Smart Track

The SMART TRACK infrastructural cycling project is a big step forward in promoting cycling in Russia and creating an ecological urban environment. It was implemented on the platform of the Institute of Urban Studies, the project of the AIRA company, which studies the phenomenon of the city, explores the urban environment and creates new innovative projects in the sphere of urban improvement. In the process of creating the SMART TRACK concept, pedestrians, drivers and cyclists were polled in order to help our specialists develop the safest and the most comfortable design of the city bike lanes.

Modern bike lanes

SMART TRACK includes not only a bicycle track with LED lighting based on the SELIN technology, which is shockproof and noticeable at any time of the day and in bad weather conditions but also everything around it: bicycle parking, rental stations, repair shops, WCs, cafes and first-aid posts. The poll conducted by AIRA has shown that 73% of citizens are ready to switch to bicycles in case the relevant infrastructure is provided. This means that big cities will a have a chance for a clean air and reduced traffic. Thus, the study showed that at the initial level, SMART TRACK will reduce the number of traffic jams by1 %, then by10% in 1 year, and by 15% in 10 years.

The bike lanes are equipped with special light sensors that indicate the direction of movement and the maximum permissible speed. In addition, they react to the movement of a cyclist 20 meters before the intersection and include additional lighting on the roadway. This innovation will increase the bicycle safety, especially at night, which will undoubtedly affect the popularization of this means of transport. According to statistics, SMART TRACK will reduce the level of accidents associated with bicyclists by up to 90%.

Popularization of bicycle lanes

The pilot project was launched in 2016 in the city of Almetyevsk, where a whole network of bicycle lanes appeared. The SMART TRACK system was used there, which immediately attracted the attention of many politicians, public figures and urban activists who were interested in the innovation. A year later, on the eve of the Victory Day, in Grozny, a full-scale SMART TRACK project was presented, and the president of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, came there by bicycle. After the cutting of the ribbon ceremony with Mayor Muslim Magomedovich Khuchiev, the head of the region with more than 300 cyclists took part in a bike tour along the new lanes and central streets of Grozny.

For Innopolis, a satellite city of Kazan, AIRA presented an expanded version of the bicycle infrastructure. The SMART bicycle lane is equipped with bike counters, parking lots, rest areas, and a cafe. In addition, due to the slowing and acceleration of the flashing speed of the contour highlight, cyclists can undergo a specified training. In the fall of 2017, SMART TRACK began to conquer Moscow: The first AIRA's bicycle lane opened on the territory of Mishino in Khimki.

Design of bicycle lanes

Specialists of the Institute help with designing and creating the layout plan for SMART TRACK bicycle lanes around the city, as well as think over the scheme of the location of infrastructure zones adapted for the local building features.

Investment appeal

In addition to creating a comfortable environment for the residents, interactive solutions open a lot of opportunities for the development of small and medium-sized businesses. The unusual infrastructure can be an excellent area for advertising, and entrepreneurs can place cafes or souvenir shops along the smart bicycle lane if they see that the publicity of this place is high. Along the entire length of the SMART TRACK, there are installed cameras that read traffic along the road and give clear statistics on the number of drivers driving through it for the selected period of time. These figures can become the basis for the investment plan and further marketing campaign.

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