Instead of cutting trees to widen carriageway, an old car connection between Nijmegen and Beuningen was turned into a cycle path. Now this tree-lined avenue is a particularly scenic section of cycle highway Batavierenpad Zuid. Read More
CHIPS (Cycle Highways Innovation for smarter People Transport and Spatial Planning) will develop and promote cycle highways as an effective and cost efficient low carbon solution for commuting towards and from urban employment poles. CHIPS will demonstrate that, especially in combination with the growing number of e-bikes, cycle highway innovation can effectively get commuters out of their cars.
Project partners from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK will develop solutions that will help regions and mobility stakeholders to:
- Position cycle highways as a new mobility product
- Overcome physical and behavioural barriers that keep commuters from using cycle highways
- Maximize synergies between cycle highways and trains, buses and cars
- Upgrade cycle highways to key structuring elements in future spatial planning
- Monitor performance and assess impact
Join the Cycle Highway Network!
Use this link to join the CHIPS Cycle Highway Academy Group on Linkedin. Click on the "Ask to join" button.CHIPS Linkedin Group
F3 - Leuven-Brussels in the Province of Flemish Brabant (Belgium)
Comber Greenway in Belfast (Ireland)
Cycle Highway Frankfurt Airport - City center in Frankfurt (Germany)
Rijnwaalpad in the Province of Gelderland (the Netherlands)
Hart van Brabantroute in the Province of North Brabant (the Netherlands)
1 PO Box 9090
Frankfurt am Main
Verband Region Rhein-Neckar
European Cyclists’ Federation
Flanders’ Bike Valley vzw
2 Cathedral Square, College Green
Stichting NHTV internationale hogeschool Breda
|Provincie Vlaams-Brabant||Magalie Vanlishout||
|Provincie Gelderland||Frank Eggenemail@example.com||Netherlands|
|Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain||Reinhard Henkefirstname.lastname@example.org||Germany|
|Regionalverband Ruhr||Thomas Pottemail@example.com||Germany|
|Verband Region Rhein-Neckar||Klemens Groeger||Klemens.firstname.lastname@example.org||Germany|
|European Cyclists’ Federation||Carolien Ruebensemail@example.com||Belgium|
|Flanders’ Bike Valley vzw||Bert Celisfirstname.lastname@example.org||Belgium|
|Sustrans||Gordon Clarkeemail@example.com||United Kingdom|
|Stichting NHTV internationale hogeschool Breda||Joost de Kruijffirstname.lastname@example.org||Netherlands|
Last week CHIPS participated in the TEN-T Days (25-27/04/2018) in the beautiful city of Ljubljana that recently joined our "Cities and Regions for cycling" network. Read More
Northern Ireland is piloting a new cycle-friendly accreditation scheme for employers which was launched last week (Thursday 19 April) in Belfast. Read More
Quietways are a new concept in London, complementary to cycle superhighways. While superhighways often follow the main roads with separated cycle paths to provide the fastest and most direct route, quietways lead through residential streets, making use of ‘filtered permeability’, with only short connecting stretches of dedicated cycle infrastructure where necessary. Read More
ECF Infrastructure Officer Aleksander Buczyński presented expectations of cyclists and the concept of cycle highways to representatives of road administrations and road industry sector on the international Pavement Preservation and Recycling Summit in Nice. Read More
On the F3 cycle highway connecting Brussels and Leuven, in the village of Beisem (part of municipality Herent), a section of Lodewijk van Veltem street was reconstructed in 2010-2011. Several traffic calming measures were introduced on the carriageway, while ensuring the continuity of unidirectional cycle paths on both sides of the streets. Read More
Construction works started on a new section of planned F212 cycle highway, next to the Zellik train station. When completed, F212 will connect the municipality of Asse (32 000 inhabitants) in the province of Flemish Brabant with Brussels. Read More
Introducing high-quality fast cycling routes in one of the biggest European cities was a challenging task, but the completed ‘cycle superhighways’ attracted thousands of commuters. On the Blackfriars bridge bicycles constitute 70% of all traffic in a morning peak! Read More
Usually bridges are built across rivers, but there are exceptions. On the F1 cycle highway a 100-metre cycling bridge was built along the river Vrouwvliet and under two railroad bridges. This sounds quite complicated, but in fact it provides an easy way to get to the other side of a primary railroad line. Read More
Extension of the F1 cycle highway towards Brussels is a complex task, requiring cooperation of many actors. We took a look at what is happening on a 4 km stretch near Zemst. The completed, on-going and soon starting investments include two cycling bridges, redistribution of carriageway on a national road, a new safe crossing, construction of new and upgrade of existing cycling paths. Read More
5 Cycle Highways
Road markings play an important part in cycle highway’s readability and safety. They help the cyclists to follow the route, especially in poor visibility conditions, improve the recognisability of cycle infrastructure for other users, and can also warn against obstacles. Read More
The F3 cycle highway from Leuven to Brussels follows the high-speed train line connecting Belgium with Germany, but as for today, in a few places cyclists have to make a detour. CHIPS project partner Province Flemish Brabant (Vlaams-Brabant) together with local municipalities and the Flemish regional government are planning construction of two tunnels and a bridge to improve the directness of the route, as well as safety and comfort of its users. Read More
In our series of articles showcasing infrastructure of cycle highways we return once more to RijnWaalpad, to examine “het Groentje”. The bridge was incorporated last minute into the design of Nijmegen ring road to avoid interruptions and delays for cyclists. Read More
Continuing our journey on RijnWaalpad, the cycle highway from Arnhem to Nijmegen, we arrive to Snelbinder – a two-kilometre long bicycle bridge, used by 6000 cyclists daily. It is interesting both as an engineering accomplishment and from the urban planning point of view. Read More
Where cycle highways meet busier roads, crossings are often grade-separated to maximise safety and minimise the need of stopping. We revisit RijnWaalpad to see how to design safe, comfortable and attractive bicycle tunnels. Read More
CHIPS project partner, the Dutch province of Gelderland can be an example on how to minimise the number of stops and interruptions on a cycle highway. Cycling 18 km on the RijnWaalpad between Arnhem and Nijmegen train stations, you only have to yield to other traffic twice. Read More
The goal of the 1st Cycle Highway Industry Summit is to give the Industry the occasion to pitch (5-6 minutes) potential Cycle Highway Solutions to a broader audience. Some of these solutions will be used in the CH Catalog, others will also be invited to pitch in the Cycle Highway Academy.
This event, jointly organized in partnership of the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovakia to the EU, ECF and the recently approved European CHIPS project, will start two processes:
- It will launch the official process of developing a stakeholder input document laying the groundwork for a future EU Cycling strategy.
- It will be the official kick-off of the Interreg VB North West Europe CHIPS project on Cycle Highway Innovation.
Cycle Highway Academies
The 5th Cycle Highway Academy will take place on the 10th and 11th of October 2018 in Leuven, Belgium. The Cycle Highway Academy will be a two-day session, focusing on the “Plan a cycle highway” and “Design & build a cycle highway” in which the tools of the Interreg NWE CHIPS project (Cycle Highway Innovation project) will be shared.
This edition of the Cycle Highway Academy took place in Copenhagen, home of the Supercykelstier, on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th of May 2018.
This third Cycle Highway Academy was organized on the 28th and of February and the 1st of March 2018 in Essen. This Cycle Highway Academy was a two-day session, focusing on the “Selling & Promoting” where the tools of the Interreg NWE CHIPS project (Cycle Highway Innovation project) have been shared.
After a successful first edition of the Cycle Highway Academy in Arnhem during the Velo-city 2017 conference week, the second Cycle Highway Academy took place on the 4th and 5th of October in one of the pioneer cities of the Cycle Superhighway: London. This Cycle Highway Academy was a two-day session, focusing on the “Design and Building of Cycle Highways”.
This first edition of the Cycle Highway Academy (CHA) will be a one-day session, where the tools of the Interreg NWE CHIPS – project (Cycle Highway project) will be shared among partners. The target audience of this first Academy are mainly governmental organizations and industry associated with Cycle Highway. This first Academy will however be limited to partners and co-partners of the CHIPS-project. Next Cycle Highway Academies will be organized at the end of 2017 and during 2018.
A Cycle Highway is a mobility product that provides a high quality functional cycling connection. As backbone of a cycle network, it connects cities and or suburbs, residential areas and major (work)places and it satisfies its (potential) users.A definition of a Cycle Highway according to CHIPS
The CHIPS project partners have created a four-stage approach to develop cycle highways.
tage 1 PLAN involves planning the cycle highway where the focus is on the potential use of the new infrastructure and the impact for the region. A cycle highway facilitates citizens to move by bicycle from one place to another. It connects residential areas with business districts, city centers or transportation hubs. To determine the right location and make the right connection a calculation of the expected use is needed, taking into account the future developments to plan a future proof cycle highway. The virtual planning tool is one of the useful tools of this stage.
In the second DESIGN AND BUILD stage different criteria are distinguished to design a cycle highway. The challenge is to design the best suitable cycle highway for that specific location. Therefor different criteria such as attractiveness, wayfinding, size and directness have to be taken into account. Guidelines for the infrastructure and best practices of cycle facilities can be used for this stage.
Stage 3 SELL focus on promoting the cycle highways by using different campaigns. Communication and campaigns will help to stimulate (new) cyclists to use the cycle highway. Commuters are the main target group. The engagement of employers is key to reach the commuters and create a modal shift from car to (e)-bike. How do you brand and sell the cycle highway?
In the last stage EVALUATE the use of the cycle highway is monitored to get insights in the effects of the development. Are people using the new cycle infrastructure? There are several methods to collect data about the use of the infrastructure. By monitoring the use the effect on CO2 reduction can be calculated.