More cycling projects
Winter Cycling Network Maintenance (Gouda, The Netherlands)
Client and question: How can cycling be facilitated in cold weather? This is the question that was asked by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and Fietsberaad, a Dutch organisation specialising in the dissemination of knowledge about bicycle policy. Mobycon was hired to study winter maintenance for cycling networks.
Result: Mobycon consultants explored winter maintenance for bicycle networks in the Dutch City of Gouda. Although progress has been made in the last 20 years, the study found there is still inequity between the treatment of infrastructure for bikes versus infrastructure for cars. Findings indicate that a specific plan for clearing snow from the bicycle network – beginning with the most heavily-used segments - must be developed, just as with a car network. Another finding of this study is that the roadbed beneath bicycle infrastructure is shallower than that below roads for cars. Because of the shallower bed, bicycle infrastructure becomes icy more quickly and requires treatment at temperatures where it is unnecessary on roads for cars. The full report is available (in Dutch) on the website of Fietsberaad.
NAVIKI, Bicycle Route Planner and Information Network (European Union)
Naviki is a new web portal, from which municipalities, regions, tourism organisations and other partners can benefit in many ways. The system makes the bicycle an even more attractive means of transportation for citizens and visitors. Naviki’s key feature is tailor-made route planning for bicycle traffic. In addition, it is able to convey information concerning locations. Partners can easily provide Naviki with their specific layout and content and use the portal in addition to their existing internet service. With the aid of an EU funded project, chosen partners will be able to implement Naviki at the least possible cost and effort.
More information can be found on the NAVIKI site.
BYPAD+, more Quality for Bicycle Traffic (European Union)
How good is the cycling policy in your town, city or region? Is it effective and efficient? How can you improve it?
Client and question: BYPAD+ is a bicycle audit and
benchmarking system that evaluates and improves the quality level of
local cycling policies in European cities. It was developed by an
international consortium of bicycle experts, including Mobycon, as part
of an EU-funded project. More than 100 cities and 18 regions in 21
countries have already been convinced of the advantages of BYPAD and
have started improving the quality of their cycling policy with simple,
fast-working and above all cost-efficient measures.
More information can be found here: www.bypad.org
Cycling and Pedestrian Plan Ridderkerk (The Netherlands)
Client and question: The Municipality of Ridderkerk has a population of 45,000. About 27,000 inhabitants live in the village, others in the area around it. It is situated on an island in the river ‘de Maas’ in the West of the country, close to the City of Rotterdam. Cycling rates in Ridderkerk are low by Dutch standards: 19% of all trips are done by bicycle. The municipality wanted to develop a new Mobility Plan with special attention to cyclists and pedestrians.
Result: As a part of this new Mobility Plan of Ridderkerk, 2009 - 2015, we have developed the Cycling and Pedestrian Plan. The plan covers topics such as a cycle network, bicycle parking facilities, traffic safety education and communications issues.
Zwolle: Bicycle planning in a top-level bicycle-city (The Netherlands)
Client and question: Zwolle is the Provincial capital of
Overijssel; with 115,000 residents, cycling accounts for 46% of all
daily trips. Since 1975, the city has actively promoted cycling,
developing an almost comprehensive cycle network, many cycle lanes,
‘bicycle streets’ as well as supervised and unsupervised bicycle
parking. Zwolle is a national leader for cycle cities.
Yet the city still aims to increase the modal share of cycling
and is interested in pursuing innovative approaches to achieve this
goal. For such an ‘advanced’ cycling city, it is no longer enough to
work on developing more infrastructure for cyclists. That is why we
cooperated with the City on the project ‘Het Nieuwe Fietsen’ (The New
Result: The aim was to explore new, non-infrastructural ways
to raise the level of cycling. We identified three focus areas to
further increase the cycling modal share: link with other fields of
policy, cooperation with partners in the city and inspiration from
abroad to encourage those who are not yet cycling to become cyclists.
The project approach and results were presented at the
Velocity Global 2010 conference in Copenhagen as well as the Dutch
Mobility and Traffic conference.
More information can be found here.
Investment Programme for Cycling 2010-2025 for the Province of Overijssel (The Netherlands)
Client and question: The province of Overijssel had a long list of cycling projects. The problem was where to begin.
Result: Mobycon helped create a methodology for assessing and prioritizing the project proposals. In order to do this, a network was created and bottlenecks were identified as starting points for implementing cycling facilities. The project was organized around four principles aligned with the client’s vision, including developing concrete objectives within the cycling policy; undertaking demand-driven measures; learning from past experience; and creating pilot projects related to monitoring and promoting cycling. The first challenge was to create consensus among villages, cities and advocacy groups – including the cyclist federation and traffic safety organization – within the Province. The approach was to meet individually with all stakeholders to address persistent past issues. Then joint sessions were held to present new ideas and agree on concrete steps for moving forward. The second challenge was to stimulate the client and all stakeholders to take a broad and integral perspective. In The Netherlands, cycling policy is primarily focused on infrastructural measures. But in order to maintain and grow cycling rates, communication and education must be employed. Thus, the project included developing outreach methods.