|CYCLODEO: Exploring Cities By Bike from a Laptop|
| Posted on 14/02/2014 - 12:58|
Cyclodeo is a dynamic website that synchronizes Maps, GPS tracks and cycling videos. It allows cyclists to visually check route characteristics including, safety, traffic levels, local points of interest and landmarks before they travel.
Today, a growing number of European citizens are choosing to cycle to school, work and for shopping. This trend is great news for most of us aspiring to live in smarter and greener cities. Unfortunately, many neighborhoods are not safe and convenient for cycling. Tragedies are often reported in the news such as last November when six cyclists were killed in 13 days in London. One of the problems with most biking directions applications is that you are never entirely sure how safe the biking route is before setting off. For instance, many of these applications usually suggests roads you would never consider cycling on and ignores far safer and quieter roads. We propose a solution to address this issue by allowing anyone to preview they cycling rides from the safety of their homes.
Cyclodeo is a dynamic website that synchronizes Maps, GPS tracks and cycling videos in one page . When a ‘Cyclodeo ride’ is being replayed, a moving mark is highlighted on the map to indicate the current location of the viewed video. Since each section of the video is geo-coded, you can click anywhere on the cycling track to visualize a specific location from a cyclist’s perspective. When a city is covered, it allows anyone to see exactly what street conditions they might encounter on a particular cycling ride. We intend to introduce the service in more European cities for the benefit of their citzens.
Target group and social impact
The Cyclodeo platform can assist in: 1) Monitoring the bicycle traffic and identifying dangerous sections of the road network. 2) Classifying cycling paths based on their type and comfort. 3) Highlighting infrastructure quality for Transport Planners and showcasing infrastructure improvements. This way, citizens can be visually reminded of the good work going on to improve cycle route infrastructure with new routes. 4) Complementing existing awareness tools used and enhancing its profile to a larger audience through social media. 5) Showcasing picturesque cycle routes, supporting tourism marketing initiatives as well as encouraging cycling in and around tourism venues/areas.
Competences of the applicant
ICT, Entrepreneurship, project execution, management, business development, communication, marketing and PR.
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