Camcycle: New apps crowdsource cycling data

 

Cambridge-based cycle campaign organisation Camcycle is making use of a suite of new online tools to create a comprehensive picture of cyclists’ journey times, speeds, average distance, CO2 saved and average duration.

Bikedata has recorded more than 322,00 rides via its free app which is available on iPhone and Android.

Camcycle’s cycling campaign office, Roxanne De Beaux, told Eastern Echo: “Camcycle (www.camcycle.org.uk) is a volunteer-run organisation and it is tools such as CycleStreets (www.cyclestreets.net) that help with our work. CycleStreets also integrates with our discussion forum Cyclescape (www.cyclescape.org) where members and volunteers collaborate on plans to get improvements for cycling infrastructure.

“We encourage people who cycle in Cambridge to contribute their photos and concerns on CycleStreets. By becoming members of Camcycle they can also support our work and help to get action on the issues that concern them.

“Cambridge is an area of innovation, and tools developed here to support cycling advocacy are being used by groups throughout the UK and beyond.

“CycleStreets and Cyclescape are just two of the many tools that members have created to assist with the Campaign’s work. The latest local innovation is a cloud-based membership management system ‘Cameo’ (https://cameo-membership.uk/) which is now available for other membership organisations to use.”

CycleStreets developer Martin Lucas-Smith said: “CycleStreets is a social enterprise based in Cambridge. We’re best known for our journey planner, which powers a range of apps to help people find the best routes to cycle. But we also work to create online tools, such as the Photomap, used by Camcycle. It has over 70,000 crowdsourced images, all added by local people, to report problems and to outline examples of good practice.

“These photos are included in a new website we’ve been working on, Bikedata, which combines a whole range of data relevant to cycling – such as collisions, planning applications, cycle theft, and more, to enable decision-makers and local people to have a clearer idea of problems in the city, by visualising them on a user-friendly map.”

The data collected and interpreted by Camcycle from Bikedata, Cameo and CycleStreets will make its way to the organisation’s website at www.camcycle.org.uk in due course: the picture above shows Bikedata’s cycle infrastructure photomap which contains cycling-related images of cycling infrastructure taken by users. Find out more at bikedata.cyclestreets.net/photomap.

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