The European Green Deal demands smarter mobility – and cycling is stepping up
CIE's Expert Group on connected cycling and Intelligent Transport Systems (CCITS EG) is now up and running. The 1st Webex meeting held on 19 March 2020 had over 20 companies actively participating, with Raymond Gense, Director of Future Technologies at PON, in the chair.
This is right on time, because the EU Commission and many other partners are beating a path to CIE’s door to ask for expertise and coordination from across the whole cycling sector, from connected bikes to collecting data on cycle use for cities. This burst of energy in the ITS sector has definitely been helped by the publication of the EU Green Deal and the recent passage into legislation of the EU Climate Law. There is a huge need to transform transport emissions in the EU as part of the deal, but actions on local and urban transport are currently limited.
To respond to these and other challenges the CIE Expert Group has decided to start working and cataloguing the initiatives and opportunities for cycling ITS under four provisional headings which will help the next steps of our advocacy and projects.
- MaaS - Mobility as a Service – working with the CIE Bike Share Expert Group and supported by a new CIE membership of the world-leading Mobility as a Service Alliance which brings MaaS Experts from all sectors together.
- Bike technology and tools improving rider experience. Working with companies that create applications, devices, routing, gamification, reporting, on-bike control systems, automation etc. to build an overall catalogue of smart cycling technologies.
- Connected, collaborative and automated mobility (CCAM) is a big and complex field which includes all the EU regulatory work on automated driving. In this area our partners at CONEBI are leading the cycling industry representation on the EU’s CCAM Platform, so we will support them as needed.
- The fourth work area is data. This is both a huge topic in its own right, but also a cross-cutting topic to ensure that the data needs of the three areas above are supported and coordinated to drastically improve cycling policies and anchoring cycling in broader mobility policies and share this data for multimodal future. This work will also feed the CyclingDataHub in the BITS-project to share, analyse and visualize the data (>100 data sets). The process of developing big datasets and smart datasets is extremely interactive and allows stakeholders to give very rapid feedback on the effectiveness of the tools developed. Aggregation of multiple datasets in a CyclingDataHub means that all contributors of data can receive enriched datasets and feed them back to their users rapidly. This prompts users to use the systems more and further enriches the datasets.
Even though these headings are broad, the Experts taking part in the group already identified political and business benefits to the sector if we can coordinate the work of cycling businesses in a structured way, exactly in line with the overall mission of CIE and CIE’s support for the BITS project.
The objective of the group is:
- Delivering and coordinating the aspects of ITS that relate to consumer behaviour and growth in cycle use
- Delivering the BITS-project -business aspects and provide the business input for BITS-project data hub and pilot projects
- Addressing the coordination of business development in:
- The transformation in customer relationships that will come through the digitalisation of the consumer relationship
- Applications, tools and methods for multi-modal transport systems (MaaS)
- Applications, tools and methods for maintaining and improving the rider experience; routing, reporting, on-bike control systems, apps, etc.
- Data policy, standards, sharing and open data availability, including EU regulation on nationally available data sets (NAPs)
- Creating a directory of service providers for local governments to use in tenders and calls
- Creating a catalogue for products (apps, data, etc.) and services
- The emerging need for an ITS roadmap within the EU Cycling Strategy and the BITS-project
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JOINING THE GROUP?
This group is a membership-driven initiative which works together with the support of the CIE Secretariat. Membership is open to all Cycling Industries Europe members.
Why join the Connected Cycling and Intelligent Transport Systems Expert Group?
The European leadership group works on all aspects of ITS in European Policy, except the connected and regulated vehicle segment where CONEBI has the lead. The EG will contribute to the EU Green Deal initiatives with emphasis on ITS and MaaS as well as data related policy, strategy and platforms, including the European Digital Strategy.