Summary

CHIPS (Cycle Highways Innovation for smarter People Transport and Spatial Planning) is a project that will develop and promote cycle highways as an effective and cost efficient low carbon solution for commuting towards and from urban employment poles. CHIPS will demonstrate that, especially in combination with the growing number of e-bikes, cycle highway innovation can effectively get commuters out of their cars. The CHIPS project will also develop joint cycle highway standards and solutions.

Key Deliverables / Outcomes

Nine project partners from Belgium, the Netherlands, UK and Germany will develop transnational standards and approaches and test, demonstrate and roll out solutions and tools that enable regions to tap into the full potential of cycle highways as an attractive commuting option.

By re-designing cycle highways in 5 regions to high quality standards, both with regard to infrastructural and non-infrastructural aspects, CHIPS will demonstrate the potential impact of this mobility concept on a sustainable modal shift towards low carbon commuting in the NWE region. As a result of funded investment and campaigns, we forecast a 1,5 to 3 fold increase in the actual number of cyclists on the cycle highways. The CHIPS-consortium will provide policy makers, city planners, employers and commuters in the whole of NWE with a proven, well documented, viable and sustainable alternative to car-dominated commuting approaches. The involvement of companies that offer cycle highway related products and services will lead to innovations, clearly increasing turnover in cycle highway related businesses.

For ECF the project is important to develop a (North West) European guideline for cycle highways and to increase the amount of commuters switching from car to bike. ECF will also engage with authorities and other stakeholders to build a stronger support base for the development of cycle highways in NWE.