This article was published in 2016, in Newsletter 125.
CycleHack is a 48-hour event aiming to make cities cycle-friendly through reducing the barriers to cycling and prototyping new ideas to improve the cycling experience and encourage more and safer cycling. More than 40 other cities around the world have signed up to host CycleHack events in their communities over the weekend of 24 to 25 June, 2016.
Cambridge will be joining cities around the world for a weekend-long CycleHack event, which will be held at Anglia Ruskin University and other locations where specialist equipment may be required. Participants will be encouraged to test their ideas and prototypes around town during the event.
CycleHack was launched in 2014 in Glasgow and has since grown to a global event. In 2015 CycleHack had more than 600 participants from over 25 countries across five continents. 67% of participants were inspired to cycle more. In 2016 the event is set to be even bigger with more than 40 cities already registered.
CycleHack Cambridge is hoping to attract a whole range of people from developers, makers and data scientists to nontechnical artists, designers and those who are interested in cycling and have some great ideas. We also want to include representation from all corners of our diverse cycling community and want to see lots of students and young people taking part. This event will bring together the key elements of our Cambridge culture: cycling, innovation and technology.
The event encourages participants to prototype and test their ideas during the weekend to see how they will work in their intended context. Solutions can fall into one of the five CycleHack categories; digital, physical, policy, local plan, event/campaign. Hacks will be loaded to the online open source catalogue to show how the ideas can be replicated. Prizes will be awarded to the best hacks.
Partners organising the event so far include Cambridge Cycling Campaign, the Smart Cambridge Programme (Cambridge County Council), CoDE Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, and CycleStreets.
CycleHack Cambridge is now providing additional partnership and sponsorship opportunities for the event. Involvement can be through financial sponsorship, donation of skills and time, promotion of the event, provision of materials/merchandise/technology for the event, mentoring during the Hack or provision of prizes.
If you would like to be involved with the event please get in touch through email@example.com
Roxanne De Beaux