From 2014 to 2017, the City of Aarhus in Denmark ran the Smart Mobility project, which consisted of 22 mobility management pilot projects. The pilots developed, tested and evaluated different ‘soft measures’ and their impact on commuting behaviour. Their evaluation has delivered a wealth of knowledge and expertise on how to influence people to commute differently.
Experience in the Danish capital Copenhagen, suggests that preventing motorised traffic from using short sections of a major thoroughfare enhances the use of the route by cyclists. This is the result of the implementation of so-called 'filtered permeability' on two sections of Nørrebrogade, in central Copenhagen.
Copenhagen continues to act as a pioneer for safe, accessible and innovative cycling networks.
A year ago, Copenhagen introduced Variable Message Signs (VMS) for cyclists, offering real-time data on congestion and disruptions in surrounding transport networks.
One of the most complicated and pressing issues in today's urban areas is the increasing tension between the population's demand for more mobility and finite city infrastructure. The Smart City community is looking at ways to help solve this challenge - the first step requiring the digitalisation of mobility services and infrastructure. This will help identify where the barriers are and to prioritise appropriate travel behaviours.
The Bicycle as a sensor: Developing a Connected Cycling Eco-system
The City of Aarhus has inaugurated the first part of its light rail network, the Aarhus Letbane. On 21 December, it opened the first phase the network, a 12-kilometer loop that services 12 stations. The light rail replaces existing bus lines, and thereby reduces noise and pollution. At the same time, the light rail is expected to drive urban development, thanks to a better connection between nieghbourhoods and the city.
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The municipal Housing Office in Aarhus has joined forces with car sharing company Tadaa! to offer rental electric cars to its tenants.
The scheme started in Autumn 2016, with 10 vehicles rolled out so far. Currently, 2,300 residents are able to use them. Through an app, they book in the timeslots in which they would like to use the vehicles.
Users pay a monthly subscription of 99 Danish Krone (DKK (13 euros), in addition to a fee for the number of kilometres they drive and the time they have the car.
It is perhaps not the reason that people are used to hearing from somebody explaining why they were late: that there was congestion in the cycle lanes. Yet precisely this situation has arisen in Copenhagen.
For the first time, bikes outnumber cars in Copenhagen. Last year, sensors recorded 265,700 bicycles entering the city centre on a daily basis against 252,600 cars.