Tailored tracks composed of standard modules
Multi-use of existing traffic space
Existing traffic space can be used to provide efficient bike highway routes. Especially well suited are:
Tram lines – urb-x can be constructed above them
Alongside highways and main roads
Next to train tracks
Above small channels or any utility tubes
In many situations urb-x tracks offer additional noise reduction for the neighborhood
Neighborhoods welcome wood as a building material
Using existing traffic space simplifies planning, construction & maintenance
Roundabouts are the recommended way of implementing junctions. The urb-x system architecture fosters a smooth flow of bicycle traffic.
A standard small roundabout with a diameter of 10 metres is recommended to be used to join 3 tracks or to attach exit or entry lanes.
Larger roundabouts can be created by using standard curve elements with a radius of 10m , 12m or larger.
Track entries/exits can be realized with standard elements. To keep the gradient of the entries/exits below the recommended 6% it is recommended to use the existing topography. Using a helix as a ramp saves space.
Entries and exits are designed individually and adapted to the local situation and topography.
Special modules facilitate the design of exits & entries.
Standard span between two pillars is 20 meters. Wider spans using standard modules are possible, require tailored support structure.
Standard support modules could also be used for wider spans than 20 meters.
For spans larger than 60 meters a tailored support structure is required.
In tropical or hot climate urb-x track could be covered with a shade roof of indigenous plants
A green roof can also be used to cross ecologically sensitive areas and organically embed urb-x routes into such landscapes
In climatically humid areas, it may be advisable to cover all or part of the urb-x route in order to offer commuters predictable year-round trafficability.
In particularly confined areas, the realisation of ascents and descents by lift is an option
The initial conception of urb-x routes is done by means of an easy-to-use web tool. Route designs created in this way can be refined iteratively.
3D representations of a route designed with the web tool can be created at the touch of a button
An integrated traffic simulation can present a visualisation of the traffic flows and check a specific operational situation in advance
The route design serves as the basis for the detailed planning in CAD or BIM (building information system) format.