We are excited to launch our first US smart city project in the country’s outdoor capital, Denver. The project has been championed by the Downtown Denver Partnership with support from the City & County of Denver, the Gates Corporation and Bicycle Colorado.
Denver, like many cities across the world, is pushing to add 125 miles of bikeways to the cycling network but to do this effectively they need to understand how everyday cyclists are using the streets.
That's why Denver chose to partner with See.Sense, to provide the community with 300 bicycle lights which provide exceptional visibility, added safety, and opportunities to engage the community, along with gaining powerful data insights to improve conditions for cyclists.
The Project is a year-long effort to learn more about how everyday cyclists are using the streets for recreation, commuting to work, and running daily errands. Data from the project will be shared with the city to gain a better understanding of the conditions faced by cyclists, so that improvements can be made to how projects are implemented.
Andrew Iltis, the Senior Manager of Mobility and Transportation of the Downtown Denver Partnership believes that the value of this project is both timely and far-reaching. “We know that people have been buying a lot of bikes in the past several months,” Iltis explains, “and with a lot of new biking infrastructure in the city, we must find ways to assess how the system is working for those new cyclists. We want to go beyond our basic understanding of cyclist safety and behavior.” The study is focused on assessing the bike connectivity between Downtown Denver and near-in neighborhoods to study how the cycling network functions for daily cyclists.
“A key objective of this study is to get broad representation of cyclists into the study. Cycling is an affordable and healthy mobility option for so many people, so we are going to work really hard to make sure this project is inclusive of our lower-income neighborhoods and communities of color so we can truly assess how the cycling network is serving everyone,” Iltis said.
As Denver focuses on engaging across communities within the project research area we are excited to learn more about how the current infrastructure is working for them and provide data for the city to make cycling accessible and safe for all.