How light creates safety and identity along the Cycle Superhighways

| December 6, 2017

The wheels of light are dynamic – activated by a sensor the light moves in the direction of the cyclists.

In 2016 Aalborg University and ÅF Lighting joined forces with Cycle Superhighways to create innovative lighting for the tunnels on the Cycle Superhighways in the Capital Region of Denmark. This light project is now being implemented on the Farum route.

The main purpose of the Cycle Superhighways is to create better conditions for commuter cyclists and thus encourage more people to choose cycling to work. Therefore, safety is one of the main criteria in the development of Cycle Superhighways. Besides an increase in safety, the project was also initiated to increase readability of the Cycle Superhighways’ visual identity.

That is why the Cycle Superhighways initiated a collaboration with Aalborg University and ÅF Lighting to reach a better understanding of what is important to cyclists and to create a dynamic solution that adapts during the daily hours and during the seasons – to suit the cyclists’ needs in the best possible way.

Interactive lightning adapts to the cyclists

The lighting serves two purposes. One being functional ceiling light which adapts to the natural light outside the tunnels. This helps reduce the feeling of being blinded when entering the tunnel from bright daylight and vice versa ensure optimal lighting when it is dark.

The other being an interactive solution which creates a recognizable visual identity and can be implemented in tunnels throughout the net of Cycle Superhighways and thereby create a safe environment for cyclist as well as serve as an identity marker for the project.  The interactive light moves whenever a cyclist passes by to create a feeling of echo by previous commuters – and thereby a feeling of community.

Wheels of orange light designed to reflect the Cycle Superhighways’ identity on signs along the routes.

The concept is inspired by the bicycle wheel and moves when a cyclist passes by – creating a feeling of progress and flow. The orange colour is inspired by the Cycle Superhighways’ logo and aims to support the concept.

The Farum route has experienced a dramatic increase of cycling commuters and hence the requests for improving the tunnel lighting. Based on a study done by Gladsaxe Municipality, the commuters are highly satisfied with the tunnel light project, so much so that the lighting is now being installed in the additional 11 tunnels in Gladsaxe Municipality.

What are the Cycle Superhighways?

The Cycle Superhighways is a cooperation aimed at creating a strong network of 500 kilometres of cycle tracks across the Capital Region of Denmark. The project is a unique, inter-municipal partnership between the Capital Region of Denmark and 23 municipalities within the region. The Cycle Superhighways can potentially increase the number of commuter cyclists in the capital region by more than 30 % compared to today making the project a key factor in the overall development of sustainable mobility in the region.

Results so far

Studies show that there has been a 61 percent increase in the number of commuter cyclists on the Farum route since the opening in 2013, proving that building good cycling infrastructure increases the number of daily commuter cyclists. A realization of the planned 28 Cycle Superhighways has the potential of reducing car rides during rush hour by 1.4 million.

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