SMART CYCLING FUTURES
- 1 september 2016
- 31 augustus 2019
- Volkshuisvesting, Bouw en Ruimtelijke Ordening, Toerisme, Sport en Recreatie
Cycling booms in many Dutch cities. While smart cycling innovations promise to increase cycling's modal share in the (peri-)urban transport system even further, little is understood of their impact or cost and benefit. The 'Smart Cycling Futures (SCF)' program investigates how smart cycling innovations - including ICT-enabled cycling innovations, infrastructures, and social innovations like new business models - contribute to more resilient and liveable Dutch urban regions. Cycling innovations benefit urban regions in terms of accessibility, equality, health, liveability, and decreasing CO2-emissions when socially well embedded. To facilitate a transition to a sustainable future that respond to pressing issues, the SCF research project runs urban living labs in close collaboration with key stakeholders to develop transdisciplinary insights in the conditions needed for upscaling smart-cycling initiatives. Each living lab involving real-world experiments responds to the urgent challenges that urban regions and their stakeholders face today. The proposed research sub-programs focus on institutional dynamics, entrepreneurial strategies, governance and the socio-spatial conditions for smart cycling. Going beyond analysis, we also assess the economic, social, and spatial impacts of cycling on urban regions. The research program brings together four Dutch regions through academic institutions (three general and one applied-science universities); governmental authorities (urban and regional); and market players (innovative entrepreneurs). Together, they answer practice-based questions in a transdisciplinary and problem-oriented fashion. Research in the four regions generates both region-specific and universally applicable findings. Finally, SCF uses its strong research-practice network around cycling to co-create the research and run an outreach program.