24 Jun 2015

Digital chip to ensure a green wave for cyclists in Aarhus


AarhusCycling, RFID, Traffic

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Investing in the improvement of conditions for cyclists has been a key issue for the City of Aarhus for a long time. Recently, a new service was launched which gives preference to cyclists in city traffic. This will hopefully convince several more citizens of Aarhus to choose this sustainable form of transportation.

DSC_0038The service is based on an RFID chip which is placed on the wheel of the bicycle. If possible, the chip activates a green light for cyclists via a registration box which receives a signal from the chip almost 100 metres before the intersection. At the moment, the service is in a test phase and so far 200 cyclists participate in the test where they are able to change the light to green in a specific intersection in central Aarhus. The plan is to expand the project to some of the most heavily trafficked intersections in Aarhus.

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The cycling service is being developed as part of the EU-project RADICAL, which is also part of the Smart Aarhus initiative. Besides the cycling service, a service is being developed which is meant to increase citizens’ eco-consciousness.

Read more about RADICAL at the project website: http://www.radical-project.eu/

 


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