New analysis tool visualises bicycle traffic data for urban planning
- A new GPS data analysis tool will help towns and cities plan bicycle traffic
- An analysis of significant bicycle data shows which routes cyclists are taking
- A free demo version is available for planners
Graz/Berlin, 14th of November 2017. The aim of the new Bike Citizens GPS data analysis tool is not only to find out how many people are cycling in towns and cities, but also to identify gaps in the cycle network and optimise bike-friendly routes in cities. It provides an overview into bicycle traffic behaviour and allows assessment of potential effects for future projects.
2017 – the year of the bike, but also the year of the exhaust gas scandal. Europe’s leading cities are rethinking mobility concepts. Cities like Amsterdam, Copenhagen or Münster with over 30 percent cycling modal share show that the “bike” concept works. Paris intends to increase the number of cycle paths significantly by the year 2020. The aim is to reduce emissions and create new space for living.
This shift of transport to bikes means adapting traffic planning tools: Analysis tools have long dominated the car traffic community. Now, Bike Citizens is offering a new approach with its Bike Citizens Analytics data analysis tool.
The city from a cyclist’s perspective
Important bicycle traffic data can be easily analysed and evaluated using Bike Citizens Analytics. In addition to providing solutions for navigation and promotion, Bike Citizens’ services now also include the analysis of bicycle traffic.
Developed together with NHTV Breda University in the Netherlands, Bike Citizens Analytics shows the city from the cyclist’s perspective. Anonymised data that is voluntarily provided by users of the Bike Citizens app can be incorporated into the tool and analysed: Which traffic lights and crossings are slowing down the bicycle traffic? Which paths/one-way streets need to be opened up to cyclists so that people on bikes can get around the city quicker? What are the effects of closing gaps on the cycle network?
Bike Citizens Analytics: Preferred and avoided routes
Bike Citizens Analytics provides answers to these questions and simplifies town and city traffic planning by visualising the bicycle traffic situation. Long-term plans can be optimised and short-term measures approved more quickly such as opening one-waystreets to cyclists. Unlike with bicycle countstations, which only provide sporadic data, Bike Citizens Analytics visualises bicycle traffic intensity as well as comprehensive bicycle traffic trends throughout the course of the days and seasons.
The potential of future infrastructure projects can be assessed based on existing data. This will ensure that new cycle paths are built in the right places and important transport links to schools and universities or companies with a high volume of employees for example are safely covered.