New BITS project to “reduce CO2 emissions and increase bicycle use”

A new multi stakeholder project on Bicycle and ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) is aiming to reduce CO2 emissions by 9% and increase bicycle use by 10%, within target groups.

Under the BITS project, ten partners from top cycling countries came together in a consortium to raise awareness of best practices of ‘Smart Cycling’, and to provide implementers with ‘ready-to-use’ information and evidence from different regions.

The project, co-funded by the North Sea Region Programme, has a budget of €5 million over three years. From 7th to 8th March 2019, a ‘kick-off meeting’ was held in Zwolle, the Netherlands. Overijssel is leading the overall project.

Marjolijn Boot, head of the spacial planning and mobility unit in Overijssel, said: “We are very eager to find new smart IT solutions to make the use of the bike even more attractive for people. With the world leading stakeholders in cycling we look forward to achieve smart cycling solutions for the society as whole.”

At the end of the project, the demonstration of the applications and collected cycling data will allow stakeholders worldwide to use the data for applications and policies. The effectiveness of the solutions will be evaluated and the results will be disseminated to other regions.


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