A system that limits the speed of electric bicycles will be tested on Dutch roads
Schiphol Airport, located on the outskirts of Amsterdam, is preparing to test a new system that will automatically reduce its speed when the fastest electric bicycle approaches. According to Het Parool, this bicycle is called a high-speed electric bicycle or S-type electric bicycle. It can drive at a speed of 45 kilometers per hour (28 miles per hour) per hour, and for safety reasons, it will be slowed down to a normal bicycle. speed. Ensuring low-speed driving will eventually allow S-shaped bicycles equipped with Intelligent Speed Assistant (ISA) to drive along dedicated bicycle lanes around the Netherlands with other cyclists.
Schiphol Airport is trying to increase the number of employees who work by bike, focusing on employees who live within 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) of the airport. The adoption of the new system will undoubtedly help make those longer commutes easier to manage, while also reducing the road congestion around busy airports. Currently, S-type electric bike riders must wear helmets and are prohibited from using bicycle lanes due to the unsafe speed differences they cause. The price of this bicycle is also very expensive, but a new government support plan launched in January allows employees to rent one at a lower price. For example, an electric bike of 3000 Euros (about 3260 USD) can be rented by the employer at a price of about 7 Euros (7.60 USD) per month.
To help manage the influx of fast electric bicycles, bicycle lanes near Schiphol Airport have been mapped and photographed, including traffic signs. These maps are used in conjunction with the GPS and speed limiter on the electric drive of the S-type electric bicycle to automatically reduce the speed of fast electric bicycles. In addition, it is also considered to control the traffic signal so that the rider will go green all the way along the route. According to Het Parool, another use is to warn riders by vibrating the handlebars.
Currently, only 4,000 of the 66,000 airport employees at Schiphol Airport ride bicycles to work. Compared to Amsterdam, this is rare, and about half of commuting in Amsterdam is by bicycle. In September, Schiphol Airport announced a plan to increase the number of bicycle commuters to 7,000 by the end of this year and to 10,000 by the end of 2024. Schiphol and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Resources are investing in riding "highways" between cities, hoping to make their goals a reality.
Regarding the Schiphol system, there are still many unknown places, Het Parool said it will start testing soon. But first, the airport must prove that it can slow down the bicycle. After that, it must be ensured that all S-type electric bicycles are equipped with ISA, which may be supported by the European Transportation Safety Commission.