Project Summary

CHIPS (Cycle Highways Innovation for smarter People Transport and Spatial Planning) will develop and promote cycle highways as an effective and cost efficient low carbon solution for commuting towards and from urban employment poles. CHIPS will demonstrate that, especially in combination with the growing number of e-bikes, cycle highway innovation can effectively get commuters out of their cars.

Project partners from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK will develop solutions that will help regions and mobility stakeholders to:

  • Position cycle highways as a new mobility product
  • Overcome physical and behavioural barriers that keep commuters from using cycle highways
  • Maximize synergies between cycle highways and trains, buses and cars
  • Upgrade cycle highways to key structuring elements in future spatial planning
  • Monitor performance and assess impact

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Use this link to join the CHIPS Cycle Highway Academy Group on Linkedin. Click on the "Ask to join" button.

CHIPS Linkedin Group

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Provincie Vlaams-Brabant 1 Provincieplein
Name Contact Name Email Country
Provincie Gelderland Frank Eggen Netherlands
Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain Reinhard Henke Germany
Regionalverband Ruhr Thomas Pott Germany
Verband Region Rhein-Neckar Klemens Groeger Germany
European Cyclists’ Federation Aleksander Buczyński Belgium
Flanders’ Bike Valley vzw Bert Celis Belgium
Sustrans Gordon Clarke United Kingdom
Stichting NHTV internationale hogeschool Breda Joost de Kruijf Netherlands


Diary of a successful week for CHIPS participating in Velo-city 2017

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It has been a successful week for CHIPS participating in the Velo-city 2017 conference last week: the official launch of the CHIPS video, an inspiring first cycle highway academy, the official opening of a mobility hub next to the cycle highway "Rijnwaalpad", the CHIPS partners visiting the cycle highway Arnhem-Nijmegen and a visit from the King of the Netherlands to the CHIPS exhibition stand! Read More

Velo-city Session: Cycling the Fast Lane

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Four speakers from the first generation of cycle highways (Signe Helledi from the Supercykelstier in Greater Copenhagen, Carlton Reid from the Cycle Superhighways in London, Ulrich Malburg from the Radschnellweg Ruhr network and Frederik Pousset from the Flemish fietssnelwegen) will present their ambitions and illustrate the CHIPS Assessment Tool with stories from their regional cycle highways. Read More

CHIPS Partner Provincie Vlaams-Brabant launches bike to work campaign for employers

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‘In order to tackle the traffic problem, especially the traffic jams, in our region, we want to see more people cycling’, says Tom Dehaene, Mobility representative for the Province of Flemish Brabant. ‘With this new project we want to convince employees to leave their car in the garage at home and cycle to work. Therefore we will launch a cycling campaign with businesses this summer. We will rent these business electric bicycles who can provide them to their employees for a trial period of three weeks. In this way, employees can experience what it’s like for them to cycle to work. Hopefully, they have an enjoyable experience and will be convinced to use their bicycles more for commuting to work.’ Read More

CHIPS survey exploring the barriers preventing people commuting by bike

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To enable more people to cycle to work, is one of the objectives of the European CHIPS – Cycle Highway Innovation project. The first step of the project involved a survey of workplaces located near the cycle highways in Northern Ireland (Comber Greenway), Province of Gelderland (Rijnwaalpad), Tilburg (Hart van Brabant), Province of Flemish Brabant and Frankurt to identify the barriers preventing people commuting by bike. Our CHIPS partner Sustrans took the lead in this activity and recently published a report with the results of the surveys in all partner regions. Read More

CHIPS’ Love is in the air campaign thanks cycling commuters on Valentine's Day in Belfast

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CHIPS Partners Sustrans and Translink (Northern Ireland's integrated bus and rail public transport company) have partnered on Valentine’s Day to say ‘thank you’ to bus and cycling commuters for not polluting our air. The ‘Love Is in the Air’ campaign in Belfast aimed to raise awareness of the high levels of air pollution caused mainly by car traffic. Read More

Public Events

Cycle Highway Academies

Video on the Cycle Highway Definition

A Cycle Highway is a mobility product that provides a high quality functional cycling connection. As backbone of a cycle network, it connects cities and or suburbs, residential areas and major (work)places and it satisfies its (potential) users.

A definition of a Cycle Highway according to CHIPS

The 4 phases of the Life Cycle Highway

The Life Cycle Highway Explained

The CHIPS project partners have created a four-stage approach to develop cycle highways.

tage 1 PLAN involves planning the cycle highway where the focus is on the potential use of the new infrastructure and the impact for the region. A cycle highway facilitates citizens to move by bicycle from one place to another. It connects residential areas with business districts, city centers or transportation hubs. To determine the right location and make the right connection a calculation of the expected use is needed, taking into account the future developments to plan a future proof cycle highway. The virtual planning tool is one of the useful tools of this stage.


In the second DESIGN AND BUILD stage different criteria are distinguished to design a cycle highway. The challenge is to design the best suitable cycle highway for that specific location. Therefor different criteria such as attractiveness, wayfinding, size and directness have to be taken into account. Guidelines for the infrastructure and best practices of cycle facilities can be used for this stage.


Stage 3 SELL focus on promoting the cycle highways by using different campaigns. Communication and campaigns will help to stimulate (new) cyclists to use the cycle highway. Commuters are the main target group. The engagement of employers is key to reach the commuters and create a modal shift from car to (e)-bike. How do you brand and sell the cycle highway?


In the last stage EVALUATE the use of the cycle highway is monitored to get insights in the effects of the development. Are people using the new cycle infrastructure? There are several methods to collect data about the use of the infrastructure. By monitoring the use the effect on CO2 reduction can be calculated.

Introduction to CHIPS

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