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Vorarlberg, Austria: a road to Lech?

Old 03-18-24, 03:43 PM
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Vorarlberg, Austria: a road to Lech?

Hi there.

Have any of you cycled from Stuben through Lech to Warth in Vorarlberg, Austria?

(or the opposite direction, it doesn't matter)

What is the traffic on this road in summer? The road looks narrow, it goes through galleries and tunnels, so I don't know if I should take more sensitive people there?

Thanks!

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I haven't biked that particular route, although I have biked and driven similar nearby passes in that area. Have you checked it out on Google Maps using the bicycling overlay? Looks to me from Google like there are bike paths of some sort a good bit of the way, including around the tunnel areas (this has been my experience biking there with regard to tunnels, usually there's a bike-accessible alternative).
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I'm afraid that there is a big mistake by Google in showing any kind of cycling infrastructure there :) If you check this road in Google Street View, you see galleries (half open tunnels) and regular tunnels, which protect the road before snow and rocks. It is not possible to build a bicycle path on it and the tunnel is too narrow to fit a bicycle path in it.

And now the question is whether Lech is a town located far enough off the beaten path and there will be little traffic, or whether Lech is such an attractive place, there will be a lot of traffic and we will have angry vacationers on the back :)

I will have three quite sensitive people in my group and I would prefer not to expose them to unnecessary stress.

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The Arlberg tunnel closure

Maybe it will be useful to someone:

The following regulations apply during the Arlberg road tunnel closure

Due to renovation work, the Arlberg road tunnel is not passable from 15/04 to 22/11/2024. It will then be possible to travel to Vorarlberg via the Arlbergpass road (B197/L197).

Cars, station wagons, camper vans and trucks without trailers as well as cars and station wagons with trailers (including caravans) are free to drive over the pass as long as the trailer does not weigh more than 750 kilograms (hzG - maximum permissible gross weight).

However, cars and station wagons with trailers weighing more than 750 kilograms (hzG - maximum permissible gross weight) must use the long-distance diversions via Germany, the Fernpass or Switzerland on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays between 09:00 and 17:00 during the high season (01/07 to 06/10/2024).

ASFINAG advises you to allow extra time for the journey over the Arlberg Pass. Especially on weekends, traffic congestion may cause delays on the B 197/L 197 Arlbergpass road.

You can find more information about this on the ASFINAG website at www.asfinag.at.

Note for Cyclists: "Bike-Taxi-Arlberg" at Arlbergpass

Due to the closure of the S 16 Arlberg Tunnel, road traffic will be diverted via the Arlberg Pass road. Due to the expected additional traffic volume during the peak travel season, there will be a ban on cycling on the B 197/L 197 from Langen railway station to the top of the pass in St. Christoph. This ban will only apply to uphill cyclists in the period from 15/04 to 22/11/2024.

For cyclists wishing to cross the Arlberg Pass from Vorarlberg, the "Bike-Taxi-Arlberg" is available during this period:

• Cyclists can book by telephone T +43 676 441 73 50 from 07:30 to 18:30 and are transported daily by taxi and bicycle trailer to the top of the pass.
• The order/reservation can be made in advance (e.g. today for June) or at short notice up to approx. 30 minutes before departure.
• The price is EUR 7,00 per person and bike; a total of 8 passengers with bikes can be transported per taxi.

Signposting will soon be installed at the Klösterle tourist office, at Langen railway station, in Stuben and at the Valfagehr service station.
https://www.vorarlberg-alpenregion.a...nd-travel.html

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Originally Posted by simonthread
I will have three quite sensitive people in my group and I would prefer not to expose them to unnecessary stress.
I find the stress of going through tunnels without bikepath or sidewalk to be directly related to their length and visibility.
I only have a small rear light when touring as I seldom ride after dark, so in long tunnels I make sure to have my neon yellow safety vest on, and be aware of any bail-out possibilities by the side of the tunnel.

That said, I do somehow enjoy them
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