Infrastructure and Services
Infrastructure and Services

Smarter Streets

Computerised and digital solutions are heralded as having the ability to help transform how easy it is for people to access cycling and navigate quickly and securely around cities. In practical terms, this can involve reprogramming existing transport system controls to reduce "stop-start cycling", whilst at the same time gathering intelligence on movement patterns. This data can help inform future waves of infrastructure improvement. Street lighting can be tailored to help increase cyclists' feeling of safety. And personal navigation services, helping locating services such as free cycling parking and access to bike sharing often through apps, supplement this under an umbrella sometimes known as "mobility as a service" (or "MaaS").

Learning together with information and communications technology

Selecting and delivering these solutions and using them with a specific emphasis on cycling is new to many transport planners and engineers. In Handshake, cities will learn from each other to tailor transport systems so that they support cycling, whilst at the same time adding data to monitoring programmes as a combined technical solution.

Cities using this solution

River in Copenhagen
Leader: Copenhagen

The City of Copenhagen has an ITS program developing intelligent street lighting, realtime monitoring of bicycle traffic flow and variable message signs for flexible way finding. Furthermore Copenhagen has hosted the ITS World Congress in 2018. The conference and ongoing project will be integrated and further developed in Handshake so other cities can learn and benefit from the ITS projects in Copenhagen.

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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

Cycle data collection is underway on a trial basis and some changes for bicycles at traffic signals have been incorporated.

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Helsinki cycling
Follower: Helsinki

Traffic signal management is rarely cycle friendly in Helsinki, even though some specific signals for cyclists exist and they plan it themselves. There is also not that much knowledge in the matter and they would stand to benefit greatly from the experience from Copenhagen.

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Riga bridge
Follower: Riga

Concerning cycling traffic modelling and intelligent signal management, there are no such activities held in the city and the issue is very urgent. Though there are already some privileges and separate street light system set up on the cycling paths ensuring some additional safety to cyclists, a lot of additional work is required to make the cycling network integrated to all the road system.

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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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