June 03, 2019 2 min read
In 2019, See.Sense partnered with BT to carry out three Smart Cycling projects in Dublin, Manchester and Antwerp as part of the SynchroniCity pilot project. The SynchroniCity project was a European IoT Large-Scale Pilot, on which See.Sense was awarded a place following a highly competitive application process consisting of more than 130 applications from across Europe. The project aimed to deliver new insights into the use of city transport infrastructure that could be used to encourage modal shift towards cycling.
Across three cities we received 2,400 applications to join the project, which saw 800 cyclists sharing their insights into cycling behaviour. Over the course of three months of data collection these 800 participants generated almost 9 million data points, collecting information such as location, speed and road surface quality, as well as highlighting hotspot areas for cyclists swerving and heavy braking. Through the See.Sense app, participants were also able to provide qualitative feedback via in-app surveys as well as providing profile information, enabling a greater level of insight into the similarities and differences between different groups of cyclists.
By utilising this data, we mapped a variety of insights - including route popularity, average speed, dwell times, braking, swerving and road surface condition - across Manchester, Antwerp and Dublin, providing a detailed overview of how the cycle networks in these cities were operating. The insights allowed us to pinpoint problematic areas for cyclists, such a poor infrastructure condition, bottlenecks, and junctions causing long delays. Additionally, through temporal analysis of the data we identified prominent patterns in how streets were used, filterable by time of day and location. The profile data provided by project participants also allowed us to map differences between different groups of cyclists in the city, based on gender, age and type of bicycle used.
Combined, these insights provided an extraordinarily detailed look into the conditions faced by cyclists in the three cities; conditions that were previously near invisible. The insights provided the cities with an extra layer of visibility, and could be used to inform the cities’ strategies for overall mobility, including how they plan for and promote active travel, and how they evaluate the impact of new cycling infrastructure investment.
We have presented our work on the SynchroniCity project at several events, including at VeloCity Global 2019 in Dublin, ITS Europe Congress in Eindhoven, and Cycle County Active County, Essex.
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