Vias institute is in regular contact with official bodies in other countries, working with them on a variety of international projects. One of these projects, which began in 2016 and runs until 2018, is the ISAAC project, which is a collaboration between Belgium, Holland, Germany and Norway. The aim of the project is to provide cities and regions with the tools they need to encourage safe walking and cycling in a properly supported way.
Vias institute is in regular contact with official bodies in other countries, working with them on a variety of international projects. One of these projects, which began in 2016 and runs until 2019, is the ISAAC project, which is a collaboration between Vias institute and SWOV (NL), TU Dresden (DE), TØI (NO) and Polis (EU). This project has been commissioned by CEDR, the Conference of European Directors of Roads.
The aim of the project is to provide cities and municipalities with tailor-made evidence-based recommendations to achieve a modal shift towards active mobility. The project consists of two main elements; the development of the dynamic webtool PedBikePlanner, and a large-scale survey in nine European cities.
The PedBikePlanner webtool (www.pedbikeplanner.eu) consists of more than 50 fact sheets of measures to stimulate walking and cycling. Based on the characteristics of the city, the tool ranks the different measures based on their potential to improve walking and cycling in this city. The instrument advises based on local conditions of the city, such as current travel patterns and modal split, road safety, the road environment, population and policy ambitions. Each fact sheet provides a summary of the scientific evidence about the effects of the measure on mobility (mode choice), road safety and security, as well as references to more detailed documents and implementation guidelines.
The ISAAC project conducted an extensive survey on active travel behaviour in order to gain a better understanding of people's motivations behind walking, cycling and the use of Personal e-Transporters (electric transport devices such as electric scooter, monowheel,...). The survey interrogated a total of more than 2000 respondents in nine European cities: Ghent & Liège (BE), Tilburg & Groningen (NL), Bergen & Trondheim (NO), and Düsseldorf, Dortmund & Berlin (DE). The survey provides insight in people’s determinants of travel behaviour and barriers hindering walking/cycling more frequently. The results are currently being finalised, and a link to the final results will be added soon.
Vias institute was one of the main conceptors of the design of the PedBikePlanner webtool, as well as the partner responsible for the survey data collection and analysis.