Active mobility and cycling
With Europe’s urban populations still rising, a modal shift in city transport is urgently needed. This is why EU policies on smart cities, economic growth and air quality, all seek to promote active mobility in cities.
The mobility of goods and people is important for urban development, but it also compromises the social, economic and public health of cities. Despite technological advances, motorised transport continues to exacerbate problems like physical inactivity, congestion and noise pollution, as well as contributing to unacceptable levels of greenhouse gas emissions from cities.
Paving the way
Extreme and unpredictable weather conditions can hinder the uptake of transport solutions like walking or cycling.
This is where climate services come in – through climate-wise designs, such as cycle paths sheltered from heavy winds, or strategically plotted pedestrian pathways, cities can make active mobility a far more appealing and sustainable option for urban populations.
The extra mile
Some service purveyors, already offer weather information to cyclists, helping them to make informed cycling decisions. Our Active Mobility Service goes a step further, providing usable, detailed and future-conscious climate data to traffic planners.
With our guidance, planners can identify the best infrastructural measures to make actively mobile transport more feasible, and resilient to the effects of climate change. We also calculate how these measures are likely to affect the transport practices of citizens, giving our clients realistic expectations and invaluable insight into how best to proceed.
Our standard package is a detailed service report including maps, figures, tables, and interpretation guidelines for analysis results.
Stepping it up
Bike Citizens is an app that supports cyclists in 450 cities, by keeping them informed about weather conditions, the best bike routes, delays and estimated cycle speed.
With the help of our consortium partner, Joanneum Research, the service is now working to deliver more integrated and high-impact support to cities, creating a tool that gives government authorities instant access to complete and comprehensive information about cycle-friendly urban planning based on climate data. “It’s more or less a one-stop shop solution to improving cycling in the city,” says lead director of Bike Citizens, Mihai Ghete.
Using climate data can make all the difference to the success of an urban mobility plan. In Vienna, for example, the resulting mitigation measures are estimated to increase in cycling uptake by up to 70%!
Climate-fit.City makes it easier than ever to use to radically increase the success of active mobility plans, using climate data. With our reliable and fit-to-measure service, no city has to be left behind!