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As a climate-friendly form of mobility, cycling makes an important contribution to achieving the Federal Government’s climate change targets. To this end, the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) provides resources for the promotion and funding of cycling in various programmes. During the current parliamentary term, the investment programmes were extended (cycling pilot projects and German Cycling Network programme until 2029, Cities and Rural Areas special programme until 2030).

Promotion and funding programmes:

2024 budget

in thousand euros

Funding of cycling pilot projects18,700
Financial aid for the upgrading and extension of the German Cycling Network18,250
Bicycle parking facilities at railway stations10,000
Financial aid for non-investment pilot projects8,280
Funding of the retrofitting and upgrading of motor vehicles with turn assist systems9,250
Financial assistance provided by the Federal Government to the federal states:
Financial assistance provided to the federal states for the Cities and Rural Areas special programme148,078
Financial assistance for cycle superhighways ¹)22,816
Federal Government funding options:
Construction of cycle tracks along federal highways ²)120,000
Upgrading of towpaths along federal waterways for cycling use5,000

In addition to the expenditure of around 360 million euros, there are commitment appropriations of around 218 million euros, which allow contracts to be concluded and funding approvals to be given in the current fiscal year for subsequent years.

²) Construction and maintenance of cycle tracks along federal highways for which the Federal Government has construction and maintenance responsibility cannot be subsidized but are fully financed by the Federal Government.