BMW and Chinese University Design Cycle Roads for e-Bikes

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Automobile manufacturers have steadily shifted to the production of new eco-friendly vehicles such as Tesla’s Model S and Nissan Leaf. The four-wheelers aren’t the only ones going green with the production of e-bikes already in place. Now notable in this field is BMW latest move to cater for e-bike riders on major highways in the cities.

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Well, the company is putting across an idea that will see the construction of an overhead cycle road for the two-wheelers. The vision dubbed ‘E3 Way’ is formulated on the basis of having an elevated, electric and efficient type of transport system.

The proposal comes as a result of the collaboration between BMW and Tingyi University in China to design free cycle-ways. Its implementation would see the reduction of traffic jams on some of the major cities-especially the populous ones. Furthermore, BMW acknowledges that the idea is not driven by the increased number of bicycle users but the need to smoothen the traffic situation in metropolitan cities.

The architecture and design of the cycle roads

The ultra-modern cycle paths will encompass futuristic technology that includes an AI-driven traffic management set to oversee that no collisions are experienced. How will this be achieved? Well, the roads will be fitted with automated cameras to monitor the motion of the bikes and scooters. An automatic speed limit of up to 15.5 kilometers per hour shall be set.

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Nevertheless, BMW’s concept differs from other similar projects in that it strives at providing a serene environment for cyclists via covered roofs to protect them from rain and direct sun. To achieve optimum temperatures, the roads shall be designed with rainwater collection features set to keep them cool.

The overhead road will also be installed with solar panels to convert solar energy into electric power and climate control features.

Not flying solo in this innovation

Over the years, a park and ride system has been embraced by various transport network systems that make it easy for people to park their cars and ride bikes to various destinations. It seems that BMW has also taken up this approach by having the riders on e-bikes cycling on these roads while providing rental e-bikes at the entrance of the highways for those without one.

The project will compete with another ambitious project,Hyperloop” that is steadily making its way in the transport sector with its pod-like structures set to connect different cities and states.

The drive behind BMW’s move and what to expect

BMW and Tongji University insist that the construction of the road won’t be that costly as they only overpass the vehicular lanes. However, the issue of funding cannot be overlooked as it requires multiple partners to collaborate in terms of sponsorship.

Even with the move, the task will be for cities to take up the challenge as the roads are to be built within the urban realm thus need to blend in with the existing pattern.


The motivating factor behind this invention is the rampant traffic congestion that has hindered economic growth as it slows down movement in these cities. This menace continues to grow with high population experienced in countries such China thus the need to seek for a convenient mode of transport.

What you need to know about E-bikes

Eco-friendly bikes have certainly gained ground in recent years as they are perceived to be fast at an average speed of 18mph. the BMW e-bike provides pedal assistance for riders of up to 275% providing a fast pace experience. Now the challenge comes in using the bikes, especially on busy highways due to lack of designated cycle paths.

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Finally, the project is yet to be adopted by transport thus the anxious urban population will have patiently wait for a permanent solution to traffic snarl-ups.