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How to get your bicycle serviced for free in Vienna this summer

The City of Vienna is offering free bike checks in front of the city's public outdoor pools over July and August. Here is how you can get your bike serviced.

How to get your bicycle serviced for free in Vienna this summer
Mobility Agency Vienna: Campaign "Mit dem Rad ins Bad" offers free bike checks in front of Vienna's outdoor swimming pools. (Copyright: ©Mobilitätsagentur/Christian Fürthner)

More and more people are using their bikes as means of transport in Austria. In 2021, around 68 percent of the Austrian population said they owned a bike and 22 percent planned to buy a new one in the next two years.

During summer, it seems that the number of bicycles on the streets is even higher, especially in Vienna, a relatively flat city with plenty of bike lanes and where most of the public transport maintenance work takes place during the summer vacation months.

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If you are a bike rider, you know how important it is to have your bike serviced periodically to keep riding safely. In Vienna, you can get your bicycles checked for free at several points near the city’s outdoor pools in July and August.

“We invite the Viennese to have their bicycles checked”, said the director of the Mobility Agency Vienna, Martim Blum.

“Get the bike serviced, enjoy your time in the Viennese outdoor pools, and enjoy the summer. This is why we have the Mit dem Rad ins Bad (with the bike to the pool) action”.

What are the checks and how do they work?

“The gearshift and brakes are checked and adjusted if necessary. The most important screws are tightened. This increases safety and also cycling love because a well-maintained bike is even more fun,” says Blum.

The mobile service station stops 19 times on several days just in front of Vienna’s bathing areas. The “first-come, first-served” principle applies to the bike checks and only one bicycle is serviced per person.

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The check focuses on the bicycle’s essential components – wheels, brakes and gearshift. These will be re-adjusted if necessary. It is recommended to visit a bicycle workshop or shop for major repairs.

When and where can I get my bike checked?

Here are the dates and locations at a glance:

  • Sunday, 10. July – 10 am to 7 pm – Gänsehäufel
  • Tuesday, 12. July – 3 pm to 7 pm – Laaerbergbad
  • Thursday, 14. July – 3 pm to 7 pm – Großfeldsiedlungsbad
  • Saturday, 16. July – 10 am to 7 pm – Copa Beach
  • Sunday, 17. July – 10 am to 7 pm – Simmeringer Bad
  • Thursday, 21. July – 3 pm to 7 pm – Hietzinger Bad
  • Saturday, 23. July – 10 am to 7 pm – Höpferbad
  • Sunday, 24. July – 10 am to 7 pm – Angelibad
  • Thursday, 28. July – 3 pm to 7 pm – Laaerbergbad
  • Saturday, 30. July – 10 am to 7 pm – Großfeldsiedlungsbad
  • Sunday, 31. July – 10 am to 7 pm – Hietziger Bad
  • Tuesday, 02. August – 3 pm to 7 pm – Simmeringer Bad
  • Thursday, 04. August – 3 pm to 7 pm – Copa Beach
  • Saturday, 06. August – 10 am to 7 pm – Gänsehäufel
  • Sunday, 07. August – 10 am to 7 pm – Laaerbergbad
  • Thursday, 11. August – 3 pm to 7 pm – Simmeringer Bad
  • Saturday, 13. August – 10 am to 7 pm – Angelibad
  • Sunday, 14. August – 10 am to 7 pm – Höpferbad
  • Montag, 15. August – 10 am to 7 pm – Copa Beach

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From lighting to ice skating: How Vienna plans to save energy

Winter is approaching and with it a higher use of energy. Here’s what the City of Vienna is doing to save gas and electricity this winter.

From lighting to ice skating: How Vienna plans to save energy

As the war in Ukraine continues and energy prices skyrocket, Austria could be in for a tough winter.

To offset some of the impacts, the City of Vienna is now preparing for the cold season and rolling out a series of energy saving measures.

The aim is to reduce energy consumption in the Austrian capital by 15 percent by the end of March 2023, which is in line with the target set by the European Commission earlier this year.

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Mayor Michael Ludwig said: “Cooperation in Vienna is the most important basis for getting through difficult times well and safely.

“We proved that during the pandemic and we will prove that now. Our motto is: stick together so that everyone stays warm.”

Here are the main elements of the plan.

Ice skating

The Wiener Eistraum ice skating rink on Rathausplatz is scheduled to run from January to March 2023. But, according to the Wiener Zeitung, there is uncertainty over whether it can take place at all this winter.

The structure on Vienna’s town hall square is a popular winter attraction in the city. It attracts both locals and tourists with pretty lighting and pre-heated ice skates for hire. But it also requires a lot of energy to operate.

As a result, there is a possibility that the Wiener Eistraum could be cancelled or scaled back, although a final decision hasn’t been made yet.

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Christmas markets

The Wiener Zeitung reports that Vienna’s Christmas market in front of the Rathausplatz is currently not at risk of being cancelled – at least not under the current plans.

The Rathausplatz is the city’s biggest Christmas market and is scheduled to open on November 19th, which is one week later than in 2021.

Lighting

The City of Vienna said the conversion to LED street lighting is continuing across the capital. So far, around half of the city’s 153,000 street lamps have been replaced with LED bulbs. 

The use of street lighting in Vienna has also changed. From 10pm, lighting in low-traffic areas is reduced to 75 percent, and then to 50 percent after midnight.

The LED street lighting project is expected to reduce energy consumption by 60 percent and is part of the city’s long-term energy saving plans.

Administrative buildings, campuses and pools

Energy saving measures are also being rolled out across administrative buildings, at public pools and educational buildings in Vienna.

The Town Hall claims that around 193,000 MWh (or €14.7 million) has already been saved at 42 government buildings, including at kindergartens and schools.

Further energy saving projects are planned for the Jörgerbad, Floridsdorferbad and Kongressbad public pools.

Additionally, the Liselotte-Hansen-Schmidt campuses in Donaustadt, Liesing and Penzing are heated and cooled with geothermal energy. They are also fitted with large photovoltaic systems.

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Investment in the energy network

Between 2022 and 2026, Wiener Stadtwerke Group will invest around €6.2 billion to improve Vienna’s energy infrastructure, with €5.7 billion earmarked for “climate-friendly investments”. 

Wien Energie is investing €1.2 billion into the conversion of the energy system by 2026 and around €400 million is reserved for the expansion of renewable electricity production.

Peter Hanke, City Councillor for Economic Affairs, said: “In addition to the city’s goal of being climate-neutral by 2040, the security of supply for the Viennese is particularly important to me. 

“By 2030, we will invest around €3 billion in the network security of the federal capital Vienna via Wiener Netze. 

“Such a stable power grid makes the integration of renewable energies possible because 90 percent of the energy transition takes place in the distribution grid.” 

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