Karlsruhe (dpa / lsw) - Traffic scientist Angela Francke will take over the new endowed professorship for cycling at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences in March.

In Baden-Württemberg it is the only one of seven professorships for cycling that are funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport with up to 400,000 euros annually.

According to the Hochschule von Freitag, the aim is to take into account the interests of cyclists in a sustainable mobility mix - from infrastructure planning to bicycle-friendly legislation.

Francke is still working in her hometown of Dresden at the professorship for traffic psychology at the Technical University.

According to the announcement, she researched, among other things, year-round cycling, German cycling typology and the mobility behavior of people with migration experience.

The important question to her is “how the bicycle can become the means of transport of first choice in interaction with all other road users,” said Francke.

She has been collecting historical bicycles since her youth and is interested in the technical and cultural history of the bicycle.

Franz Quint, Vice-Rector for Research, Cooperation and Quality Management at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, said: "With the appointment of the professorship, we can further expand the university's pioneering role in matters of sustainable mobility beyond the state borders of Baden-Württemberg."

Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) said of Francke: “Those who have studied with her can then use their know-how in the cities and municipalities to promote and improve cycling in Germany.

That is expertise that reaches the citizens directly. "


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