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Smart Cycling Innovations: Amplifying the integration of cycling in smart urban mobility systems

Thein, David (2021) Smart Cycling Innovations: Amplifying the integration of cycling in smart urban mobility systems. Master thesis.

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The smartification of cities is redefining space in urban environments. Traveling is no longer a simple matter of physical infrastructure, but of smart objects and smart infrastructure. Despite the growing interest of policy makers around cycling as a catalyst for sustainable urban mobility, the majority of policies focuses on cycling as an offline activity, whereas smartification potentials of cycling are often overlooked. Despite its benefits for health and urban sustainability, cycling is not featured prominently in the European Commission’s Work Programme, which aims to develop smart, green and integrated mobility systems. Therefore, this research explores the role of smart cycling innovations in amplifying the integration of cycling as active mode into the smart urban mobility system. A smart cycling innovations catalogue is developed to provide an overview of current smart cycling innovations in Europe. The Interreg project BITS (Bicycles & ITS) is used to recruit mobility experts who are at the forefront of smart cycling futures for in-depth interviews. Results of this research highlight the potential of smart cycling innovations in (1) demonstrating the ITS potential of cycling (2) increasing the modes visibility in the physical as well as virtual environment (3) improving cyclists safety, comfort, speed and integration with other modes as well as efficiency of traffic flow (4) showing the potentials of the smart bicycle as data collection device in the urban environment and (5) identifying the newly emerging opportunities in regards to the interactive landscape and its potential to initiate a process of empowering communities and creating a shared meaning by fostering the narrative of citizens collectively reclaiming the public space through cycling.

Item Type: Thesis (Master)
Degree programme: Environmental & Infrastructure Planning
Supervisor: Bahrami, F.
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2021 08:32
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2021 08:32

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