The 'Bicycle and Intelligent Transport systems (BITS project) is co-funded by the North Sea Region (NSR) Programme of the European Union.
It is a 'world first' multi-national partner project with 10 partners from great cycling nations, such as Denmark, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
It is hoped that this library will give more residents the chance to take up cycling, which can only benefit health and wellbeing as well as reducing the prominence of cars in the town centre and reducing carbon emissions.
East Riding Council is the projects UK partner focussing on Withernsea by offering a free bicycle with trackers and lights fitted for 50 residents through a bicycle library managed by the SHoRES team. Users will be able to download a personal app to their phone to monitor their progress and record their cycling experience.
See.Sense is providing data services for this project, and the data collected will include popular routes, speed, dwell times, plus data on swerving, braking and collisions as well as in-app user reports, which will be used by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to inform cycle infrastructure planning.
The SHoRes team will be offering support for library users through Cycle Buddies who will be offering cycle maintenance, advice on safe cycling and health to improve health and wellbeing.
The main aim of the project you are now part of is to reduce CO2 emissions by 9% and increase bicycle use by 10% through the use of ITS (your bike trackers). However, it is hoped that you will find the personal app useful to set your own goals and targets throughout the project with the support of the cycle buddy.
The cycle buddies are available to support you throughout the project and provide advice and guidance.
What can they help you with?
The bike you ride will be fitted with a See.Sense device to monitor riding activity, and you will also receive a See.Sense ACE bike light that connects to the See.Sense app.
The bike trackers and the bike lights are supplied by See.Sense, an award-winning UK technology and data company.
The See.Sense ACE bike light is an award-winning light that helps to make cycling safer by being visible in daylight and reacting by flashing brighter & faster in riskier moments. It also connects to an app to provide you with a range of connected features, and to allow data to be shared with the project.
Use of this technology allows the project to provide data insights to bike library users, cycle buddies and the project.
As a bike library user you can use the free See.Sense app to obtain your personal ride stats, including distance travelled, calories burned, fuel saved. You will also optionally receive a personalised monthly ‘Vision’ email showing your personal ride stats.
Your cycle buddy will receive a usage report for each of their bike library users, so they can track behaviour change. The report will show for each device:
- Number of miles ridden
- Number of active days
- CO2 saved and Fuel saved
INSIGHTS FOR THE BITS PROJECT
Aggregate and anonymised data insights gathered from the devices will also be shared with the project to evaluate the programme, and also to help understand and improve conditions for cycling. This includes: Popular routes, speed, dwell-time, braking, swerving, road surface roughness, perception reports (from reports made by the user in-app).
Make sure Bluetooth is turned on, open our app and press the 'Add Light' option.
A blue LED will flash on the light once connected
Go to Settings > My Account > Sign Up. Then you will be asked for your "Project ID".
Once you are connected, your app will remember your lights and automatically start collecting data as soon as you start riding. For this to happen, just remember to check you have the following in place for each ride
Go to our YouTube channel for handy guides on getting started with your app
Got questions about data privacy, how much battery the app uses or anything else? Visit our FAQ page
For technical support questions, please raise a ticket with See.Sense Customer Support and we’ll get back to you.
For questions about the BITS project, please contact your Cycle Buddy.
The ‘Bicycles and Intelligent Transport Systems’ (BITS) project has been co-funded by the North Sea Region (NSR) Programme of the European Union. The BITS project partnership comprises 10 organisations in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Belgium, Denmark and Germany, including East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Together, we are working to raise awareness of “smart cycling” best practices. Through our ITS pilots, we also aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 9% and increase bicycle use by 10% within target groups across the North Sea Region. For more information about the project or the North Sea Region Programme, please visit the BITS website.
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