Creating smart cycling infrastructure through cooperation
NCC believes that cooperation is a positive starting point to develop a smart cycling infrastructure for the future. We work in networks together with various stakeholders in the cycling issues. In addition, we are liaising with a lawyer who is looking at the opportunities for municipalities to cooperate on a cycling infrastructure within the framework of the Public Procurement Act.
NCC has gathered together a Nordic team to manage cycling-related issues in a wider perspective. The entire cycling flow– from the home to the place of work and the various service functions, and the roads that link these places, play a central role. Our various business areas contribute with the know-how and the insights they have gained from all types of urban development projects in different countries. Where the bicycle is treated as a natural element.
More than just building cycle lanes
Currently, our development efforts focus on three areas: smart bicycle parking solutions, longer cross-city cycling routes and safe passage for cyclist. We have gathered together functional and safe solutions under the name NCC Cycle Logics.
Long, connected cycle routes that enable commuter cyclists to cross the cities, are not only necessary, they are also extremely cost effective. If we become involved at an early stage of the process, we as builders of the cycle lanes can plan more efficiently and carry out some of the work during the off-peak season, for instance. This approach ensures more infrastructure for the money spent. The goal is to find safe and functional solutions for all types of cyclists, from children on their way to school to the "Lycra-clad cyclists" who commutes to work on by bicycle at high speed.
At NCC, we are accustomed to working with roads and cycle lanes. That is why we are putting the spotlight on smart and safe passages for all road-users including cyclists. Furthermore, everyone who is trained in the "Work on the road" by NCC will receives an introduction to the daily life of a cyclist. What are the hazardous and dangers for cyclist and how should they be avoided? Which solutions are safer?
The cycling infrastructure is an investment in society
The car is currently the most popular way to commute to work. On average, each journey takes approximately 30 minutes, so travel times are relatively short. By enabling people to cycle to a greater extent, we can take a significant step forward towards to a better life style and closer to a fossil-free society.
Cycling provides major socioeconomic gains. The research speaks for itself: Reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases, reduced sickness absence and enormous health benefits compared with driving a car.
An inclusive city
Bicycles don't need to cost a lot so they are easily accessible for everyone. Increased mobility for everyone creates a more inclusive city. In this way, cycling can contribute to reducing social exclusion.