For this category, the jury of international experts selected three counting projects which are pioneering bicycle data collection in their own countries. They are inspiring examples for cities wanting to invest in bicycle facilities and measure success for the first time. One of these projects will be rewarded with the Pioneer Award at Velo-City on June 15th.
And the nominees are:
Vilamoura – Portugal (Inframoura)
The city of Vilamoura is a very well-known touristic destination in Algarve, Portugal. It is part of the Loulé Municipality and has been investing in the well-being of its inhabitants and the people who visit this territory, giving absolute priority to pedestrian and bicycle mobility.
The city is a pioneer in Portugal in the quest to reclaim public spaces for pedestrians and cyclists, and has also set up the first sustainable and rational bike sharing system in Portugal. 2016 saw the city’s first investment in Eco-Counter equipment with the installation of one Eco-DISPLAY Classic.
The aim was to analyze the impact of the investments made over recent years, communicate reliable data to the public, and justify new projects in active transportation with statistical evidence. This pioneer project brought increasing interest from other cities in Portugal and from the media, as these were the first two Eco-Display Classic installed in Portugal and two of the first bicycle counters in the country.
City of Tartu – Estonia
The city of Tartu is the second biggest city in Estonia. With 100,000 inhabitants, it is often described as the intellectual and cultural capital of the country.
A few years ago, the city launched an ambitious program to make the city Estonia’s number one cycling city. A bike planner was hired and soon started to create dedicated cycling facilities throughout the city. He ordered 4 MULTI Counters in 2016 to better understand how the cyclists are using the facilities.
Since then, the city’s progress has been strong and steady, with 2 MULTI counters and 1 Eco-DISPLAY Classic in 2017, soon to be installed!
Sejong City – South Korea
The City of Sejong underwent a massive change in its urbanism policy when the South Korean government decided to relocate 36 ministries and agencies to a city that was once a farming area. This decision was taken as an attempt to decongest Seoul mega city, and create a “model city” for further inspiration.
Massive investments were made to create the city itself and officials are now also investing in bicycle infrastructure and counters to attract commuters to active transportation options.
4 Eco-DISPLAY Classic were installed in 2016, and are the first of their kind not only in South Korea, but in all of Asia. These communication devices are going to be used to make cycling visible in the city and show future inhabitants that the city is taking bicycle and active transportation seriously.
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