Cycling is good for all
 Posted on 14/05/2014 - 13:14
Idea Outline
Cycling is the way of transportation of the future. While bicycles are continually improving, cycling is increasingly interesting. Cycling could solve traffic jam problems, is part of a healthy lifestyle and is a sustainable way of transportation.

The Challenge
Transportation by bicycle instead of by car offers many advantages to society: 1. No fossil fuels are used for transportation 2. No co2 emission is produced for transportation. 3. People exercise while transporting themselves, increasing public fitness and health. 4. Traffic jams will be decreased, improving traffic flow. Despite these advantages, cycling is not a widely used way of transportation in big parts of Europe. A reason is that, especially for longer distances, travelling by car is faster. The introduction of the e-bike could prove to be a game changer, greatly increasing cycling speed. The challenge is to facilitate the transition of transportation by car to transportation by bicycle. People need to become aware of the possibilities and the advantages of cycling.

The Solution

To facilitate a transition to cycling, more data is needed. Information about cycling patterns will be obtained by making use of sensor technology. Data will be collected in the living lab of the Dutch city of Assen. Many sensors have been placed throughout the city, monitoring cyclist behavior via WiFi sensors, smartphones and wireless sensors placed on bicycles.
Analysis of the data will provide insights on cyclist flows and cyclist behavior. An example of how this can be translated into more awareness of cycling advantages is an app that gives insight in time and cost savings for your route (in comparison with traveling by car). Another example to facilitate a transition to cycling is the introduction of a ‘green wave’ route, which means no more wasted time at traffic lights.

Target group and social impact
This project has the potential to become the example for every city in Europe. By showing both energy savings of cycling versus driving and providing insights on how to make cycling safer, quicker and more efficient, cycling in all over Europe could be boosted. Cities may use outcomes to adapt their infrastructure to make cycling more attractive to their inhabitants. This will provide significant co2 savings for Europe. As the project is fully developed, tested and performed in Assen, other cities can obtain information without high investment.

Competences of the applicant
Sensor city is a large-scale consortium of both public and private bodies. For this specific project multiple private organisations are involved as well as a research organisation and a public body. All necessary competences are covered within the consortium.

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Social Category
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Health and Demographic Change

  • Tecnology Category
  • Data
  • Geolocation
  • Mobile

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