Dublin: several initiatives to increase cycling

Smart Dublin together with the Environment and Transportation Department in Dublin City Council in a joint initiative with Enterprise Ireland put out a call through the Small Business Innovation Research Challenge (SBIR) program seeking smart, innovative and low cost solutions to increase the number of people cycling in Dublin.

The competition which was launched by Smart Dublin (FLOW city) in March 2016 generated 98 expressions of interest, 23 proposals of which 14 presented possible solutions to a panel of judges for evaluation.

Four companies progressed to Phase 2 and received € 25,000 in funding to develop their proposals to increase cycle useage and to better understand cyclist behaviour and deterrents for cycle theft.

The four successful companies are:

BikeLook Which monitors bicycle usage and deters and detects bicycle theft. “More cycling data and less bike crime will make Dublin safer and cleaner.

Fluidedge Introducing the Liberty Bell, a bicycle bell that allows cyclists to record actual or perceived obstacles to aid safe cycling in Dublin. Auditing on the move.

See.Sense offers the See.Sense tracker which allows cyclists to collect anonymised crowd-sourced data that gathers unique data including the identification of road surface conditions and collision and near-miss hotspot areas that will assist cities to design safer and smarter cities for everyone. 

Smartcharge introduces a tracking, logging and data harvesting system for use with bicycles in an urban area aiding the cyclist in predicting the ease of a journey, safety along the way and creating a secure parking facility at the end of the journey. 

At present all four companies are developing and refining their solutions with the assistance of Smart Dublin, Enterprise Ireland and Dublin City Council.