BikeBuddies - route matching for cyclists in the City of Bristol. UK

By News Editor / Updated: 17 Aug 2020

BikeBuddies matches cyclists’ journeys to and from work. It allows people who are new to cycling or who are coming back to cycling after a long period to find a Buddy who is a more experienced cyclist.

BikeBuddiesBikeBuddies was first set up by Bristol City Council for Bike2Work week in Bristol. BikeBuddies matches cyclists' journeys to and from work. It allows people who are new to cycling or who are coming back to cycling after a long period to find a Buddy who is a more experienced cyclist. Their Buddy will then cycle to and from work with them for a few days and show them cycle-friendly routes and give them tips and hints on dealing with traffic. In Bike2Work week lots of people are cycling to work, some for the first time, BikeBuddies helps them find people who are cycling along a similar route and allows them to choose a suitable Buddy.How it works: you simply register with the system giving a few personal details, your journey details and any way-points (e.g. you drop off a child at nursery). The BikeBuddies system then automatically finds people and journeys who match you and could realistically become BikeBuddies. The system then allows you to securely and anonymously exchange details so that a matching pair of people can contact each other and decide if and when they want to cycle together. Your personal details are never revealed unless you approve the match.>Many experienced cyclists would like to see more people cycling and pass on some of their skills and experience. BikeBuddies offers them a perfect opportunity to help people new to cycling. For a new cyclist or someone that does not usually ride to work or college, then Bikebuddies is an excellent way of tapping into the skills and experience of regular cyclists.We hope the end result will be more people cycling regularly.Bristol City Council also supports other associated activities such as adult cycle training programmes offering confidence and skill-building for those coming back to cycling after a long period, cycling workshops, tutorials and promotion targeting all age groups and a car sharing scheme designed to reduce traffic and parking demands within the city.Bike Buddies was developed by 234car.com at the University of Bristol. It uses a unique route matching technology based on a geographical information system to map cyclists' journeys all the way along their routes. It incorporates information on cycle routes and cycle-friendly routes.BikeBuddies and carshareBristol are initiatives of Bristol City Council
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17 Aug 2020