?

No, you shouldn’t fall off the cycle highway. There are railings (height: norm-compliant) on both sides of the path to ensure safety. In that sense, it’s like a bridge you cycle on.

Is there lighting on your cycle path?

Yes. There is intelligent lighting all along the way in regular intervals. The light goes on when traffic is detected, and switches off when there’s none to save energy.

Why do you use timber?

It is a lightweight-, durable and sustainable material. It weighs five times less than the carbon-intensive concrete, comes from a sustainably managed forest, where trees continue to grow, and timber constructions are set to stand for 100+ years, too. It’s a climate-friendly and economically favourable material.

What kind of timber is it and where do you get the timber from?

We use certified spruce from Hasslacher Norica Timber from sustainably managed forests in Austria and Slovenia. Thanks to our partnership with the Hasslacher Group, we’re at the source of the supply and short circuits are assured.

Why is your construction cheaper than the benchmark?

Thanks to its modularity, the cycle path’s elements can be pre-produced industrially, which saves time and money compared to tailor-made constructions.

What gradient do the ramps have to access the cycle highway?

If ramps are needed and it is not possible to make use of the surrounding topography, e.g. that a natural elevation leads the cyclist directly onto the highway, we aim for ramps with a maximum gradient of 3%. (In certain international guidelines, you’ll find a recommended maximum of 6%.)

Is the track surface of the cycle path slippery?

No. In the standard version, we apply a mastic surface, a well-proven material for road and bridge surfaces. The lightweight version comes with a multi-layered, cycling-optimised surface, which has shown even better values for adhesion than traditional mastic surfaces.

Why should I build an elevated cycle path?

When it’s not possible to build a cycle path on the ground due to existing infrastructure, lacking space or natural obstacles (like a river), it makes sense to build elevated. Or if you’d like to add great cycling infrastructure for the people to enjoy and to render cycling more accessible, safe and direct.

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