Everything that increases the functionality in the field of intelligence, comfort and safety by integrating smart electronics in the bike itself or in the accessories (clothing, helmets, glasses, wearables, ...).
Also the environment wherein the cyclist operates (infrastructure, other road users). Again with an improved cycling experience in mind (safety, interaction with other elements in traffic).
BikeValley wants to tap into unused economical potential within the cycling- and related industries. Aerodynamic optimization in several product developments as well. By the internationalization from the bottom-up cluster, the members and start-ups can utilize even more opportunities within the ecosystem. This ensures an even more explicit pioneering role in cycling- and aerodynamic technology.
In the Euregio Maas-Rijn (EMR) a so-called rectangle of international cycling routes can be identified. From east, south, west and north we subsequently can identify: Vennbahn, Ligne 38, Meuse-à-Vélo and Trambaanfietsroute (the latter to be realized). For and within this rectangle the partnership wishes to stimulate inhabitants and visitors to use a bike instead of a car by for functional and recreational use, creating a conclusive offer of facilities in order to cycle safer, easier, faster, smarter and with more fun. The area within the rectangle will be developed as THE cycling area in the EMR as a result of which more visitors will come to and spend subsequent days in the region.
Within BikeValley tourism and recreation is one of the 5 important pillars for open innovation co-creation. A report from transport&mobility Leuven states for the European cycling economy an economic growth from 650.000 jobs to an estimated 1.000.000 jobs. Due to the growth in bicycle tourism. Limburg has an extensive offer with f.a. "Knooppuntennetwerk", "Avonturenberg Beringen", "Circuit Zolder", "Avondfietsen&BMX", "BikeValley windtunnel", "Fietsen door het water & de lucht", etc. And the attendance of many leading companies who are known worldwide (Ridley, BioRacer, RsPrint, ...)
Different cities and regions in the area are considering cycle highways as a new and cost efficient solution for medium distance (5-20 kilometres) commuting towards and from urban employment poles. The CHIPS project will develop transnational standards and approaches and test, demonstrate and roll out solutions and tools that enable regions to tap the full potential of cycle highways as an attractive commuting option.
By redesigning cycle highways in 5 regions to high quality standards, both with regard to infrastructural and non-infrastructural aspects, CHIPS will demonstrate the potential impact of this mobility concept as a sustainable modal shift towards low carbon commuting in the NEW region.
In the world of cycling sport everyone has the need for speed and is searching for solutions to go faster. When a cyclist rides at a speed of 50km/h he/she has to produce roughly 500 Watts to maintain that speed. About 20% of the total power is consumed by air resistance of the bike. By developing faster bikes and wheels a cyclist can perform better while outputting the same effort.
One of the objective is to design and build a system that is able to measure the right type of data. At this moment, the wind tunnel that is present at BikeValley is able to measure the drag of a bike. However as most of the measurements are performed with a rider included the accuracy of the sensor might be too low to capture the aerodynamic differences we are looking for. These aerodynamic differences are small in comparison with the total system of cyclist and rider but can make a substantial difference on the bike aerodynamics.
During this trajectory a new climate room (steering O2, humidity and temperature) was installed in collaboration with all partners. New concepts for an optimized cooling strategy was developed and tested.