BITS project second launch at the Velo-city 2019
CIE and partners have put ITS at the heart of the most influential cycling conference in the world, Velo-city held in Dublin (Ireland) 24-28 June 2019.
On Tuesday, 25 June, the ‘Tech’ day of the conference, Kevin Mayne, CEO of Cycling Industries Europe and Marjolijn Boot, Head of Public Space and Mobility in the Provincie of Overijssel presented the international Bicycles and ITS Project (BITS) funded under the Interreg North Sea Region Programme to a large audience. The participants were very much attracted finding out how using Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) could lead to safer, more efficient, and more sustainable transport.
Furthermore, Cycling Industries Europe (CIE) and its BITS project have collaborated with Velo-city 2019 and Smart Dublin to arrange a technical visit to Google EMEA Headquarters and to promote a Smart Pedal Pitch competition for cycling innovations on June 25th. Over 40 companies including many CIE members applied for Smart Pedal Pitch. Aiming at seeking the most innovative and market ready smart cycle tech solutions to shape the future of cycling in cities the final ten projects were presented. After judging and an audience vote, finalists were narrowed down to three from which Nüwiel came out as winner with their cargo trailer.
According to CIE this can be taken as the start of a programme to support businesses that have products or innovations in the Cycling ITS sector including connected cycling tech, data tools, Apps, digital services or artificial intelligence solutions for cycling. Cycling contributes to economically vibrant, less congested, healthier cities. Despite this there has been limited success in bringing cycling into EU initiatives for Big Data, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and Smart Cities, even though there are many innovators creating products and data at local and national level.
An ITS Expert Group will be formed within CIE’s membership to create policy and a strategy which will be a blueprint for the cycling industries and the European Union Cycling Strategy. Companies wishing to be member of the group can send an expression of interest to CIE.
The BITS Project is also an opportunity to see best practices, new innovations and standardised data samples piloted in six European regions and on a virtual CyclingDataHub. CIE has to identify commercial solutions, innovations and best practices for the project. Co-creation activities and workshops will allow partners to learn from the companies during the project, which will boost start-ups and innovators.
For more information or to express an interest in joining CIE Expert Group on Bicycle and Intelligent Transport Systems (BITS) please contact Ayse Sumer, CIE Programme and Networks Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org .
Those wanting to know more about CIE’s Bicycles and ITS work can read more in a CIE news article here
See news story on Bike Europe here