There is a clear need for smart city planners to obtain a better understanding of the place of bicycles in the overall transportation mix in order to improve the safety of the streets for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
The City of Kitchener in Ontario expected its population to increase dramatically over the next three years. They wanted to diversify the city’s transportation modes to prevent future gridlock and to reimagine travel options in response to an increase in the population and density of the downtown area.
The City of Kitchener, who selected CIMCON’s smart city platform and its traffic analytics solution. CDW, which is an international IT services and solutions provider.
CIMCON’s NearSky smart city platform allows cities to deploy multiple sensors by leveraging the existing streetlight infrastructure. In addition the traffic analytics solution enables the transportation planners to measure and understand bicycle usage in the city.
The platform was installed on two streets and used to count bicycles on roads as well as sidewalks. During one week the system detected more cyclists, 60 to 70%, using the sidewalks than the road. The plan now includes dedicated bike lanes with physical barriers to separate cars and bicycles as well as the reconfiguration of several roadways.
- A brand-new cycling infrastructure
- A plan based on accurate data on bicycle traffic
- A plan that meets the needs of the city’s growing cycling community
The author is freelance technology writer, Bob Emmerson