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New tool to help urban planners with cycle route design

Analytics shows the city from a cyclist’s perspective using anonymised data

Bike Citizens visualises bicycle traffic intensity as well as bike traffic trends
Bike Citizens visualises bicycle traffic intensity as well as bike traffic trends

Bike Citizens has introduced a GPS data analysis tool which aims to simplify town and city traffic planning by providing a visual portrayal of which routes cyclists are taking as well as an overview into bicycle traffic behaviour.


Developed together with NHTV Breda University in the Netherlands, the tool will not only show how many people are cycling in towns and cities, but will also help to identify gaps in the cycle network and optimise bike-friendly routes in cities.


Bike Citizens’ analytics shows the city from a cyclist’s perspective using anonymised data that is voluntarily provided by users of its app that can be incorporated into the tool and analysed.


By using data such as – which traffic lights and crossings are slowing down the bicycle traffic? Which paths/one-way streets need to be opened up to cyclists so that people on bikes can get around the city quicker? What are the effects of closing gaps on the cycle network? – long-term plans can be optimised and short-term measures approved more quickly such as opening one-way streets to cyclists.


Unlike with bicycle countstations, which only provide sporadic data, Bike Citizens said its analytics visualises bicycle traffic intensity as well as comprehensive bicycle traffic trends throughout the course of the days and seasons.


The potential of future infrastructure projects can be assessed based on existing data. This will ensure that new cycle paths are built in the right places and important transport links to schools and universities or companies with a high volume of employees for example are safely covered.


Bike Citizens was founded 2011 in Graz by former bike messengers Daniel Kofler and Andreas Stückl. A second office is located in Berlin.


The aim of Bike Citizens is to make urban cycling more attractive in order to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in cities. In order to reach this goal, Bike Citizens develops products which offer urban cyclists a platform for information and exchange.


Together with cities, companies and organisations, Bike Citizens works on software solutions and communication and marketing concepts to promote cycling.


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