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Research Results Video

This video summarises the results and policy implications of our e-bike research in the UK. When an e-bike is made available, many people choose to use it, and it has substantial effects on their travel behavior. This is likely to result in reduced carbon emissions, lower congestion and an increase in health and wellbeing

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Research Results Video

This video summarises the results and policy implications of our e-bike research in the UK. When an e-bike is made available, many people choose to use it, and it has substantial effects on their travel behavior. This is likely to result in reduced carbon emissions, lower congestion and an increase in health and wellbeing. Our study gave electrically-assisted bikes to 100 people, for 6-8 weeks each (commuters of 2 large employers+community groups). The ‘smart’ monitoring system recorded and transmitted bike usage data, used with survey+interview data. Watch the video for more results!

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A ‘smart e-bikes’ perspective on Collective Awareness for Sustainability and Social Innovation

Our efforts to spread the word about the ‘Smart e-bikes’ project continue with a presentation by Frauke at the BarCamp of the CAPS conference  http://caps-conference.eu/  which is the first international event on Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation and is taking place in Brussels on 1st July 2014. CAPS projects  http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/collective-awareness-platforms-sustainability-and-social-innovation  are EU-funded projects working towards “harnessing collective intelligence for taking better informed and sustainability-aware decisions”.

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A ‘smart e-bikes’ perspective on Collective Awareness for Sustainability and Social Innovation

Our efforts to spread the word about the ‘Smart e-bikes’ project continue with a presentation by Frauke at the BarCamp of the CAPS conference http://caps-conference.eu/ which is the first international event on Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation and is taking place in Brussels on 1st July 2014.

CAPS projects http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/collective-awareness-platforms-sustainability-and-social-innovation are EU-funded projects working towards “harnessing collective intelligence for taking better informed and sustainability-aware decisions”.

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Smart e-bikes at the Eco Technology Show

The Smart e-bikes Project had a stand at the Eco Technology Show held at Brighton Centre on 14 – 15 June 2013. One of the excellent cycle trainers used by the project was on hand on both days to give advice and help people who wanted to ‘have a go’ on a Raleigh Dover bike (one of the bikes used for the trials) and people seemed to enjoy the experience of whizzing around the area at the back of the ground floor of the Brighton Centre

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Smart e-bikes at the Eco Technology Show

The Smart e-bikes Project had a stand at the Eco Technology Show held at Brighton Centre on 14 – 15 June 2013. One of the excellent cycle trainers used by the project was on hand on both days to give advice and help people who wanted to ‘have a go’ on a Raleigh Dover bike (one of the bikes used for the trials) and people seemed to enjoy the experience of whizzing around the area at the back of the ground floor of the Brighton Centre.

Several people were interested in finding out more about the project and it was a worthwhile experience for the project team and a chance to meet and discuss the project with members of the public and other people interested in sustainability and alternative transport.

On Friday, 14th June at a talk entitled Bupa International taps into pedal power: Will we all be riding e-bikes in years to come?, Harriet Barratt Dorling, Manager of Economic and Social Engagement in the Arts at the University of Brighton’s Faculty of Arts, gave a short presentation on the research project, its aims and methodologies. A Bupa employee who took part in the Smart e-bikes research trial gave a first hand account of how she found the experience of using an electric bike. Although she enjoyed the experience, she explained that she is a very keen cyclist and over the period of the 2 month trial she noticed that her levels of fitness had dropped. However, she did stress that she cycles every day on a normal bike and felt that for most people this would not be a problem as she believed that the opportunity to use an electric bike was mostly beneficial and more likely to encourage exercise and the use of a bike for the majority of people.

Bupa International was the initial company to be involved with the Smart e-bikes Project and the data collected from the trials forms an integral part of the research for the project. Forty-one Bupa staff took part in 2 sets of trials between June and November 2012.

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Latest news from the project

The Smart e-bikes Research Project has recently published two videos about its work, and also features on the Guardian website. SMART E-BIKES VIDEOS We have recently uploaded 2 videos, which were filmed during an e-bikes trial event in Brighton on 9th March 2013. The aim of the event was to raise public awareness of e-cycling, by offering free training to members of the public, and to gather information for the research project

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Latest news from the project

The Smart e-bikes Research Project has recently published two videos about its work, and also features on the Guardian website.

SMART E-BIKES VIDEOS

We have recently uploaded 2 videos, which were filmed during an e-bikes trial event in Brighton on 9th March 2013.

The aim of the event was to raise public awareness of e-cycling, by offering free training to members of the public, and to gather information for the research project. The event was organised by the University of Brighton and Brighton & Hove City Council, and funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

One video provides interviews with the participants at the event and captures their attitudes and insights. The other video concentrates on the nature of the project research – explaining its rationale, the trials involving a fleet of 35 e-bikes in Brighton and Hove, and the development of an open-source/sensor monitoring system that enables real-time display of rider data, plus research analysis.

The videos are available at: http://www.youtube.com/user/smartebikes

FEATURE ON THE GUARDIAN WEBSITE

A thoughtful article, written by Dr Frauke Behrendt, the Smart e-bikes Project Leader, has recently been published on the Guardian Sustainable Business partner zone, entitled “Using electrically-assisted bikes: lazy cheaters or healthy travellers?”

It is available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/electrically-assisted-bikes-lazy-or-healthy

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Brighton & Hove Active Travel Forum – 19 March 2013

Brighton and Hove’s latest ‘Active Travel Forum’, organised by Brighton & Hove City Council, took place at the University of Brighton, Grand Parade building, on Tuesday 19th March. Frauke presented the Smart e-bikes research project alongside other presentations on: Brighton Bike Train: Promotion, support and resources Personalised Travel Planning 2012: What the public think about travel City Cycle Ambition grants: New funding for Brighton & Hove? For enquiries about the Active Travel Forum, contact David Brindley, Health Promotion Specialist, Brighton & Hove City Council: David.brindley@brighton-hove.gov.uk

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Brighton & Hove Active Travel Forum – 19 March 2013

Brighton and Hove’s latest ‘Active Travel Forum’, organised by Brighton & Hove City Council, took place at the University of Brighton, Grand Parade building, on Tuesday 19th March.

Frauke presented the Smart e-bikes research project alongside other presentations on:

  • Brighton Bike Train: Promotion, support and resources
  • Personalised Travel Planning 2012: What the public think about travel
  • City Cycle Ambition grants: New funding for Brighton & Hove?

For enquiries about the Active Travel Forum, contact David Brindley, Health Promotion Specialist, Brighton & Hove City Council: David.brindley@brighton-hove.gov.uk

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Smart e-bikes at Electric City with David Cameron and Boris Jonson

Today, the Smart e-bike project is presented at the Urban Age ‘Electric City’ conference in London today.

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Smart e-bikes at Electric City with David Cameron and Boris Jonson

Today, the Smart e-bike project is presented at the Urban Age ‘Electric City’ conference in London today. The conference was opened by Craig Calhoun (Director of LSE), Ricky Burdett (Director of the Cities Program), David Cameron (Prime Minister) and Boris Jonson (Mayor of London).

You can watch the live stream of the conference and check out the conference newspaper and program.

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Our researchers talk about the project on 31 October 2012

Our e-bikes researchers  Frauke and Chris will be talking about the project on 31st October at 1pm at University of Brighton, Watts building, room 504 as part of the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics’ Research Seminar Series. They will discuss the development of the fleet of 20 ‘smart e-bikes’ that are currently out in a trial with commuters of a Brighton-based insurance company. Their talk will particularly focus on the modular monitoring toolkit that has been developed to collect data about the usage of the bikes

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Our researchers talk about the project on 31 October 2012

Our e-bikes researchers Frauke and Chris will be talking about the project on 31st October at 1pm at University of Brighton, Watts building, room 504 as part of the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics’ Research Seminar Series.

They will discuss the development of the fleet of 20 ‘smart e-bikes’ that are currently out in a trial with commuters of a Brighton-based insurance company. Their talk will particularly focus on the modular monitoring toolkit that has been developed to collect data about the usage of the bikes. It combines GPS tracking, ioio boards, sensors, android phones, custom-made electronics and a server to collect a variety of data. The collected data can be used both for analysis and for providing feedback to the trial participants using the e-bikes.

To attend the seminar, please contact Nicola Gillis on n.j.gillis@brighton.ac.uk

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