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.
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.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.