Algorithm can design the perfect cycle lane system for any city

An algorithm usually used to design profitable airline routes can plan the optimal approach to adding cycle lanes while staying within council budgets


3 October 2022

Cycling is good for health and the environment


Bike lanes could be made safer, more efficient and more affordable by using an algorithm originally intended to analyse social networks and work out profitable airline routes.

Coaxing people out of cars and onto bicycles is a cheap and effective solution for many social ills: it cleans up toxic air, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, cuts congestion, lowers noise pollution and has a positive effect on health, lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Cities often have limited funds to create safe …

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