bicycle culture know-how
How can the city of Helsingborg establish a bicycle culture?
Despite substantial investments in infrastructure and mobility management and considering the current climate crisis and high fuel costs, the people of Helsingborg are travelling by bicycle to a lesser extent than people in same-sized cities and in the region (Skåne) in general, as shown below:
|Share of trips made by bicycle in comparable cities and in the region Skåne (%):|
The City of Helsingborg lacks knowledge of possible incentives for and barriers against increased cycling. What is stopping families with children from commuting by bicycle and children from cycling to school? What is limiting recreational cycling in Helsingborg?
Considering the significant investments in infrastructure, including dedicated bike lanes and bike parking facilities as well as different promotion campaigns by the city, the focus of this challenge is to understand the behavior of citizens and be able to develop a “bicycle culture” in Helsingborg, this could include ways to define or measure it.
Possible solutions could involve education, gamification and providing people with resources and support that make cycling more accessible and appealing to a wider range of citizens. The city has access to real-time traffic flow data, but data for cycling is only collected from approximately ten different spots in the city.
Possible presented solution can be applicable for standard bikes, e-bikes and/or cargo bikes, which are popular in Helsingborg.
Expected to-be situation
- Increased cycling in the city
- Easier access to bicycles
- Improved/increased communication on cycling
- Increased cycling tourism
- Improved data collection on cycling traffic
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