NHTV exploring possibilities for Bike Valley Brabant
The Academy for Urban Development, Logistics and Mobility and the research theme of People and Goods on the Move are initiators in the formation of a business plan for the development of Bike Valley Brabant. Apart from NHTV, other parties joining the project team are Avans, Breda city council, Tilburg city council, the province of Noord-Brabant, and ID-bike.
The background to this project is the ambition of the province of Noord-Brabant to become the leading cycling province of the Netherlands by 2020. For this purpose, several ‘bicycle highways’ will be constructed. The route to be developed between Breda and Tilburg – the F58 – will be used to carry out innovative research and tests in the field of infrastructure, bicycles and cyclist behaviour. By using this ‘living lab’, the province is hoping to increase bicycle use in Noord-Brabant.
To create this ‘living lab’, the partners – led by NHTV – will draw up a business plan. In this plan, a substantive programme line concerning the F58 will be detailed out initially, followed by a study of the feasibility and potential added value of Bike Valley Brabant, the cycling equivalent of the Automotive Campus.
The development of the business case is interesting for NHTV and the partners involved from several perspectives; Bike Valley offers all partners a chance to create a distinct international profile for themselves as a knowledge innovation region. Additionally, it gives local entrepreneurs and research institutes a chance to test new products or services. As a result, the province will have a new innovative environment, in addition to the Automotive Campus, only this time aimed at cycling specifically.
The first results of the business plan are expected around the summer of 2018.