"Planning tools for bicycle traffic of the future“
Heather Kaths takes over bicycle traffic professorship at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Cycling is an important part of the mobility turnover. How this can be shaped in the future is now being taught and researched in Wuppertal: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heather Kaths is the new endowed professor for "planning tools for bicycle traffic of the future" at Bergische Universität. The professorship is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).
Heather Kaths' research focuses on simulation, real-lab and transformation. Her goal is to develop tools that enable the planning, design and evaluation of functionally differentiated, self-contained, high performance cycling networks. In order to incorporate practical experience and real-world findings, practical, functioning solution contributions are developed, tested and evaluated in real experiments and in real laboratories.
Also planned as part of the funding for this endowed professorship is the development of a master's degree programme in cycling engineering. In addition to the basics of traffic engineering, this will provide in-depth knowledge for the design, planning and simulation of current and future cycling demand. The internationalisation of teaching and research is to be built on the already very good cooperation with, among others, Dutch and Danish partners in the field of cycling as a means of transport.
For the first time, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is funding cycling professorships at seven universities. The aim is to give even greater consideration to the interests of cyclists in the future - from infrastructure planning to mobility management and cycling-friendly legislation. The BMVI is funding the establishment of the professorship: Bergische Universität will receive around one million euros for the period until 31 December 2023.
Further information at radverkehr.uni-wuppertal.de/en/home.html