Feedbike

Feedbike

Feedbike gives cyclists a voice, allowing you to send real time GPS data and user feedback to your local municipality. Best of all, it's free to use!

How this will impact Adelaide's carbon emissions

Transport comprises 35% of Adelaide's carbon emissions, with passenger transport making up around 90% of that (See Carbon Neutral Adelaide Foundation Report). Mitigation options for passenger transport are limited, but increasing the share of cycle commuters in Adelaide is one very real option that offers immediate emissions reductions, public health benefits, economic savings, increased urban liveability and urban transport equality.

The 2 major challenges when implementing or upgrading infrastructure for cyclists are how to map new infrastructure to users travel behaviour (routes, speeds, intersection points, user volumes) and how to assess the effectiveness of recently built infrastructure (user feedback, before and after travel volumes, travel time savings, effects on parallel infrastructure). This data collection process has traditionally involved time consuming surveys (expensive), volunteer counts and a large amount of guesswork.

Feedbike changes all that. Our system allows users to send GPS route information to local government planners in real time automatically, and give immediate feedback at any point in your trip. This allows local governments to design cycling infrastructure that suits your needs, based on feedback from the community. Data collection is reduced to a matter of weeks, proposed upgrades can be simulated in real time and feedback on the success or failure of new infrastructure is immediate.

In 2014 the average South Australian travelled about 12,600km, or roughly 35km per day. This is roughly 2.5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions per person each year from driving alone. Using these very 'back of the envelope' numbers, we can work out that roughly 70,000 South Australian's cycling into and about the City would cut transport emissions in half! If we are to achieve this sort of mobility transition, we need to support cyclists with safe and efficient infrastructure, education programs and start and end facilities like showers, parking and storage. All these upgrades need to be based on solid data, for efficient use of taxpayers funds and so the transition is successful. And if we are to truly respond to climate change, we need to start this transition now, and move quickly to support the early adopters within our beautiful city.

Feedbike lets us do that. We can react quickly, supporting planning decisions in real time with world leading data. We apply Smart City thinking to the way we move within Adelaide, positioning our city to be at the forefront of both sustainable mobility and urban livability.

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