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There are many ways to reduce the risk of cycling accidents, such as building separate cycling infrastructure, increasing the visibility of cyclists and reducing the speed of cars where cyclists and …

There are many ways to reduce the risk of cycling accidents, such as building separate cycling infrastructure, increasing the visibility of cyclists and reducing the speed of cars where cyclists and cars share the same road. The SAFECYCLE project, which is co-funded by the European Commission – DG MOVE, took a different approach. It investigated how ICT can be used to increase the safety of cyclists. This is newsletter #3, the final newsletter of this research project that was finalized in November 2012. Check out more publications and presentations on www.safecycle.eu


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  • 1. ICT applications NEWSLETTER for safe 3 2012 cycling in EuropeSAFECYCLE... Final conference in Vienna... is an EU-funded project that investigates On October 25 2012 the final SAFECYCLE conference took place in Vienna, parallel to thehow intelligent transport systems (ITS) and ITS World Congress. In total 35 participants from 12 different countries participated inICT applications can be used to increase the the conference.safety of cyclists in Europe. was said that standardization takes a lot of time, often eight to ten years. On the other... published recommendations for standardization, hand, participants stated that if you wantharmonization and a research agenda on the the (car) industry to invest in intelligentproject website. applications, you need standards, because the industry needs some perspectivein order... recently presented the outcomes so far to invest. The second statementwas aboutat VeloCity in Vancouver, The Cycling and future research and demonstrations. OneSociety Annual Symposium UK in London, important notion is that there is not a lotWorld Cycling Research Forum in Enschede, The conference started with a presentation of research available about intelligentCIVINET in Genova, ITS World Congress in by Andrea Weninger about VeloCity 2013 in applications for cyclists. There is also littleVienna, Verkeerskunde Congress in Den Bosch Vienna. Thereafter moderator Ronald Jorna research available about how and whyand at ICTC in Hasselt. introduced the project in general. Marjolein cycling accidents happen. So it is hard to de Jong presented an overview of the intelligent conclude which intelligent applications for… is going to present the outcomes at the cycling applications found, followed by a cycling are the most promising related toTransportation Research Board in Washington presentation by Antonino Tripodi about the improving the safety of cyclists. The finaland at BICY in Prague. impact assessment of the eleven most statement was about future cycling and ITS promising applications. After a short break policy. More data collection is needed to... published the impact assessment report Zbynek Sperat introduced the rules for small evaluate applications and put ITS and cyclingon the project website. group discussions to the participants. The forward. It is also important to know where groups were asked to rank more than 20 there is cycling potential and why you want... has more than 300 members in the intelligent applications from most promising to invest in certain applications.SAFECYCLE LinkedIn group (40 different to least promising. In the end the bicyclenationalities) to discuss the project, route planner Gent and bicycle braking light The conference was concluded with a cyclingpreliminary results and related topics. You came out as the most promising e-safety tour in the city of Vienna. Two Austrian cyclingcan join the discussion! applications. After the group discussion experts showed intelligent applications and Ronald Jorna introduced statements about the cycling infrastructure in the city.… has witnessed that SAVECAP, one of the three topics to the participants. The firsteleven most promising applications, was statement was about standardisation. It led Visit www.safecycle.eu/section/conference/shown as a news item on the six o’clock news to a fruitful discussion. On the one hand, it for more informationon television.... organised a workshop in the CzechRepublic to discuss the most promisingapplications and recommendations forfuture research and deployment.… held the final conference on the 25thOctober 2012 in Vienna. Information aboutthe final conference is available on theproject website.Project partners…Mobycon, The NetherlandsIMOB, BelgiumCTL, ItalyCDV, Czech RepublicVisit our website www.safecycle.eu and join us on LinkedIn or Facebook. SAFECYCLE is co-funded by the European Commission - DG MOVE
  • 2. ICT applications NEWSLETTER for safe 3 2012 cycling in EuropeImpact assessmentThe objective of SAFECYCLE is to find outif intelligent applications can be used to bicycles, two out of three seem to have aincrease the safety of cyclists. The impact Benefit Cost ratio higher than one. Theseassessment deliverable describes the project are relatively cheap applications.team’s Cost Benefit analysis. For the mostpromising eleven applications the analysis mixed picture, even per country.was made for the following countries: theNetherlands, Belgium, Italy and Czech applications have the highest Benefit CostRepublic. These countries were chosen ratio. With relatively little investment manybecause the project partners are located inthese countries and because these countries potential users can be reached, which seems to result in a very positive Benefit Cost ratio. From the SAFECYCLErepresent a good mix of cycling experience. It should be stressed that the conclusions project co-ordinatorData was collected on a European level, are based on the data available and on Per 1 December 2012 the SAFECYCLEso that data was comparable for all four generalisation of impacts of safety measures project has come to an end. In the pastcountries. with similar objectives. It is highly recommended 18 months we did a lot of research inThe outcomes of the Cost Benefit analysis are to carry out demonstrations and measure the world of ITS, cycling and e-safety. Ithinting towards the following conclusions: the observed impacts in large-scale Field has learned us that there is a multitude Operational Tests. It is also recommended of e-safety applications already all passenger cars result in a very low Benefit to conduct in-depth analyses of accidents to existing, and even more ideas in the Cost ratio. develop better estimations of safety effects area of co-operative systems. The next of intelligent cycling applications. challenge is to incorporate the topic that need to be installed in trucks. On of ITS for cycling in the new Horizon Visit www.safecycle.eu/section/deliverables/ 2020 programme with a focus on investment of hundreds of millions of euros. for more information cooperative systems including cyclists. Ronald Jorna, MobyconRecommendationsMinistries in the EU (25) and Norway and Switzerland were asked to fill in a questionnaire about the potential of eleven intelligent cyclingapplications. Eleven Ministries returned the questionnaire. One of the questions was to rank the applications from 1 (no potential) to5 (a lot of potential). An active blind spot system for trucks (LEXGUARD) was selected as the application with the most potential, followedby SaveCap, an airbag on the windscreen of cars to mitigate the effects of car-bicycle accidents. The ranking of potentially promisingapplications differs between Ministries in Western and Eastern Europe, especially with respect to applications related to the visibilityof cyclists. What’s more, in some countries certain applications need approval or are forbidden under current regulations.Based on the previous SAFECYCLE Can other use of ICT and ITS in cycling (e.g. forgotten. So far the bicycle is not part ofdeliverables, input from Ministries and theft protection, bike sharing) speed up the the cooperative systems and can easily beexperts recommendations for standardization introduction and harmonization of ICT for overlooked.and future development were formulated. safety of cyclists.In this newsletter we present a selection of recommended to set the rules in that waythese recommendations: know-how. Cooperation with local authorities that a SAFECYCLE project - version 2.0 could and application developers to implement have opportunity to be launched at the year communication bike-to-car and bike-to- e-safety applications that gave good 2014 (start of Horizon 2020), i.e. a project -infrastructure has to be included in the results in other cities or areas. focusing on ICT and ITS in relation to cycling. concept of cooperative systems that is It is possible to go for a wider scope, already standardized. analysis of the incorporation of the cyclists including other topics than safety of cyclists. in cooperative systems. With increasing ways to overcome them) to deployment importance of cooperative systems Visit www.safecycle.eu/section/deliverables/ and use of e-safety applications for bicycles. in motor vehicles bicycles cannot be for more informationVisit our website www.safecycle.eu and join us on LinkedIn or Facebook. SAFECYCLE is co-funded by the European Commission - DG MOVE