Liberty Bell - Understanding Active Mobility in a Community

Liberty Bell is a low cost, technical solution that simplifies the gathering of quantitative and qualitative data about the movement of people through public spaces - on foot, on a bicycle, on a scooter, through using public transport.

We need to understand the issues people experience while moving - understanding the issues experienced by people of all ages, genders and abilities is the first step in addressing the needs of cities to get more people embracing active travel.

2017 Winner Colorado Department of Transportation International RoadX Bicycle and Pedestrian Challenge

2017 Winner Smart Dublin Cycling Challenge Phase 2

2016 Winner Smart Dublin Cycling Challenge Phase 1

  • Lack of qualitative data about active travel limits the municipality’s ability to identify perceptions across diverse populations.
  • It is important to be able to audit a neighbourhood across all demographics - whether public spaces are age-friendly, gender friendly, or accessible by people of all abilities and all backgrounds.
  • Liberty Bell pinpoints and maps the exact spots where people are having problems as they move through their communities. Current data gathering tools are resource intensive, inefficient and not cost-effective.
  • The perception of safety while bicycling, is a major reason why people choose not to walk or bicycle in their communities. Liberty Bell captures often undetected or under-reported data, the ‘near-miss’ incidents or priority issues for those moving on foot, on bicycles or scooters, or using public transport.

Understanding Active Travel and Public Spaces

  • Low-cost community engagement tool to gather quantitative and qualitative data about the bicycling and walking environment

  • Easy to use interfaces for age-friendly participation - from younger to older members of the community.

  • Targeted resources to problem areas. Decisions are evidence-based, making best use of public funds.

  • Exact mapped spot location directs the service request.

  • Customised Interface to meet a research project requirements - what information needs to be collected.

As Dublin Cycling Officer I see huge potential for the use of the Liberty Bell in gathering information that will help Dublin City Council understand and improve the cycling environment in our city. The pilot trial demonstrated a real enthusiasm among cyclists for using the bell as a creative and safe way of recording information on their routes and experiences as they cycle through the city.

Sarah Scannell, Dublin City Council. Cycling & Walking Promotion Officer

 

Dublin City Council is are excited by the potential for the application of the Liberty Bell auditing tool across many sectors. From school children auditing their routes to school on foot or by bike to Local Authority Staff auditing the physical environment, we see many ways in which Liberty Bell can be used to modernise auditing techniques and to collect valuable data.

Edel Kelly, Senior Executive Transport Planner, Dublin City Council

 

Fluidedge’s experience in software design methodologies has allowed them to deliver a really beneficial, innovative, exciting new product which will help city planners gain insights into how bicyclists experience our city.

Jamie Cudden, Smart City Program Manager at Dublin City Council

 

Safe Routes to School

  • Liberty Bell is a useful tool for carrying out Safe Routes to School audits.

  • It can be used for Cyclability, Walkability and Scootability Audits.

  • Only anonymised data used.

  • Smaller bicycle bells more suited to kid bicycles are available.

You might have heard us here

The 46th European Transport Conference
12th Oct 2018
Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland

Annual Conference of the Association for European Transport

 

World Health Organisation International Healthy Cities Conference
1st Oct 2018 to 4th Oct 2018
The Waterfront, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Under the theme of Changing Cities to Change the World, Liberty Bell is delighted to be presenting at the World Health Organisation conference in Belfast on International Healthy Cities. The conference celebrates Thirty Years of the Healthy Cities Movement!

 

2018 Cycling and Society Symposium
6th Sep 2018 to 7th Sep 2018
University of the West of England, Bristol Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, England

Joint Cycling and Society Symposium and the European Cyclists’ for Cycling (ECF) Scientists for Cycling colloquium.

 

Velo-City 2018
12th Jun 2018 to 15th Jun 2018
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Liberty Bell are thrilled to be speaking at Velo-City 2018! Velo-city 2018, in South America for the first time, will focus on the main theme Access to Life, linked to the overall goal of cycling inclusion.

 

Driving Open Transport Data
22nd Mar 2018
25 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2

The Open Data Impact Series promotes awareness, adoption and use of Open Data in different sectors, and supports the publication of high-quality Open Data. The Driving Open Transport Data session is organised by Derilinx, in collaboration with the Open Data Unit of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, the National Transport Authority, Smart Dublin and Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

 

Smart City Expo World Congress
14th Nov 2017 to 16th Nov 2017
Gran Via Venue, Barcelona

 

Web Summit
6th Nov 2017 to 9th Nov 2017
Lisbon, Portugal

 

Placemaking Week
10th Oct 2017 to 14th Oct 2017
Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This year Project for Public Spaces collaborates with partners in Amsterdam to host a dynamic programme of sessions and workshops, where attendees will develop and share concrete strategies for advancing placemaking locally and globally.

 

Cities Today 2020 - City Mobility
4th Oct 2017
Waterways Ireland, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2

Liberty Bell will be taking part in the Innovation Session panel at Cities Today.

 

ESB Workplace Set Up
2nd Oct 2017
ESB Head Office, Gateway Two, East Wall Road, Dublin 3

Set up of Liberty Bell for ESB volunteer participants.

 

Contact

Liberty Bell is brought to you by Fluidedge Innovation.

Guinness Enterprise Centre, Taylors Lane, Dublin 8, Ireland

Tel: +353 1 4100628 Email: innovation@fluidedge.com

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