Bicycle Innovation Lab

Can you come up with the ultimate solution to improve safety on bicycle paths?

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Accept the challenge and help the Amsterdam Bike City Innovation Lab come up with an innovative solution! The ten best ideas will get the opportunity to present their solution to a promising jury. The winner receives a prize of two thousand euros, wins exposure on (social) media, and gets the chance to implement his or her idea outside.

Are you in?

The challenge

The bicycle is indispensable in the city of Amsterdam, the region, and the Netherlands. As a means of transport and making and maintaining the city and the region liveable, safe, and accessible. Amsterdam and the region have been working for more than 40 years to make cycling safe, easy, and pleasant for everyone. This makes Amsterdam an inspiring example for other cities and regions that want to become more bicycle-friendly. In addition, Amsterdam likes to learn from other cities.

The city of Amsterdam and The Transport Authority Amsterdam make this unique knowledge available through the Amsterdam Bike City platform. You can contribute to it as well! Because we would like to exchange our experiences, knowledge, and ideas with yours. We offer the stage to existing (bicycle) innovations through the Bicycle Innovation Lab and to new innovations.

We do this by organising a periodic Bicycle Innovation Lab, and the first Bicycle Innovation Lab is about "bicycle traffic safety and behaviour". For this innovation, we are looking for innovative solutions to improve road safety in the region of Amsterdam by influencing the behaviour of road users. The central theme here is "Different speeds on bicycle paths".

This theme contains actual problems which are increasingly being discussed. Delivery services, differences in speed, and bicycle types are part of this discussion. How do we cope with this? For example, the number of bicycle delivery services is increasing. These often cross the city centre at high speeds. This may lead to dangerous situations. Furthermore, in 2020, sales of e-bikes have been increased by thirty per cent and the speed of E-bikes increases as well. How do we combine this with the 'normal' bicycle? And what about the congestion on the cycle path in the city? Or the cyclists just outside the city? And what about the heavy cargo bike on the cycle path? And how do we deal with problems of different speeds outside the city? And how to deal with recreational cyclists on racing bikes and e-bikes?

European vision 'Zero serious road casualties in 2050' is a grand vision that entails many challenges. The bicycle (and other micro-mobility) plays a big part in this challenge. To achieve this ambition, we are looking for new ideas, approaches, and innovations!

Will you surprise us with your innovative idea?

Our question

What idea do you have to improve bicycle safety in the Amsterdam region related to 'different speeds on bicycle path'?

We wish to test the idea in a pilot or experiment.

What do you need to consider?

In principle, all ideas are welcome, from large to small. An extensive plan can make a big difference in one go, while a small plan can be adequately tested and applied more widely. The goal is a safer traffic situation for cyclists in the Amsterdam region. How, who, what, where, when is all up to you. We, therefore, ask you to adequately substantiate the problem that your idea solves.

When selecting the winning ideas, the jury uses several evaluation criteria. Please, pay attention to these points in your submission:

  • Relevance: Is it a recognised problem? Do other cyclists recognise themselves in this situation?
  • Innovative & original: To what extent is the idea innovative in the Amsterdam region?
  • Incitement to action: How does this idea encourage people to change their behaviour, making (bicycle) traffic safer?
  • Feasibility: To what extent can this idea be tested in the Amsterdam region within a year? And what is needed for that? And to what degree can this be applied more broadly?
  • Demonstration of a positive impact: How can you demonstrate that bicycle traffic safety improves based on this idea?

Assessment Process: pitch for leading professionals

The best ten ideas will be pitched for a jury consisting of leading professionals. The professionals consist of five committed experts in the field of cycling, the academic field, the traffic safety field, and the innovation field.

  • Marco te BrömmelstroetProfessor Urban Mobility Futures at the University of Amsterdam
  • Ilona KempsProject lead start up in Sustainability & Mobility at Start up in Residence
  • Esther van GarderenManaging director of the Dutch Cyclist' Union
  • Tim Coronel - Professional racing driver and traffic safety ambassador
  • Otto van BoggelenProgram manager at CROW-Fietsberaad (Dutch knowledge centre for cycling policy)

The ideas submitted to the jury are selected in this way:

  • By public vote, of which the top-5 flows. This vote is public, but is deliberately announced in the professional world, including through the Dutch Cycling Embassy, ​​European Cycling Federation, the Dutch cyclist' Union, CROW-Fietsberaad, and other channels in the professional world.
  • By an official guidance group – consisting of employees of the Municipality of Amsterdam and the Transport Authority Amsterdam – that also makes a top-5 of the most appealing ideas. They use the same criteria as the jury.
  • In the event of overlap between the public vote top-5 and the official guidance group top-5, the subsequent best ideas, starting with the runner-up of the guidance group, will be added to the selection to make a total of 10 best ideas for the presentation round.
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What can you win?

All entries will be featured on the Amsterdam Bike City website, and the winner will be put in the spotlights. The Amsterdam Bicycle Innovation Lab has ten winning ideas, of which one winning idea may even be implemented!

When ranked top-10, this is what you win:

  • exposure via (social) media;
  • a presentation budget of €300,- ex VAT (on condition of giving the presentation);
  • the opportunity to pitch your detailed idea in five minutes to an appealing jury of leading professionals.

When the jury picks your idea as the winner:

  • will receive a prize of EUR 2,000, - ex VAT.
  • gets the opportunity to develop the idea further with a maximum development budget of EUR 45,000, - ex VAT. The winner will be challenged by the City of Amsterdam and the Transport Authority Amsterdam to develop a plan to expand the winning idea. Our aim is to apply the winning idea in the city. Based on this proposal, the city of Amsterdam and the Transport Authority Amsterdam will decide whether to award the contract. The main criteria on which the municipality of Amsterdam assesses the project are mentioned above.

Your submission

How do we treat your submission?

  • All participants are given an equal opportunity by ensuring anonymity of participants after submission. The anonymised submissions will be published on the website and handed over to the jury. After the jury's evaluation, the anonymity of top-10 submissions will be lifted.
  • After the announcement of the winner, Amsterdam Bike City issues a jury report to all participants. The jury report includes the jury's motivation for the winner and describes the jury's process to reach its decision. Every step in the assessment process will be addressed in this report.
  • The city of Amsterdam and the Transport Authority Amsterdam reserve the right not to award a project if the winning idea or the proposed development is not considered suitable. When the winning idea will be implemented the general purchasing conditions of the municipality of Amsterdam will apply to this commission. Article 8 is deviated from if after profit is made, the contractor grants the municipality a non-exclusive right to carry out the innovation or have it carried out.
  • For ideas submitted and developed, the submitter is the copyright holder.

Requirements for submission (first round):

  • A concrete description of the problem in the Amsterdam region that your idea solves in the field of bicycle safety and behaviour that fits with 'different speeds on bicycle paths' (maximum half a page A4, PDF format, maximum 1MB)
    On this page, you tell us which problem in the Amsterdam region you want to tackle. How did you get to this problem? How does this problem manifest itself? What data support this problem? And how big is this problem?
  • A concrete description of your innovation idea (maximum one and a half pages A4, PDF format, maximum 1MB).
    In a maximum of one and a half pages, you explain your idea to us as concretely as possible. Convince us how to reach the right people, what your idea will solve and deliver, and why it will work. Please pay attention to the criteria used by the jury. To ensure that your idea sticks as well as possible, it is wise to add a good visual to your idea. We also use this for the public vote. Think of a visualisation, schematic representation, photo, drawing or something else graphic.
  • We ask you to attach a visualisation/image/illustration of a maximum of one A4 page to the presentation to support the idea (maximum 5MB).
    This may also be used for online publication. The image is the property of the registrant, and copyright rests with the submitter.
  • A short summary of your innovative idea (Word-document)
    In a maximum of ten sentences/200 words, a summary of the problem and the (potential) solution. This summary will be shown on the website for public voting.
  • A title or slogan of your idea (maximum six words), also to be shown on the website for public voting.

A concrete description of the problem and the innovation can be submitted in Dutch and English. The short summary and title must be presented in English.

Requirements for the 5-minute presentation (second round):

  • The pitches in round two are format-free and if possible on site (Amsterdam), but due to the ongoing pandemic you must be prepared for a digital presentation.
  • The pitches might be held in Dutch or in English, whatever suits you best.

What are we not looking for?

  • Ideas that can only be implemented in the long term;
  • Ideas that are only infrastructural in scope;
  • Existing ideas;
  • Communication campaigns.

Who can participate?

Anyone with an innovative idea can participate! Whether you are a student or a start-up, a commercial party or consultancy firm, or a cyclist with a brilliant idea. Group participation is also possible (maximum four people). If you have more than one innovative idea which meets the criteria, send them in both!

Timeline Bicycle Innovation Lab

From January 13, 2022, till February 28, 2022, 23:59 (GMT+1), you have time to submit your idea. On Monday the 21st March, we will announce the top-10. You then have at least a week to further develop your idea before the pitches take place.

The award ceremony will take place in the week of April 11. We hope to see you there and then get to work with your innovative idea!

  • January 13: Launch Bicycle Innovation Lab - from now on, you can submit ideas
  • February 28: Deadline submission – the last chance to participate!
  • March 3-20: Public voting is opened, collect your votes!
  • March 21: Announcement nominees – 10 nominees prepare a pitch
  • March 29: Pitches jury – 10 nominees pitch their ideas in front of the jury
  • April 11: Award ceremony - the jury will announce the winner!
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General terms and conditions

  • It is not permitted to contact the organisation concerning the Bicycle Innovation Lab outside the Amsterdam Bike City website and email address.
  • Employees of the City of Amsterdam, the Transport Authority Amsterdam, and HaskoningDHV Netherlands B.V. are excluded from participation.
  • If a member of the jury or a member of the official supervisory group has a conflict of interest that may cause him or her to be biased, he or she shall abstain from voting in respect of this entry.
  • The competition can be discontinued at any time by the City of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Transport Region. No rights will be granted to participants at this time.
  • The City of Amsterdam and the Transport Authority Amsterdam reserve the right not to grant a project if the winning idea or the intended development is not considered suitable. If the winning idea is implemented, the general purchasing conditions of the municipality of Amsterdam 27-5-2020 apply to this contract. Article 8 of the general purchasing terms and conditions of the Municipality of Amsterdam (27-5-2020) is deviated from: all parties involved explicitly agree that all intellectual property rights relating to the winning idea or intended development conceived and provided by the contractor belong to the contractor. If the contract is awarded after winning, the contractor will grant the municipality of Amsterdam a non-exclusive right of use to implement the innovation or to have it implemented.
  • Participants agree to the publication of the ideas on media channels.
  • General Purchasing Conditions City of Amsterdam, only for the winning contestant after further developing of the idea.

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Do you have questions about the Bicycle Innovation Lab?

You can put them below on this page. We aim to respond within two working days. All answers are deliberately made public so that everyone has access to the same information. Questions can be asked until February 21, to which a response will be given. Do you prefer to ask the question in person? Please send an e-mail to

Amsterdam Bike City Innovation Lab Meetup Q&A

Below you will find the answers to the questions asked during our Meetup on February 3rd.

  • What has already been done regarding speed differences on the cycle path?
    • The biggest transition so far has been the transfer of mopeds from the bicycle path to the road. Another example: goinGDutch is doing an experiment with automatic speed regulation in defined busy areas.

  • What is the progress of this experiment?
    • Good question! Let’s find out! We will provide an answer within a few days.

  • What solution has the highest potential? It could be technical, social, political, or behavioural.
    • When selecting the winning ideas, the jury uses several evaluation criteria. Please pay attention to these points in your submission.

Watch the Meetup of February 3rd


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