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In the years to come urban areas in the EU face the challenge of making transport sustainable in terms of environment and competitiveness. Cycling is the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly mode of transport. SAFECYCLE looks at how ITS / ICT can help making cycling safer through the use of e-safety applications.

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  1. 1. SAFECYCLEE-safety applications for safe cycling in Europe WOCREF 14th September 2012 Angela van der Kloof
  2. 2. Overview• Project information• E-safety applications• SWOT analyses• Impact Assessment & Recommendations• Dissemination• Discussion
  3. 3. Project information• June 2011 - November 2012• Co-funded by European Commission – DG MOVE• Partners • Mobycon (the Netherlands) • University of Hasselt (Belgium) • CTL / University van Rome (Italy) • CDV (Czech Republic)
  4. 4. Fields of expertise Cycling ITS SAFECYCLE project Road Safety
  5. 5. Objectives
  6. 6. E-safety applications1. For cyclists2. On the bicycle3. On other vehicles4. In the infrastructure5. Internet (and mobile)6. Cooperative systems
  7. 7. Example 1 – Virtual bike lane• Virtual bike lane is projected by the bicycle, thus creating his/her own virtual bike lane.• Increase in visibility of the cyclist and creates more space around the cyclist when overtaken by a motorized vehicle (safety zone).
  8. 8. Example 2 – Intelligent Speed Adaptation• Adapting the speed of individual cars, based on their position on the road network. E.g. in residential areas and around schools. The system can be day and time dependent.• Lower speed: less chance on a collision & reduced impact
  9. 9. Example 3 – Count down traffic light• LED Countdown meter reminds cyclists of the waiting time. (can be combined with rain sensor - if it is raining, the cycle of the traffic lights is shortened and cyclists get faster green).• Prevention of red light offences.
  10. 10. Example 4 Hindsight• A rear camera records the movements around the bicycle and the images are shown on a display on the steer.• It allows cyclists to focus on the road and avoid instability.• Decrease of blind spot of the bicycle; better idea of what is going on behind the bicycle, more anticipation; more stability.
  11. 11. Example 5: Lexguard• Detection strips on the truck to warn for objects around the truck combined with warning signs inside the truck.• Reduced chance on collisions, especially in blind spot.
  12. 12. Example 6 Routeplanner Gent• Routeplanner allowing planning a safe cycle route, avoiding (perceived) dangerous situations for cyclists.• Safer route choice.• Less chance to get involved in situations that are dangerous for cyclists.
  13. 13. Inventarisation of applications121 e-safety applications Safety potential by category
  14. 14. Inventarisation of applicationsVarying from idea to existing product 30 25 20 idea 15 development existing? 10 existing 5 0 cyclist bicycle other vehicle infrastructure internet nomadic
  15. 15. SWOT analysis results• Cyclist: • None• Bicycle: • Light lane bicycle, Hindsight, Bicycle braking light• Other vehicle: • Individual speed adaptation, Lexguard/Frontzicht, SaveCap• Infrastructure: • Countdown traffic light/rain sensor, Traffic Eye Zurich, LED marking• Internet: • Route planner, Citizens Connect/Bikewise
  16. 16. Impact assessment• Estimate the possible safety effects of each application in the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Czech Republic.• Estimate the possible costs for users and authorities• Identify and describe need for further developmentAnd:• Recommendations for harmonization or standardisation
  17. 17. Dissemination
  18. 18. Final workshop• 25th October, Vienna• Parallel with ITS World Congress – Project results – Discussions about the future of ITS and cycling – Cycling tour
  19. 19. Discussion on effects for safety • What do you think are the possible effects of the applications for bicycle safety? • Do you expect any differences in effect between the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Czech