Wednesday 15 June 2011

SPECIALIST'S NEWS

Bicycle highways profitable

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The proceeds that can be attributed to bicycle highways considerably outweigh the costs. The next couple of years approximately €100 million will be invested in bicycle highways in the Netherlands. That will lead to future annual profits of at least €144 million in travel time gained, better health and environmental benefits.
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Cyclists protected from road hogs

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Gelderland provincial authorities have taken measures to protect cyclists from motorists running a red light. When a motorist approaches a traffic light at high speed, the green light for crossing cyclists is postponed for a bit.
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Bike path generates energy

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In 2012 the first pilot project of the solar road, in the shape of a bike path with solar cells, will start in Krommenie in the province of Noord-Holland. TNO is developing SolaRoad in cooperation with Noord-Holland provincial authorities and several companies.
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Eindhoven region maps quality bicycle network

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The surface of the bike path network in the town of Helmond contains on average 89.9 bumps and 67.8 potholes per 10 kilometres. Of the bicycle network 84% is lit, and average waiting times at traffic lights on the bike paths of the Sternetwerk are 57 seconds. This and much else can be gleaned from the study Samenwerkingsverband Regio Eindhoven commissioned into the quality of the bike path network.
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Less energy use through reflective pavement

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Reflective bike paths are slowly up and coming. After a pilot project in Noord-Holland with Luminumpave, a reflective asphalt, another manufacturer provides reflective paving bricks, which have already been used around the Groningen bicycle flat.
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First practical tests Utrecht and Den Haag on road to cyclist airbag

Research institute TNO is setting up a Sensor Field Test as a first step on the road to an airbag that may save cyclists’ lives. For one year five service cars of a telecoms company will be traversing the busy Utrecht and Den Haag inner cities in order to further develop and test the sensor system that is to ensure that the airbag only deploys in case of an actual collision with a cyclist or pedestrian.
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Folding bike success before and after rail transport

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The folding bicycles that bus passengers in the Walloon provinces in Belgium rent from public transport company TEC are a great success. The train company NMBS has recently also started investigating the possibilities for providing a comparable service to rail passengers.
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High cycling percentage mainly a matter of audacity

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Enthusiasm and audacity are the main ingredients for local authorities to obtain high cycling percentages, is the conclusion from a study by AgentschapNL into the factors that may affect bicycle use.
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Increase in cycling conducive to public health, despite extra traffic casualties

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If 10 per cent of short car trips (up to 7.5 km) are replaced by bicycle trips, the number of traffic fatalities in the Netherlands will increase by 4 to 8. There will be an additional 500 serious casualties. But as more exercise is conducive to public health, an increase in cycling leads to improved public health overall.
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Cyclists spend as much in supermarket as motorists

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Per visit to a supermarket cyclists spend less money, but they visit more frequently. As a result, they account for at least as much spending as people arriving by car, over an entire week.
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Pilot bicycle parking system in Utrecht and Groningen by ProRail

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To combat the shortage of bicycle parking places at railway stations, the railway network manager, ProRail, has started a pilot with a new bicycle parking system in Utrecht. Train passengers arriving at the station by bicycle see upon arrival at the parking facility a screen displaying empty spaces, allowing them to find a spot more easily. Bicycles that have been parked too long are removed. A similar system will be operating at the Groningen railway station.
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Social media to promote cycling

Use social media and electronic gadgets, these are the most prominent elements in many contributions to the RijnWaalpad competition. But spectacular LED-lighting is to cheer up cycling commuters as well.
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‘Cycle to Work’ a success

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The campaign on commuter cycling is a success in Great Britain. According to research by The Cycle to Work Alliance 71% of participants do without their cars completely or more often.
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Starting blocks for cyclists

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The starting block is a mounting device for cyclists, making waiting at a traffic light more comfortable. You can remain seated on your bicycle while waiting for the light to turn green.
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