Bike Path Planner improves meetings with involved parties

Cleantech Region

Cleantech Region wants to make cycling more attractive as a form of transport to work, school, the station or the shops. For better regional connectivity, they are working towards creating a ‘cycling backbone’ of smooth, safe routes. The Deventer-Zutphen route is an important part in this. The Bike Path Planner helped.


Cleantech Region wanted a well-thought-out and popularly supported proposal for alternative bicycle routes. Together with the Municipalities of Deventer, Lochem and Zutphen, the Province of Gelderland, and the Dutch Cyclists’ Union – and under assignment to Cleantech Region – Witteveen+Bos explored a range of possible routes. With the help of the Bike Path Planner, various options were investigated, with the primary aim being to entice commuters to use their bicycles more often and make it possible to travel the fifteen kilometres between Zutphen and Deventer in a sustainable and healthy manner.

Many variations

During the design process, two routes were optimised: a rural route and one running parallel to the N348 road. After having explored many variations in terms of spatial integration, safety, and technical feasibility – among other aspects – a combined route was finally presented. The Bike Path Planner was used to support the process.

A photo of a pink cycle path with lines of a bicycle in white.<br/>

Application of the Bike Path Planner

During working groups, the Bike Path Planner was shown on a large screen. Suggested route variants could be sketched and discussed immediately. This manner of working is efficient and saves time and money. As well as this, plots and zoning plans along the route were immediately visible. This meant, for example, that a route which crossed four private plots zoned for ‘nature’ could be rejected during a meeting. Ultimately, many alternatives were generated, but they all remained clear and accessible, allowing the professionals involved to review and add to the options at a time which suited them.

Bike Path Planner

An interactive map environment in which cycle routes can be analysed by stakeholders.
A blue bike path sign.

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