National figures suggest a decline in cycling in Denmark over the past few years. Aalborg is worried that the city is slowly following this trend as more and more students decide to travel around the city by car rather than by bike. The city wants to address some of the barriers to cycling in order to counteract this trend.
Aalborg will design a high-quality commuter cycling route between the city centre and the university. The overall objective of the measure has been to increase the number of trips made by bicycle and thus improve energy efficiency and public health. On a strategic level this means that the measure focuses on increasing the modal split of cycling amongst students and other people travelling along the corridor.
In order to achieve these objectives a concept for the cycle motorway has been developed. The concept is based on developing a cycle stretch with specific attention to the following three subjects:
- Free flow conditions for cyclist: The focus is on establishing a cycle stretch without unnecessary stops and detours. Recent Danish research has revealed that these factors are important in relation to the choice of the bicycle as a means of transport
- Traffic safety: The route should be a safe route for cyclist.
- Visibility and service: Providing cyclists with extra services is seen as a way to increase the attractiveness of cycling. In addition, these extra services are a way of making cycling visible across the city, and thereby to promote cycling.
These focus areas have been the prerequisites »in the «design of the route and the choice of the different initiatives on the route, financed by the ARCHIMEDES project.