Cycling wins prestigious Flemish Road Safety Award

12 March 2020 - Published by CIE Communications

Cycling project wins prestigious Road Safety Award

On 10th March, at the Flemish Road Safety Congress 2020, our BITS (Bicycles and Intelligent Transport Systems) project partner Province of Antwerp won the Flemish Road Safety Award for their BITS pilot project using 3D-camera technology to improve road safety for cyclists.In the BITS project, ITS are implemented to make cycling safer and more attractive.

Luk Lemmens, Legal Representative for Mobility explained: “Through this camera technology, a daily average of 24 near accidents between cyclists was detected. Additionally, the analysis shows that the number of near accidents between cyclists and motorized traffic (daily average of eight) is as high as the number of near accidents between motorized traffic (daily average of seven). The specificity of this retrieved data will help guide the development and implementation of effective road safety measures.” For more details about the pilot and retrieved data, watch this video by the Province of Antwerp (in Dutch).

Ronald Jorna, BITS Project Manager from the Province of Overijssel, believes the success of this pilot sets the tone for our future BITS pilots: “The award-winning 3D-camera project in the Province of Antwerp clearly shows that ITS can help to improve the safety of cyclists. We expect that other ITS implementations in the BITS project will show that ITS can also improve the speed, comfort and/or cycling experience. ITS will make cycling smarter and thus more attractive!”

Congratulations to Luk Lemmens, Tina Caers and the entire Province of Antwerp team who worked on this pilot!