DIY bike navigation system

Based on Arduino open source hardware, and using an Android phone for the communications and OS. Featured in this video, with links to further information below. The most fun thing I’ve put on this blog for a while, and impossible to dislike. Funny how it’s a student project, and that none of the bike companies have developed anything like this. Are they not interested, or is it just too early?

Bike sharing by Deutsche Bahn

…those guys know how to make the trains run on time! So it’s interesting that the philosophy and implementation is so different from other bike sharing schemes around the world. There are no docking stations, users locate the nearest bike (locked up by its previous user with a supplied lock) via their mobile, and unlock it by text or phone call. More information (in German, but if you don’t know how to use Translate by now, where have you been?) here.

For the avoidance of doubt, this is far from the only bike-sharing scheme in Germany – there seem to be loads of them.

Chromaroma now includes data from hire bike scheme



Chromaroma, the slightly hard to characterise game based on Oyster card data, has now been extended to include data from the London cycle hire scheme. This is described in some detail in this article here, which also provides some more information about Chromaroma and how it might relate to informing more sustainable travel choices. My own personal experience of the game was that it was really tiresome and irritating, but I’m probably not in the target demographic.

Bike route planning tool pilot in Copenhagen

Described here, in this announcement from Living Labs Global. It’s basically a roll-out of the system that already exists in Stockholm, developed by Swedish company Astando. The Danish Road Administration (Vejdirektoratet) is involved.

The tool, called Billy Bike, is a winner of a call for pilots on the future of cycling by the City of Copenhagen. The terms of the pilot are quite interesting – you can read them here.

Cardiff bike hire scheme not a success

Most of this article is behind TransportXtra‘s subscription wall, but even so it’s obvious that the Cardiff scheme has been a disappointment. It would be interesting to know more about why (surely it can’t be because the signs are in Welsh?) – and this is an important lesson for those who think appeals to ‘smarter travel’ and voluntarism by the willing are going to be enough to decarbonise personal transport.