Rescue Geography  

Experiments with commuter cycling

Maps

This page contains a selection of the maps produced during the analysis of the data produced by the cycle participants.  These can be viewed online or downloaded to Google Earth if you want to take a closer look.

Overview
This map gives an overview of all the topics discussed.  The online version is somewhat cluttered and is best viewed in Google Earth.
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Accidents and injuries
Only 6 of 28 participants mentioned accidents they had been involved in.  This map shows material relating to both accidents and non-bicycle-related injuries.
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Animals
17 of the 28 participants talked about animals at one or other stage of their ride.  This map shows the different types of animals mentioned and whether they were present when the participant talked about them.  Note the concentration of wildfowl along the canal corridor and dogs in park areas.
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Bells
Not all of the participants had a bell on their bike; they were most commonly used whilst riding down the canal corridor.
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Pavements
13 out of 28 participants made comments about riding on pavements.  Sometimes these were designated cycle 'lanes' but mostly this was transgressive behaviour.
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Wind
All participants commented on the weather in some form.  The wind, with its capacity to both help and hinder attracted a number of responses.
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Smells
8 of 28 participants mentioned smells.  These tend to be more obvious and immediate whilst riding.
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Other cyclists
19 or 28 participants made comments about other cyclists - not all of these were complimentary!
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Road surface
19 of 28 participants talked about the surface on which they were riding.  The majority of these comments were negative.
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Cycle infrastructure
21 of 28 participants made some comment about cycle infrastructure, whether this be the canal towpath, the use of pavements, obstacles which cyclists have to overcome or formally designated cycle lanes.
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Multimedia

Time lapse tracking
This youtube video shows the bike rides as if they all took place on a single day.  For the sake of brevity the middle of the day, when there was no cycling activity, has been cut out.

3D topographic model
View all the cycle routes in a 3D topographic model of the Birmingham area.  Note, you will need to download a VRML plug-in for your browser.

Raw data

Part of the philosophy of Rescue Geography is to make the research data that underlies the analysis publicly available.  These data can be found on the spatial transcripts page.