The theme of Velo-City 2019 Dublin is 'Cycling for the Ages'. The Velo-City conference is the world’s largest conference in the area of cycling, cycling infrastructure, bicycle innovations, bicycle safety, and the social and cultural changes driven by cycling on a global scale. Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to meet up at the conference!
Liberty Bell - A Walkability and Cyclability Research Platform
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. Its can be used for age-friendly walkability studies, cycling infrastructure evaluations, temporary interventions, and projects which involve citizen engagement with the built environment, including participatory sensing.
The platform uses connected bicycle bells and pedestrian wristbands to allow research participants to log, map and describe their experiences as they walk and cycle. Liberty Bell also provides the opportunity for daily diary entries on participants' mobility experiences.
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.
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- 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.
- Liberty Bell uses easy-to-use pedestrian wristbands for walkability audits, that are useful to assess a community for how age-friendly it is from a mobility point of view.
- The perception of safety while bicycling, is a major reason why people choose not to 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.
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
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The Cycling and Society Symposium is linked to the Cycling and Society Research Group whose members span many disciplines and approaches to the study of cycling. We are really looking forward to presenting a research project using Liberty Bell this year. Chaired by Prof Peter Cox, this year's theme is entitled “Cycling, Society and Social Justice” and will be hosted by the Department of Social and Political Science at the University of Chester.
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Women on Wheels is a group within Dublin Cycling Campaign which is researching women’s experience of cycling in Dublin, thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation. The research team used Liberty Bell platform for volunteer participants to log experiences as they cycle and the platform allowed participants to fill in a daily diary about their decision making process in relation to their choice of whether and where to cycle or not.
RTE radio coverage of the Women on Wheels research project which used the Liberty Bell platform for their data collection. Women outline barriers to commuting by bike. The Dublin Cycling Campaign carried out research and spoke to a number of female cyclists about their experiences, to find out why women represent such a low proportion of those travelling on two wheels.
Workshop for Liberty Bell set up for each of the volunteer 20 women participating in the Women on Wheels research project. The platform will allow the research team to gather data about participants' cycling experience and the decision-making process into whether and where they choose to cycle. The data collection period will last for 2 weeks and lead to in-depth interviews which aim to reflect on the 'safety work' that women who cycle do - from avoiding certain routes at night, to how we select locations to lock our bikes, to avoiding cycling at all.
Annual Conference of the Association for European Transport
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!
Joint Cycling and Society Symposium and the European Cyclists’ for Cycling (ECF) Scientists for Cycling colloquium.
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.
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.
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