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CYCLED STUDY

City-wide bicycling exposure
modelling study

Our mission

The CYCLED (CitY-wide biCycLing Exposure modelling) Study aims to develop a world-leading platform for city-wide modelling of cycling exposure. This will provide unparalleled insights into cycling exposure by combining multiple cycling data sources through the use of advanced spatial statistical and machine learning techniques. Overall, we anticipate the use of these data will result in improved safety for cyclists, lower injury rates, increased cycling participation and reduced inequities.

The project is led by the Sustainable Mobility and Safety Research Group at Monash University.

Project overview

Cycling has numerous health, environmental and social benefits, through factors such as reduced traffic congestion and air pollution, and by promoting an active lifestyle which in turn improves population health.

How safe someone feels when riding a bicycle is the major barrier to increased cycling participation. Therefore, providing protected cycling infrastructure (such as bicycle lanes that are physically separated from traffic) has the power to increase the number of people who ride bikes. However, there is a complete absence of detailed data related to where and when people cycle.

In this project, we propose to develop a platform that will enable us to model the number of cyclists on each road in a city. This will enable us to address significant knowledge gaps in cycling safety, identify areas in which we need enhanced cycling infrastructure and enable us to evaluate the effectiveness of existing infrastructure. Overall, we anticipate the use of these data will lead to increased cycling participation, enhanced safety, and improved infrastructure planning, thereby resulting in substantial gains in population and environmental health.

The CYCLED (CitY-wide biCycLing Exposure modelling) Study is led by Dr Ben Beck and is funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (DP210102089).

This project has ethical approval from the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (Project ID: 29848)

Do you want to get involved?

Be part of a study to make Melbourne a better place for bike riders.

If you live in Greater Melbourne and ride a bike at least once a month, Monash University wants to understand the routes that you choose when bike riding.

The Sustainable Mobility and Safety Research Group at Monash University are conducting a study to understand where and when people ride bikes, with the aim of enhancing safety and the implementation of cycling infrastructure.

Participating in this study involves:

  • Completing a survey about your bike riding (10 – 15 mins),
  • Downloading a smartphone app (Ethica) to collect GPS data, and
  • Attaching a Bluetooth beacon to your bike.

The Bluetooth beacon will be sent to you in an envelope once you have completed the survey. The data collection period is two months. It is a rolling data collection process and we encourage you to be part of our study any time before August 2022.

If you are interested in being involved in the study, click the link below and go into the draw to win:

  • One Velectrix Urban+ Electric Bike from 99 Bikes (step through frame; valued at $2,195);
  • One of 20 $100 BikeChain vouchers; or
  • One of 20 Bicycle Network memberships (valued between $131 and $185 each, which provide bike riding insurance and other rewards).

Participant instruction guide and FAQs

See our participant instruction guide for:

  • How to download and set up Ethica: Android
  • How to download and set up Ethica: iPhone (IOS)
  • How to attach the bluetooth beacon to your bike
  • Frequently asked questions

Meet the team

Chief / Principal Investigators

  • Dr Ben Beck

    Head of Sustainable Mobility and Safety Research, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Victoria, Australia

  • Professor Chris Pettit

    Director, City Futures Research Centre, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

  • Dr Meead Saberi

    Senior Lecturer and Head of CityX Research Lab, Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI), School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

  • Dr Simone
    Zarpelon-Leao

    Senior Lecturer, City Futures Research Centre, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

  • Dr Kerry Nice

    Research Fellow, Transport, Health and Urban Design (THUD), Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • Professor Tarek Sayed

    Department of Civil Engineering, The University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada

  • Professor Trisalyn Nelson

    Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, United States

  • Professor Meghan Winters

    Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

Collaborators

  • Professor Mark Stevenson

    Director, Transport, Health and Urban Design (THUD), and Professor of Urban Transport and Public Health, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • Dr Jason Thompson

    Senior Research Fellow, Transport, Health and Urban Design (THUD), Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • Professor Le Hai Vu

    Deputy Head of Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University, Victoria, Australia

Staff

  • Debjit Bhowmick

    Research Fellow, Sustainable Mobility and Safety Research Group, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Victoria, Australia

  • Danyang Dai (Daidai)

    Research Assistant, Sustainable Mobility and Safety Research Group, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Victoria, Australia

Contact us

If you have any questions, please email our team at:
SPHPM-sustainablemobility@monash.edu

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