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On Friday 13 of May we held a workshop at ICTA-UAB, focused on the development of an urban cycling collaboration platform. This has been the first of many workshops organized in the context of the project Empowering urban cyclists through citizen science, an Eciu Smarter Project.

The objective of the workshop was to get feedback from different stakeholders of Barcelona’s cycling context.

The workshop was structured in the following thee blocks:

  1. Problem statement and scoping
  2. Information and data needs
  3. Feedback on proposed functions

Problem statement and scoping

In the first part, the focus was on the common issues of urban cyclists. We wanted the stakeholders to identify which were the discomforts that they had when they travelled by bicycle in their city, and which are the main problems that urban cyclists must face. The results, grouped in four categories that are reflected in the following graphic, show that the main concert is related to bicycle lanes, including aspects such as their quality, discontinuity, and lack of connectivity with other transportation means. Safety was composed of road safety concerns and harassment problems. The third category, the more acclaimed were the lack of parking and theft. Inside the Others category, problems such as intermodally, signaling or traffic lights were grouped. 

Information and data needs

In the second part, the information and data needs of urban cyclists were explored thought the following four questions:

  1. What sort of information do urban cyclists need to improve their cycling experience?
  2. Reflect on the problem statements you wrote or discussed with the group. Describe how data sharing among cyclists could help address or mitigate the problem identified.
  3. As a cyclist planning your trip, what sort of information would you appreciate learning about from other cyclists? How might cyclists share information and collaborate? How might a citizen science  project in cycling be useful for you?
  4. What are the essential data needs for cities and municipalities to improve the management of cycling infrastructure? What sort of open data might you need to advance the cyclists cause?

The four questions were meant to explore different dimensions of the information and data needs of urban cyclists. Nonetheless, in all four questions, the more acclaimed category was always related to routing or knowing the cyclists routes. Routing and safe routing were identified as key aspects to improve the cycling experience and planning a trip. Info about the routes taken by cyclists was identified as a useful information to share between cyclists and with the administration. The responses to the first question can be seen in the following graphic, for the other questions, the detailed results can be found in the document.

Problem statement and scoping

During the third part, the Citizycle investigators proposed their own ideas about how the urban cyclists issues could be adressed thought a citizen science project. The stakeholders were separated into three groups based on their interests. Each group having a predefined topic, meant to be adressed thought the project. The topic of the groups were the following:

  • Bicycle theft and parking
  • Cycle paths
  • Citizen Engagement

The results of the third part are less structured and considerably more extensive, due to that, they won’t be reflected in the current post. However, some insights can be extracted from the document.

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