New ‘Smart’ Cycling Study Underway in Denver

An innovative study is underway in Denver to better understand cycling and how to improve safety, connectivity and equity. The Downtown Denver Partnership is putting on the study and they are gathering data in a unique way. 300 cyclists were given lights, that are also sensors, to put on their bikes.

The sensors will be able to track the user’s breaking and swerving, even when they’re on rough and uneven pavement conditions. This will allow planners and engineers to better understand where a safety issue may exist prior to a crash occurring.

The study aims to collect data representative of cyclists of all abilities, and who ride their bikes for a variety of reasons — whether to commute to work each day or for leisure and recreation purposes.