Province of Utrecht maps out cycling routes and air quality

We cycle a lot in the Netherlands, about 880 kilometres per person per year, says Fietsersbond. This means that the bicycle accounts for almost a quarter of our journeys. But we can do more. Too often the car is taken unnecessarily. The central government is also aware that this needs to change.

The government is launching the Tour de Force programme in collaboration with provinces and municipalities. With this programme they want to increase the number of cycling kilometres in the Netherlands by 20% over the next ten years. In tour de Force the governments are looking at the most important challenges to make cycling attractive. The province of Utrecht is launching the Green Bicycle project. By means of sensors on bicycles, the province wants to map out frequently used bicycle routes and measure the air quality.

Effective policy

The project aims to use the information that becomes available for the development of more effective policies. So that inhabitants of the province of Utrecht will be able to cycle more often. The sensors for this project are supplied by Sodaq. With the sensors they measure the level of particulate matter, the temperature, humidity and GPS locations. The information from the sensors is stored on the Civity data platform and used for the development of a dashboard.

The first enthusiastic volunteers in Zeist after handing out the sensors in June 2019.


The first phase of the project runs until the end of 2018. If successful, the province wants to expand the project and involve more citizens. With a better understanding of cycling routes and air quality, the province of Utrecht can take more effective measures to improve cycling quality. And that is another incentive to cycle more often

Do you also want to start a project with sensors or collect and store data in a low-threshold way? Civity is a specialist in the field of data logistics and helps to make this data usable. Please contact us and we will gladly tell you about our experiences and knowledge.

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