The bicycle as a safe alternative to public transport even after the crisis

26 October 2020

Cities such as Paris, London, Budapest and Rome are rapidly creating provisional cycle paths, streets are being made low-traffic, and plans for cycling infrastructure have been dusted off.

Even in the Netherlands, the coronavirus crisis has a stimulating influence on the use of the bicycle. Sales of e-bikes for commuting have increased enormously, and a bicycle ride as a leisure activity has gained considerable popularity.

The question now is whether people will continue to take the bicycle even after the crisis. It is now known that cycling is better for health and the environment. It is expected that many people will continue to take the bike only as long as they can travel safely and almost as quickly from A to B as by public transport or car. That is why it is now key to speed up the improvement of cycling infrastructure and low-traffic inner cities.

Accurate measurement data are required to properly map the increase in the number of cyclists and to make the right decisions about improving the infrastructure. Where and when do more and more e-bikes, racing bikes and pedelecs drive between the cargo bikes and children’s bikes? These are the unsafe moments. Cycledata’s Signum measuring equipment provides the most accurate information, even during peak hours, about which cycle paths are now busier and unsafe and how they are used. With this information, governments can determine where new cycle paths should be placed and which ones they should adapt. A good bicycling infrastructure will certainly help people to take the bicycle even after the crisis.

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Tour de Force government initiative

Local governments, interest groups and companies will use this project to look at how they can make cycling more attractive, especially in and around cities. They will also work together to find smart solutions to the associated problems.

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More employees on bikes

The government wants to promote cycling, in particular to improve accessibility – and because of the climate benefits. Individual employees understand this, but to them, personal benefits such as health, lower costs and predictable travel times are more important. The government and employees have the same goal, but their arguments differ in the detail. A question of better communication – or is more than that needed?

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Need for short-term bicycle parking

With the Signum, short bicycle counts can be made simply and relatively inexpensively with high accuracy. 24/7, the system counts the number of vehicles on a cycle path with an accuracy of more than 95%.

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