Cycling Safety Maps Chart a New Course in Crowdsourced Research

Cycling Safety Maps Chart a New Course in Crowdsourced Research

A new project from the Urban Computing Lab  with funding from the National Science Foundation has turned attention to bicyclist saftey. 

Over the past two decades, cities across the country have experienced a tremendous growth in cycling. As cities expand and improve their bicycle networks, local governments and bicycle associations are looking into ways of making cycling in urban areas safer. However, one obstacle to decreasing the number of bicycle crashes is the lack of information regarding cycling safety at the street level.

With a cycling safety map, we can select our cycling route wisely. Historically, Bicycle Level of Service (BLOS) models have been used to measure street safety. Unfortunately, these models require extensive information about each particular roadway section, which often times is not available. Instead, this project will provide innovative tools to automatically estimate street safety levels from crowdsourced citizens’ complaints as well as to shed some light into the traffic-related reasons behind such safety values.

(Read more at the Washington Area Bicycle Association here, and particpate in the Cycling Saftey project here)