Planning Regulations and Standards
Planning, Regulations and Standards

Intelligent Transport

Like so much of the transport system in many cities, traffic signals or lights at junctions have been designed to assist in managing motor vehicles movements. This has resulted in cars being able to travel as quickly as possible from A-to-B. In order to encourage and cater for cycling, this system needs to be programmed instead to favour active travel movements. 

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Cities will learn about sensing and collecting realtime data on moving cyclists to give them more priority and less stopping in city streets. Being ahead of cars helps improve safety and exposure to pollution, and will ensure that cycling journeys become even more competitive with the car, further increasing their appeal. 

Cities using this solution

Amsterdam bridge
Leader: Amsterdam

With an ICT system for cycle traffic flow improvement and cycling prioritisation at intersections, Amsterdam wants to realise constant speeds for cyclists to keep traffic flowing. Within Handshake, Amsterdam pilots an innovative ICT system with heat sensors that predicts cycling demand at busy intersections. Information is used to adjust traffic lights and improve cycling speeds. Also cycle friendly Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) measures (green waves, intelligent VRIs) will be part of the approach. Amsterdam explores ways to reduce the perceived waiting time at places where waiting time cannot be reduced by optimizing VRI operation or infrastructural measures.

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Cycling along coast in Cadiz
Follower: Cadiz

In PMUS action Plan, GM14 action includes the elaboration of the "Director of Bicycles Plan". This master plan, which is pending elaboration, collects "Safety measures for cyclists” among its strategic lines of action. It is necessary to define traffic-calming areas in combination with motorized and non-motorized transport modes and to include intelligent signalling and traffic lights for cyclists in the network.

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Dublin cycling
Follower: Dublin

The city has already eight trials in operation for collection of cycle data, all new and upgraded signals now incorporating cycle detection. Dublin needs assistance with determining where bicycle priority should be deployed, as they already use bus and tram priority at traffic signals.

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This project has received funding from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement no 769177.

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