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The Docharkheh App Has been Developed by The Municipality of Tehran

  2021 November 28 Sunday:

The Docharkheh app has been developed by the Municipality of Tehran to encourage citizens to use bicycles as their preferred means of transport in and around the city. This project uses GPS technology, together with smartphone applications to deliver a variety of services.
The main functionalities of the app are:
a) Way-finding and Routing
The feature is based on the personal needs of users and developed to be fast, attractive, easy, and safe.
b) Tracking
Users can view their journey summary and plan the best routes for their regular travels. The data gathered is also used to derive policy-relevant information regarding effective improvement for bicycle infrastructure in the city.
c) Campaigns
Implementing campaigns and events that encourage people to cycle more. Increased cycling will help reduce the amount of traffic on the roads, especially during peak hours, lead to lower levels of carbon emission and improve the health and wellbeing of citizens.
Background and objectives
Increasing bicycle usage as a means of public transport has become an urgent priority for the City of Tehran. The rise of congested traffic hours in the city has led to traffic jams and high levels of carbon emission which consequently have had adverse effects on citizens’ health and the environment.
This project is aligned with the “Car-Free Tuesdays” campaign that is an initiative sponsored by the Mayor of Tehran and is promoted all around the city. In recent months, due to the impact of COVID-19 and social distancing measures for public transport, bicycle usage has doubled.
The project's main aim is to create a transport modal shift from using personal motor vehicles to cycling for local commuting.
The main objectives are as follows:
• Increase citizens well-being
• Decrease traffic congestion and lower carbon emissions
• Improve traffic management
• Develop human-centric urban mobility systems
• Implement and maintain social distancing measures for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic

Results and impact
Since the COVID 19 outbreak, the statistics show that bicycle usage has doubled. Currently, the cycling mode share in Tehran is about 0.8% and is forecast to reach 0.9% by the end of Q1 -2021. Reducing electric and energy consumption and thus, reducing pollution and promoting a healthier lifestyle are the direct impacts of the project's success.
Statistical data from June to December 2020:
• Registered users: more than 5800
• 3% of the users: female
• 97% of the users: male
• 17% of the users: under the age of 15
• 25% of the users: between the age of 20 and 30
• 45% of the users: between the age of 30 and 45
• 13% of the users: above the age of 45.
The City has created 600km of cycle paths, 200 bike stations, and provides 2,000 smart bikes for sharing. It is expected that every 1000 km of cycling leads to a reduction in petrol consumption and CO2 emission of approximately 70 liters and 210 km/gr per cyclist, respectively.

 

Awards

It should be noted that Interactive Bike App has entered different international competitions to share its experience with the world. Indeed, it was selected as the winner of the Special Mention in the Mobility Category in the 4th WeGo Awards, 2020.

Also, every year at the European Mobility Week event, one or two non-European cities are picked as the “top” in the field of urban mobility. Tehran was selected as the top one of 2020 because of its bicycle master plan.

For further information about the case study, click:

https://use.metropolis.org/case-studies/docharkheh-app#casestudydetail

https://stc.tehran.ir/

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