Beirut, Belfast, Melbourne and Tbilisi also

Glasgow is one of five cities around the world that will this weekend host Cyclehack, bringing together people from around the world to come up with ideas to make urban areas better for cyclists – and to turn their ideas into reality.

Belfast, the Lebanese city Beirut, Melbourne in Australia and Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, are also involved in the 48-hour event, which is free to attend and includes workshops, films and presentations as well as hands-on sessions to devise hacks and build prototypes. The concept is explained in this video.

Cyclehack filmexplanation from Cycle Hack on Vimeo.

Organisers say: “During Cyclehack, teams of people with a variety of skills create and build new ideas to reality in just 48 hours, which are subsequently uploaded online for the world to share. The event is supported by people who are excited about making cycling easier where they live and have experience of moving around the city. To add to the mix, software developers and designers contribute to help make the ideas real over the weekend.

“Typically the first evening is spent discussing ideas and forming small teams. Hack ideas are presented having been submitted to the event organisers prior to the weekend, who have been busy collecting city cycling barriers and issues via their research and interviews. All the ideas are open source under the Creative Commons Copyright License for anyone around the world to share.

“Following the event, an exhibition created via a variety of materials will conclude the research gathered from the Cyclehack event, access to which will be available to the public.”

Cyclehack Glasgow began yesterday evening at the Whisky Bond, 2 Dawson Road G4 9SS, and concludes with a prize presentation of the best hacks at 8.30pm on Sunday.

You can follow the weekend’s events through the Cyclehack website as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.