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City of Bruges uses bike to measure particulate matter (Belgium)

By Jan Christiaens / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
Bruges is the first city in Flanders to start using a bike to measure particulate matter on its territory. The results will be used to reveal and map hotspots which need improvement.
It’s an absolute first for a city in Flanders: only one bike of its kind exists and the city has bought it. The city aims to conduct systematic measurements for short periods to map differences in the concentration of particulate matter, says Hilde Decleer, Alderman of the City of Bruges. Until acquiring the bike, the city used a fixed measuring device which could not be flexibly deployed.

The bike, which cost €42,675, is equipped with state-of-the-art measuring technology developed by the Flemish Institute for Technological Research. The biggest advantage is that the technology allows the measurement not only of small particulate matter but also of ultra-small particulate matter. Moving measurements can also be taken since the equipment is completely shock-proof.

The bike will be used two to three times a week throughout the city territory. The measurements will be done by a laboratory scientist from the city’s Environmental Service and the results will be analysed in a dedicated lab.

The overall objective is to map the hotspots so that the city’s mobility management policy can become more effective and efficient. The results will also be used to promote collective transport, walking and cycling.

Source: De Morgen

Photo credits: Donar Reiskoffer Wikipedia Creative Commons
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