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International Association of Travel Behaviour Research

Tim will be representing the Disruption project a the 14th International Conference on Travel Behaviour Research in order to disseminate the project findings to a global audience. The conference is being held in Windsor from 19-23 July 2015.

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International Association of Travel Behaviour Research

Tim will be representing the Disruption project a the 14th International Conference on Travel Behaviour Research in order to disseminate the project findings to a global audience. The conference is being held in Windsor from 19-23 July 2015.

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Presentation on Flexi-mobility by Prof. Greg Marsden

Here is a 28 minute presentation by Prof. Greg Marsden on the Flexi-mobility concept and the research and data behind it.  This was recorded at a workshop in Leeds in February 2015

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Presentation on Flexi-mobility by Prof. Greg Marsden

Here is a 28 minute presentation by Prof. Greg Marsden on the Flexi-mobility concept and the research and data behind it.  This was recorded at a workshop in Leeds in February 2015

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Bikehangar is handed over to residents

Abby Hone, Frauke Behrendt and Chris Sevink by the Bikehangar Brighton’s first Bikehangar – an on-street lock up for bicycles – has been officially handed over to residents. The University of Brighton-led project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Brighton and Hove City Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF)*

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Bikehangar is handed over to residents

Abby Hone, Frauke Behrendt and Chriis Sevink by the Bikehangar

Abby Hone, Frauke Behrendt and Chris Sevink by the Bikehangar

Brighton’s first Bikehangar – an on-street lock up for bicycles – has been officially handed over to residents.

The University of Brighton-led project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Brighton and Hove City Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF)*.

The hangar was formally presented on Tuesday, 9th September to the Ditchling Rise Area Residents Association (DRARA) which will manage the facility.

The hangar, on the corner of Ditchling Rise and Shaftesbury Road, is part of the university’s ‘smart e-bikes’ research project which is trialling and researching electrically-assisted cycles.

The ‘smart e-bikes’ research project, led by the University of Brighton between 2011 and 2014, is funded by the EPSRC. The aim of the project is to understand how people engage with smart e-cycling and the issues for policy, design/product development and research that could lead to a higher uptake of e-bikes in the UK, with the aim of reducing carbon emissions.

Dr Frauke Behrendt, senior lecturer and leading the project at the university, said: “This trial enabled us to understand how the combination of an e-bike and sheltered cycle storage might encourage more people to take up cycling. The Bikehangar is of particular importance to those who do not have space to park their bike in or outside their own homes.”

The new hangar has six spaces available for rent by nearby residents.

Attending the handover were: Abby Hone, Principal Transport Planner, Brighton & Hove City Council; Chris Sevink, Chair of the Ditchling Rise Area Residents Association; and Frauke Behrendt, Project Leader, Smart e-bikes Research Project, University of Brighton.

One of the Smart e-bike project's bikes by the Bikehangar

One of the Smart e-bike project’s bikes by the Bikehangar on Shaftesbury Road

* Further information on Brighton & Hove City Council’s LSTF project can be found here.

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Things move people around

So this is interesting for Internet of Things experiences. Objects telling us to where they want to go… Part of the Tourism Work Package led by Janet Dickinson and Julia Hibbert from Bournemouth University has involved working with visitors to the  Tom’s Field campsite in Purbeck. The visitors have been using the Sixth Sense Tourism app for iPhones that let’s users share information about where they are, what they can share: car journeys or collect things from nearby shops for them

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Things move people around

So this is interesting for Internet of Things experiences. Objects telling us to where they want to go… Part of the Tourism Work Package led by Janet Dickinson and Julia Hibbert from Bournemouth University has involved working with visitors to the  Tom’s Field campsite in Purbeck. The visitors have been using the Sixth Sense Tourism app for iPhones that let’s users share information about where they are, what they can share: car journeys or collect things from nearby shops for them

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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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