The livability of the cities and attractiveness of our environment can be improved by smarter choices for mobility products and travel modes. A change from current car-dependent lifestyles towards the use of healthier and less polluted transport modes, such as cycling, is needed. With awareness campaigns, cycling facilities and cycle infrastructure, the use of the bicycle will be stimulated. But which campaigns are effective? Can we stimulate cycling by adding cycling facilities along the cycle path? How can we design the best cycle infrastructure for a region? And what impact does good cycle infrastructure have on the increase of cycling?
To find answers for these questions and come up with a future approach to stimulate bicycle use, NHTV is participating in the InterReg V NWE-project CHIPS; Cycle Highways Innovation for smarter People transport and Spatial planning. Together with the city of Tilburg and other partners from The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and United Kingdom we explore and demonstrate infrastructural improvements and tackle crucial elements related to engaging users and successful promotion of cycle highways. NHTV is responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of the project. To measure the impact and effectiveness of cycle highway innovations we use Cyclespex and Cycleprint.
With Cyclespex a virtual living lab is created which we will use to test several readability and wayfinding measures for cycle infrastructure. Cyclespex gives us the opportunity to test different scenario’s in virtual reality that will help us to make decisions about the final solution that will be realized on the cycle highway. Cycleprint will be used to develop a monitoring dashboard where municipalities of cities can easily monitor and evaluate the local bicycle use. Follow the latest developments of Cycleprint.
New wayfinding concepts on Cycle Highway Tilburg-Waalwijk
In the last week over January, two wayfinding concepts for cycle highways have been placed on the Living Lab of the cycle highway Tilburg-Waalwijk. The Living Lab is a 650 meter long part of the cycle highway in Tilburg where several innovations for cycle highways will be tested. In 2017 different asphalt and alignment concepts were constructed and they have now been added to the Living Lab.
The two concepts are designed for cyclists on a cycle highway. For the development and design of the wayfinding concepts the information, the readability and the specific location of the elements were taken into account. The aim is to help cyclists navigate on cycle highways with the help of wayfinding elements. These concepts were developed in collaboration between the Province of North-Brabant, the Municipality of Tilburg, Mijksenaar (known from signage on airports) and NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences. In the coming period the wayfinding concepts will be tested by cyclists. On the 6th of February a research on location took place where 16 participants join us to test the wayfinding. The reactions of the participants gave us new input and information for further development of the concepts. For the coming period the online survey related to the Living Lab and several virtual reality tests (using Cyclespex) are planned to get more input from (potential) cyclists about their preferences and behavior regarding wayfinding elements.
These developments and tests about wayfinding of cycle highways is part of the CHIPS project. Within the CHIPS project cycle highway innovations are tested and demonstrated, together with partners from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom.