First I thought the recent rants by car-maniacs (or politicians who want to appeal to them) was a local Viennese phenomenon caused by a combination of the rising number of city cyclists (yay!), Sommerloch0 and Parkpickerl1-diversion, but apparently its a global issue. Here are a few interesting article on the topic:
0 "summer slump"
1 A system like Pay and display used in Vienna to convince people to stop using cars in the city by having them pay for parking space. The area where this applies will be extended in autumn, which caused quite a ruckus.