School of Architecture and Civil Engineering

University of Wuppertal

Welcome to the Chair of Bicycle Traffic

Welcome to the Chair of Bicycle Traffic

Welcome to the Chair of Bicycle Traffic

The science of cycling

Urban traffic is undergoing a transformation - citizens, city planners, policymakers and traffic engineers are realizing the potential of cycling and other active and micro-modes of transport to solve problems such as congestion, air pollution, noise and the lack of physical movement. But do we have the necessary scientific knowledge to create the best possible environment for users of these modes and create people-friendly cities?

Our mission is to build a theoretical understanding of cycling and bicycle traffic, unravel the motivations and behaviour of cyclists, and then translate this knowledge into useful tools for planning and evaluating a new type of mobility infrastructure and future technologies.

Specifically, we have four visions:

  1. Educate future experts for creating cycling cities.
  2. Create a detailed understanding of bicyclists and bicycle traffic.
  3. Develop and test planning tools for bicycle traffic.
  4. Build a bridge between academia and 'the real world'.

Our expertise includes traffic simulation, data collection and processing, behaviour modelling and simulator development and experiments (bicycle simulator).

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Endowed Professorship Bicycle Traffic

In 2020, the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) has endowed Bergische Universität Wuppertal as one of seven universities in Germany with an endowed professorship in cycling. The seven universities, which in addition to Wuppertal include RheinMain University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden, Kassel University, Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences in Salzgitter, Wildau University of Applied Sciences, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, and Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, will be funded with a maximum annual amount of up to €400.000.

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Chair of Bicycle Traffic

School of architecture and civil engineering
Bergische Universität Wuppertal

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heather Kaths
Pauluskirchstraße 7
42285 Wuppertal
Email: bicycletraffic[at]


Claudia Heldmann
Tel.: 0202 / 439 4433
Email: cheldmann[at]

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