More comfort for cyclists on the Dortmund-Ems Canal
The city of Münster has 315.000 inhabitants and is growing. Bicycling is an integral part of the city. Locals as well as tourists take 400.000 bicycle rides every day. They travel 1.2 million kilometers and spend 20 minutes a day on their bike.
Cycling has to be fun. The cycle paths must be comfortable and safe to ride on, at any time of the day in any weather. That is why the city of Muenster wanted to realize a forward-looking bicycle project – the Kanalpromenade.
Kanalpromenade is a 27-km bicycle path along the Dortmund-Ems Canal, connecting Send (amusement park) to Greven to the east of the city. The path was very narrow, with grit and gravel, potholes and puddles spread across numerous places. Furthermore, there were no lights on the path. All of this was making the route unsafe and less enjoyable.
Munster wished to address these issues and renovate the Kanalpromenade route. They wanted to expand the path and make the surface smooth so that cycling becomes more comfortable. Furthermore, they wanted to illuminate the path in an environmentally friendly way, which can conserve resources, protect the environment and increase the user’s individual sense of security. They needed an intelligent lighting system that is beneficial for both humans and local wildlife.