Researchers from Barts Hospital in London have developed a web-app to help them better understand injuries sustained by cyclists in the Capital.
The Bespoke Project is a collaboration being led by the research teams of the Orthopaedic and Emergency Departments of Barts Health NHS Trust. The Bespoke team is undertaking research to gather information about bicycle related injuries, and will then use the data to work with key stakeholders in a bid to reduce casualties among cyclists in London.
The project team has developed a crowdsourcing web-app that can be used to log cycle accidents, injuries and near misses. Reporting through the app will enable a real time picture of cycling related accidents to be developed, and a map of accident hotspots to be created.
Going forward, the study will look at the circumstances surrounding accidents and the severity of injuries sustained by patients attending emergency departments, and explore as how well patients recover from their injuries.
The team is encouraging cyclists to become involved in the Bespoke project by using the app.
The project is supported by Jon Snow, presenter, journalist and cycling champion, who said: "The innovative Bespoke data project lead by researchers in London’s biggest Emergency Department is key to unlocking data which is currently lacking from the debate about cycle safety in London. I urge all London cyclists to get involved."