Unbundling as a Solution of Many Traffic Problems

  • Competition for the same traffic space is fierce. Intersection-free, fluid traffic is nearly impossible in urban areas

  • The unbundling of modes of transport is only possible using the third dimension

  • In terms of costs and technology, cycle traffic is easiest to direct at high altitudes

  • Elevated bike lanes (BikeHighways) offer a lot in terms of transport:

    • Unbundling and streamlining of all modes of transport

    • Better use of limited traffic space

    • More safety, due to fewer intersections by differing strengths and speeds of means of transport

urb-x - a Modular Lightweight Construction System

  • In order to enable building elevated BikeHighways cost-effectively, urb-x relies on a completely modular lightweight construction system made of wood.

  • Standardised connectors ensure that track and support elements can be arranged in almost any order

  • Using glulam as the main material permits the use of modern, automated lightweight construction with excellent physical properties

More Safety

  • The management system consisting of integrated sensors and guidance signals makes a significant contribution to safety by informing users in due time

  • The special surface used for urb-x tracks enables high traction with low rolling resistance

  • Pavement heating integrated into the track ensures non-slip cycling even at temperatures below zero

  • The wing-shaped railing, optimised for bike routes, enables comfortable cycling even for altitude-sensitive cyclists and offers fall protection that greatly exceeds current standards

  • The use of photovoltaic modules implemented in composite glass, which are integrated into the railings, allows for a strong reduction of risk of injury in the event of falls due to its deflecting function

  • The separation of traffic directions significantly reduces the potential for collisions

  • Two lanes in each direction allow safe overtaking even in heavy traffic

The BikeHighway-Network as an Opportunity

  • urb-x generates its greatest benefit as a mode of transport from the agglomeration to the borders of the city centre

  • The 15-minute city becomes a reality in a radius of 10km surrounding the city centre

  • Ideally, an agglomeration should make use of existing access points

  • Train, tram or motorway routes that were previously used unilaterally can gain a secondary use with urb-x

  • A complete network has the potential to transfer 25-40% of all sub-20km journeys made by car to the bike/e-bike

Efficient, Minimally Invasive Construction

  • Prefabricated modules are mounted continuously from a starting point onto previously constructed pillars

  • The construction process takes place sequentially in the following order:

    1. Measuring and positioning the pillars

    2. Mounting the support elements

    3. Placing the track elements

    4. Installing railings

    5. Inserting photovoltaic modules into railing mounts

    6. Mounting the light and sensor mast

  • Depending on the situation, between 100 and 250m of track can be constructed per week

Favourable Economics - Total Cost of Ownership


    • approx. EUR 2 Mio. per km urb-x route without supports & ramps

    • EUR 300 - 500 thousand per km urb-x Strecke für Abstützung (je nach Topographie)

    • On-ramps (approx. EUR 200 - 400 thousand per on-ramp)


  • Savings of approx. 3,000 tons of CO2 during construction per km of track compared to construction in steel/concrete

  • Savings of 100 tons of CO2 per year and km of track through use for electricity production

  • Approx. EUR 100 thousand per year through the generation of electricity

  • Savings in maintenance (no winter road maintenance, fewer inspections)

  • Reduced land use

  • Dual-Use-Income (e.g. use of the route for power lines, use for charging stations, etc.).

  • Savings from unnecessary noise protection measures

  • Long-term savings through selective replacement of defective modules

Financial Support/Subsidies

  • Potentially eligible for various financial support programs fostering sustainable traffic and development

  • Easy to demonstrate, determined economic parameters

  • Rapid reality