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Application areas and application limitations of road restructuring according to the "shared space" concept

Based on a German countrywide city-survey, as well as on literature investigation, a total of 17 "Shared Space" case-studies (of which three from Switzerland) were selected for detailed investigation. Further analyzes comprise traffic counts, speed measurements, and video recordings over a period of 12 hours.


Cycle track with solar panels: During the first year of "SolaRoad" - a test route in the Netherlands - the cycle track produces more energy than expected

The test route in Krommenie (province North-Holland) is about 70 meters long, and fitted with 2.5 by 3.5 meter solar modules. The test mode started in October 2014 and for the first year stock had been taken.


Use of cycle paths in opposite direction: improvements of safety

Cyclists who ride on cycle paths in the wrong direction (on the left) are exposed to high risks. The Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) examined whether the hazards are equally high for cyclists riding on the left on cycle paths that are usable on both sides. As a result, action strategies could be developed to enhance safety.


Official opening of the first e-cycle superhighway in Germany as part of the research project "e-Radschnellwege - Umstiege erleichtern"

The official opening of the first e-cycle superhighway in Germany took place on the 2nd of October in Göttingen.


Accessibility: three quarters of German train stations are accessible without steps.

Those who are taking their bike into trains, wheelchair users and people with baby carriage know about the difficulties of train journeys. Meanwhile at least than three quarters of all 5484 train stations in Germany are accessible without steps.


The future of cycle traffic: Influence of increasing cycle traffic volumes and different forms of cycle facilities on accidents involving cyclists

The intention of the German Insurers Accident Research study was to determine if these recent development influence the amount of cycling accidents and which measures should be taken to increase cycle safety.


Cycle track with solar panels: Test route in the Netherlands produces more energy than expected

The test route in Krommenie (province North-Holland) opened in October 2014, and consists of concrete modules of 2.5 by 3.5 meters with solar cells. It is expected to get more than 70 kWh per square meter per year.


UK: Final plans for Mayor's "Crossrail for Bikes" approved

London's streets will become safer and more accessible for cyclists. On February 4th 2015 the Transport for London (TfL) Board has approved plans for the construction of four new cycle superhighways. The schemes will cost around £160m to deliver between now and the end of 2016


The Netherlands: Heated cycle path in Wageningen passes first snow test

The heated cycle path, which was putted into operation in February 2014 and which will be tested until 2016, successfully melted first snowfalls. The 50 meter test section consists of heatable concrete slabs. The heating is provided in an absolutely climate-neutral way, through heat accumulators and solar energy.


Germany: Project "Cycling in Municipalities with Altitude Differences" presents its results.

The project which was funded within the frame of Germany's National Cycling Plan has shown that many cyclists do not mind slopes - if good infrastructure and service are provided. A manual, including experiences, results and guidelines will be published in the beginning of 2015.


Switzerland: Successful pilot test of cycling friendly traffic lights in Basel

Since 2013, experiments focus on two solutions for cycling friendly traffic lights facilities: permitting cyclists to turn right during the red phase and street crossing together with the pedestrians during their green period. The results are generally positive. Hence the Department for Building and Transport will request a change in traffic law from the Federal Roads Office. Thereby, the pilot test solutions can be implemented permanently.


UK: Mayor unveils his 18-mile "Crossrail for the bike"

The north-south route will run for more than 3 mile, the east-west route will run over 18 miles. They cost about 913 million pounds and will be opened in 2016.


The implications of low quality bicycle paths on gaze behavior of cyclists

The first results of a field test show that the alertness of bicyclists tends to focus on road properties.


Germany: Handbook on "Cost efficient measures for supporting walking and cycling" published

The handbook, which was published by the Frankfurt based mobility agency "ivm" in June 2014, shows road space design elements, focusing short-term and cost efficiently solutions for promoting cycling and walking. Against the background of public sector austerity, the book includes numerous best practice examples of how existing potentials can be used in an optimal way.


Baden-Württemberg: City of Mannheim bids for organizing the Velo-city conference 2017

Besides many cycling promotion measures, the bicycle's 200th birthday gives the city of Mannheim an opportunity, to discuss and further develop the future role of cycling.


Germany: Funds for the cycle path network along federal roads increased from 60 to 80 million Euro

The parliamentary commission for transport and digital infrastructure debated on Mai 7th 2014 on the correspondent federal budget plan.


North Rhine-Westphalia: "Citizen's cycle paths" on the road to success

A special finance scheme helps to realize cycle paths


Netherlands: Experimental bicycle roundabout in Zwolle

An unusual bike roundabout has been recently put to use in Zwolle. Bicycles can use it all the way, cars only partial.


Cycling Expertise: Roundabouts with Cycling Traffic

File of the Week , I-10/2012: Roundabouts - Benefits for all road users. The Dossier describes the Integration of cycle traffic into various types of roundabouts.


Netherlands: ForenZo encourages car drivers to use 'Electric Freeway'

The municipality of Almere and ForenZo, a mobility initiative of the Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB, have started a collaboration to encourage commuters to use the so-called 'Electric Freeway'.

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