| Title: The European Network for Cycling Expertise
Contract Type: ACM Contract Number: EVK4-CT-2002-80004 Start Date: 01-10-2002 Duration: 18 months
Problems to be solved
Cycling is a daily mode of transport that needs to be facilitated as other modes. When treated this way (and not primarily as a recreational vehicle), the bicycle can alleviate urban transportation problems. The bicycle induces the reduction of congestion, air pollution and traffic accidents. To stimulate cycling, cities must take a range of infrastructural and promotional measures. The essential expertise on how to do this is practically unavailable for most transportation professionals outside a small group of member states. General transportation networks, such as ELTIS, do not contain enough specific expertise on cycling issues since cycling plays only a minor part compared to other transport modes.
Cycling policy, as an expertise, is new. It is not a specific curriculum in higher education; professionals learn by doing. There is a need for technical assistance. Standard procedures for urban planning give priority to motorised transport and neglect the needs of cyclists.
Scientific objectives and approach
The high-level objective of VeloInfo is: supporting local authorities and experts to accomplish sustainable urban planning by establishing a WWW-based expertise centre on bicycle planning policies and bicycle use, of which the usefulness and continuity is ensured. The usefulness and continuity of the expertise centre is ensured by (i) involving users and suppliers of cycling policy knowledge in the development of the system and (ii) making use of use of state-of-the-art technology for data storage, information disclosure and internet communication. Specific attention is given to creating a critical mass of content on bicycle policy information and use. The partners develop a sustainable business model to create a system that will continue to function after the project lifetime. The continuity of VeloInfo is guaranteed, by the combined force of industry, cities, expert institutes and cyclist organisations.
VeloInfo will be a WWW based expertise centre that supports cities to incorporate the bicycle in urban planning. Access to expertise on cycling is essential to a local authority that wishes to increase bicycle use, by regarding the bicycle as an ordinary and daily mode of urban transport. VeloInfo has the purpose to become a key centre of expert and knowledge on bicycle planning, supporting all European professionals on urban planning, infrastructure and transport. A critical mass of content will be established that, on the one hand, ensures a sufficient coverage of cycling expertise according to experts and, on the other hand, contains the answers for at least 80% of the search requests of the users of VeloInfo. Cities will use VeloInfo to find bibliography and experts on cycling policy. Cities can also find other cities, to learn from each others experiences and best practices. New potential users entering the VeloInfo web site will be invited to use an interactive tool that helps them to find search terms and documents relevant for their specific situation. Besides, the guided tour tool gives a rough estimation of what can be achieved by implementing cycling policy, in terms of, e.g., reduction of exhaust emissions, congestion, and traffic safety. Experts will use VeloInfo to enlarge their expertise and to find other experts and local authorities that need support in developing cycling policy. All users participate in a network, which operates as a literature database, an expert system, and also as a discussion forum. VeloInfo thus offers a forum for the exchange of ideas, data, experience and expertise.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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