‘Blubel’ experiment may improve cyclists’ safety

09.52 | 8 August 2018 |

Cyclists in Enfield are being asked to take part in a new scheme to highlight where improvements are needed along cycle lanes in the borough.

Enfield Council is providing volunteers with ‘Blubel’ navigation devices to collect data on the conditions of the borough’s cycling infrastructure – and help them find quieter routes.

The Blubel, which looks like a conventional bicycle bell mounted on handlebars, houses an app which can guide cyclists along quieter and safer routes.

Blubel can also be rung like a traditional bicycle bell, in order to report hazards – which can later be tagged in the app. For example, a cyclist can tag a pothole in the road or highlight a dangerous junction.

Enfield Council will use the scheme to plan improvements to cycle routes in the borough, and ultimately enhance the safety of cyclists.

Cllr Daniel Anderson, Enfield Council’s deputy leader, said: “Enfield Council has partnered with Blubel to effectively and efficiently crowdsource data from the community and ultimately, make our cycling network the envy of all Londoners.

“This is a fabulous opportunity for riders to help make cycling safer and more enjoyable. We want our residents to feel empowered and highlight hazards.

“The information collected will help our urban planners and engineers improve and develop routes that are beneficial to all.”



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