Galileo, bicycles and security
Galileo, the perfect ally for cycling and helping achieve safe and sustainable mobility
Mobility is an important part of everyone’s daily life and in recent years the need to move towards sustainable mobility has gained importance. Sustainable mobility, among other aspects, achieves its emission reduction targets because it is more efficient; and that efficiency is achieved by using transport systems that include the use of clean energy for our planet. For this reason, in recent decades the bicycle has acquired an important position in the transport of several cities in the world.
In many cities there are initiatives to rent public bicycles to make trips within the city. This is the case of the Bicing of the city of Barcelona that was born in 2007 and that will soon be complemented with the AMBici. This new e-bike sharing program in the Barcelona metropolitan area will use Galileo’s highly accurate positioning and timing information by incorporating a Galileo-compatible GNSS receiver into each bike. In this initiative, the use of Galileo is expected to improve the quality of urban mobility services.
As already mentioned, the popularity of cycling has grown in recent years and is expected to continue to increase. Unfortunately, this increase will also be related to an increase in the number of cyclist accidents.
For this reason, in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant, where bicycle use is widespread, a test has been carried out to assess the safety of its cycling infrastructure in order to be able to draw safer cycling routes. To carry it out, along with other technologies, bicycles and cyclists have been equipped with GNSS receivers enabled for Galileo for their greater precision and positioning.
To know how this initiative has been carried out see Galileo helps map out safer cycling routes in the Netherlands | EU Agency for the Space Programme (europa.eu)