A “sniffing” device under the handlebars of your bicycle? The province of Utrecht started this special experiment in 2018, together with 50 involved citizens. The ‘Snifferbike’ (Snuffelfiets) not only measures particulate matter, but also maps cycling routes, feels unevenness in the road surface and measures heat stress. The Urban Future, Civity and Sodaq have entered into a partnership to map Environment and Air Quality data on the bicycle network. The Sensors from Sodaq, the data platform from Civity and CyclePRINT from The Urban Future visualize extra information about your cycling network. What insights does that yield?
“More and more people are worried about the climate and air quality,” says Claar Schouwenaar, project leader digital innovations and pilots at the province of Utrecht. “Many citizens, for example, measure particulate matter in the air from their backyards. Together with data agency Civity and SODAQ, expert in the Internet of Things, we asked ourselves: can we not deliver that kind of data in real time and measure it on a mobile basis? That is how the idea of a sniffing bike came about. ”
Combining the data from Snifferbikes with data from measuring cabinets at fixed points creates an image of air quality, heat stress, the condition of the road surface and the use of bicycle routes. RIVM takes care of cleaning and validation of the data; CyclePRINT visualizes them.
“The expertise of CyclePRINT could make it possible to gain insight into which measures we should take or how we can adjust policy,” Claar continues. “We are still investigating how exactly. Above all, we want to start a movement: that more governments join and the technology is tested further. It would be nice if bicycle data is now collected via multiple platforms. This way data and policy come closer together and they can strengthen each other! ”
“It would be nice if bicycle data is now collected via multiple platforms. This way data and policy come closer together and they can strengthen each other! ”
Claar Schouwenaar, projectleader digital innovations and pilots at the Province Utrecht