A conceptual depiction of a livable cityscape with many micromobility vehicles

E-Bike City

What if cities reallocated fifty percent of their road space to micromobility, such as bikes, cargo bikes and e-scooters? This pioneering plan is at the heart of E-Bike City. Developed in collaboration with engineers, city planners and residents, the project is reshaping the future of urban mobility.

Project partners

ETH Zurich logo and DBAUG logo

Communicating desirable futures

From principle to tangible

E-bike City proposes strong design principles to shape the future cityscape. Two animations show key elements: What might socially just neighbourhoods look like?

This content is versatile and suitable for various contexts including dynamic keynotes or PR material.

video stills of a future urban cityscape, more traditional
video stills of a future urban cityscape, more dynamic
a map legend describing various road types for cars, bikes, etc.

Visualize change

From the familiar to the extraordinary: Our interactive visuals bring to life the transformative changes in neighborhoods. What's evolving? How will it benefit communities? Dive into a before-and-after comparison that highlights tangible benefits of E-bike City.

Presenting multi-faceted depth

Diving into Sub-Projects

Each of the ten sub-projects plays a vital role in the map, acting as building blocks of the main project. To show their significance, we have chosen an unique combination of editorial illustrations and information graphics.

This dual pairing is designed to offer a comprehensive and engaging introduction, seamlessly connecting the intricate details of each sub-project with the larger project narrative.

a road with three lanes that are dynamically allocated to bicylce or cars through digital road signage
Editorial Illustration: Dynamic Road allocation
an information graphic showing the dependecies of road space allocation and travel time for both bicycles and cars with dynamic lane allocation, travel times are optimised
E-Bike City: Dynamic Lane Allocation
an information graphic showing the dependecies of road space allocation and travel time for both bicycles and cars with fixed lane allocation, there is congestion at certain times
Traditional: Fixed Lane Allocation

Subprojects inform the whole

Public Transport

What if it's raining? This project focuses on adapting public transport routes and frequencies in response to weather-driven demand variations.

an information graphic displaying the modal split in 2018 and 2050 and its wheather dependencies, in the 2050 scenario i cl es blic transport are the dominant means of transportation, on rainy days there is a public transport system
an information graphic displaying the modal split in 2018 and 2050 and its wheather dependencies, in the 2050 scenario cycling and public transport are the dominant means of transportation, on rainy days there is a shift from cycling to the public transport system

Network Planning

Who is planning the new network? This project leads the algorithmic design of the new multi-modal transportation network and its capacity.

five input sliders determine the new network design, minimum 50% of roadspace is dedicated to active modes, the new network ensures accesibility for both cyclists and cars
an ideal crossing design, with dedicated safe areas for cyclists and pedestrians, right of way for busses, the new crossing encompasses plenty of greenery and trees

Network optimization

Who decides what network is preferable? This project offers mathematical network optimization and a multi-criteria evaluation framework for innovative network designs.

two inputs drive a mathenmatical network optimisation process, in a scanning zone the network is assessed with different criteria, inputs are saftey and road space allocation, bike versus car
an information graphic showing a close up of a neighbourhood in two different states driven by varying inputs, emphasis on cycling importance and safety shows a bike friendly network design

Public Opinion

What are residents' wishes and concerns? This project examines public attitudes towards the new policies and potential street design from the perspective of residents.

an abstract public space, various citizens in the background, surveys and ballot boxes illustrate the topic of participation
a process diagram on the involvment of the public opinion with 3 stages, two surveys lead to the third stage, the recommendation policies and street designs

Costs and Safety

What about the costs? This project weighs infrastructure costs against savings from accident reduction and health benefits.

a scale weighing the costs and the saftey gains of the proposed transformation of the urban space
a diagram illustrating investments versus savings, return of invest at approximately 8 years, long term savings projected

Agents and Activities

How are citizens represented in the simulation? This project develops choice models for daily schedules, guiding agent's behaviour in the simulation process.

various citizens arranged around a map and an itinerary, a large arrow pointing at a computer illustrates the adaption of citizens behaviour to virtual agents
three exemplary daily schedules of agents in the simulation

Explore the research behind E-Bike City