NRVP - the National Cycling Plan 3.0

  • The Federal Government's National Cycling Plan (NRVP) is intended to take cycling in Germany to a completely new level. The present plan is still valid for the current year. From 2021 onwards, version 3.0 is intended to make cycling the mode of transport of first choice in Germany - and to create the best conditions for it. PTV AG and PTV Transport Consult GmbH, together with ifok GmbH and Fraunhofer ISI, form the project team that is providing scientific support for the NRVP.

  • The NRVP describes the basic guidelines for the promotion of cycling in the coming years.

    Already in 2002, the federal government launched a strategic policy document for the first time with the presentation of the National Cycling Plan 2002-2012. This document was intended to further develop and promote cycling in Germany.

    With the NRVP 3.0, Germany wants to go one step further and provide additional active impulses for more bicycle traffic. It takes up the new transport policy challenges and takes particular consideration of the increasing diversity in cycle traffic.

    The primary goal is to make cycling more attractive and safer and to strengthen the use of public transport, walking and cycling.

    Version 3.0 is the result of an intensive participation process involving citizens as well as experts from science, business, associations, administration and civil society.

    An online survey of citizens in early summer 2019 was followed by eleven dialogue forums. Here, various experts and the NRVP project team discussed the most important topics relating to the bicycle along the eight key objectives of the NRVP.

    The project team is currently working on the formulation of NRVP 3.0 in close coordination with the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, based on the content developed with the dialogue forum. They were documented in so-called result papers and can be downloaded here (in German). Finally, the national cycling strategy goes through various participation and coordination rounds in the federal ministries before it is adopted by the cabinet and finally published.


  • Eight key objectives for the bicycle country Germany

    1. Uninterrupted bicycle traffic in Germany. Through an infrastructure that motivates people to cycle
    2. Vision Zero in bicycle traffic. More safety for cyclists
    3. (Urban) freight traffic becomes bicycle traffic. Delivery on the last mile will be emission-free
    4. Germany is a commuter country for bicycles. The bicycle as the mode of transport of choice for work and training
    5. Germany is a bicycle place. The bicycle economy is promoted, image and knowledge about cycling is improved
    6. Cycling will become intelligent, smart and connected. Infrastructure planning and traffic control will be optimised with the help of appropriate data, and mobility services will be connected
    7. Bicycle traffic invades city and countryside. The special boundary conditions of different types of regions are taken into account when promoting cycling
    8. The bicycle at the centre of modern mobility. The position of the mode of transport in politics and planning is significantly strengthened

    More information on the project (in German)