Northern Ireland is piloting a new cycle-friendly accreditation scheme for employers which was launched last week (Thursday 19 April) in Belfast. 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
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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
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||Wietse Hermanns||
|Provincie Gelderland||Frank Eggenfirstname.lastname@example.org||Netherlands|
|Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain||Reinhard Henkeemail@example.com||Germany|
|Regionalverband Ruhr||Thomas Pottfirstname.lastname@example.org||Germany|
|Verband Region Rhein-Neckar||Klemens Groeger||Klemens.email@example.com||Germany|
|European Cyclists’ Federation||Aleksander Buczyńskifirstname.lastname@example.org||Belgium|
|Flanders’ Bike Valley vzw||Bert Celisemail@example.com||Belgium|
|Sustrans||Gordon Clarkefirstname.lastname@example.org||United Kingdom|
|Stichting NHTV internationale hogeschool Breda||Joost de Kruijfemail@example.com||Netherlands|
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
Cycle highway F1 is an example of utilising the potential of rail corridor for high-quality cycling route. Following the railroad line between Antwerp and Mechelen, F1 offers a direct and attractive connection between municipalities along the line. Read More
The F261, the fast cycle route along the Midden-Brabantweg from Waalwijk to Tilburg, becomes the first cycle highway in the Dutch Province of North Brabant with the new signposting. For the final selection of the design, 2 designs were presented in the town hall of Dongen. There, the directors of the province of Noord-Brabant, Tilburg, Waalwijk and Loon op Zand signed the official agreement so that the F261 can actually be built in the short term. Read More
Cycle Highway Academies
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.