CHIPS


Project Summary

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

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Use this link to join the CHIPS Cycle Highway Academy Group on Linkedin. Click on the "Ask to join" button.

CHIPS Linkedin Group

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
Provincie Vlaams-Brabant Magalie Vanlishout 1 Provincieplein
Leuven
3010
Belgium
magalie.vanlishout@vlaamsbrabant.be www.vlaamsbrabant.be
Name Contact Name Email Country
Provincie Gelderland Frank Eggen f.eggen@gelderland.nl Netherlands
Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain Reinhard Henke henke@region-frankfurt.de Germany
Regionalverband Ruhr Thomas Pott pott@rvr-online.de Germany
Verband Region Rhein-Neckar Klemens Groeger Klemens.groeger@vrrn.de Germany
European Cyclists’ Federation Carolien Ruebens c.ruebens@ecf.com Belgium
Flanders’ Bike Valley vzw Bert Celis bert.celis@flandersbikevalley.be Belgium
Sustrans Gordon Clarke gordon.clarke@sustrans.org.uk United Kingdom
Stichting NHTV internationale hogeschool Breda Joost de Kruijf kruijf.j@nhtv.nl Netherlands

News


London Quietways

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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

A cycle bridge along a river

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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

F1 to connect two biggest Belgian agglomerations

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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


Leuven will be closer to Brussels thanks to investments on the F3 cycle highway

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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


Public Events


CHIPS Launch Event

, Permanent Representation of the Slovak Republic to the EU. Avenue de Cortenbergh 107, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

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.
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Cycle Highway Academies


Second Cycle Highway Academy: Design & Build

, London

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”.
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First Cycle Highway Academy

, Best Western Hotel HAARHUIS Stationsplein 1, Arnhem1

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.
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Video on the Cycle Highway Definition

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 4 phases of the Life Cycle Highway

The Life Cycle Highway Explained

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.

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