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BikeBuddy

BikeBuddy - Bicycle Routing Based On Your Personal Preferences

We developed a routing application that does not simply help cyclists to get from A to B, but takes into account their individual requirements in order to make their ride more pleasant. This way, we hope to encourage people to prefer bike over car more often, thus reducing their carbon footprint.

Team
Attractive Cyclists
Martine Ballinger, Michael Dollinger, Tobias Erhardt-Eckstein, William Andy Kruft, Julian Müller, Andrea Wollstein
Contact details
julian.mueller@student.uni-tuebingen.de

Attractive Cycling

Identify factors that make a bike route attractive and develop a prototype estimating these factors to facilitate bike route planning and navigation.

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BikeBuddy - Bicycle Routing Based On Your Personal Preferences

We developed a routing application that does not simply help cyclists to get from A to B, but takes into account their individual requirements in order to make their ride more pleasant. This way, we hope to encourage people to prefer bike over car more often, thus reducing their carbon footprint.

Solution context

Transportation is currently one of the largest source of emissions and thus is one of the key drivers of climate change. Bicylces are a climate-friendly way to cover short to medium distances, such as daily commutes, school rides, and family trips. Almost everyone already owns a bike. So why are there still so many cars on the roads? What factors make bicycling unattractive, and how could these be eliminated?

We discussed these questions thoroughly during our initial brainstorming phase and identified some core issues:

  • Lack of reliable routing services: Existing navigation systems are not optimized for bikes and often lead to unfavourable solutions (e.g. by proposing a route that contains steps).
  • Safety Concerns: As opposed to going by car, when going by bike one might be more reluctant to e.g. use a route that is not lit at night or involves riding next to a tram track.

Solution description

We gathered extensive geographical data from the OpenStreetMap, including the positions of street lights and tram tracks in the city of Heidelberg. Using the OpenRouteService, we generated various routes within Heidelberg and analysed their properties with regard to these features. As a proof of concept, we implemented an application that can generate three routes between two points: The shortest one, the one with the highest proportion of illumination, and the one with the smallest intersection with the tram tracks. As a motivational gimmick, the amount of CO2 saved by not using an (average) car for this distance is displayed.

Furthermore, we developed a concept for how we could extend this app: Besides integrating virtually any data that is available (e.g. elevation, greenness of routes, location of bike shops), we plan on implementing a community system where people can share their favourite routes and indicate spots which they consider dangerous for cyclists. We also consider enabling multimodality, i.e. incorporating other means of public transport. For this, we'd approach local municipalities and motivate them to provide e.g. bus schedules which we could then integrate into the route planning.

We're planning on continuing our work on BikeBuddy with the cooperation of the GIScience group (https://www.geog.uni-heidelberg.de/gis/index_en.html), whose members already provided us with valuable advice during the Hackathon. Our solution is based on the openrouteservice (https://openrouteservice.org), which has been developed by this group.

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