This blog is intended to connect with those who share my intrest in urban mobility, bicycling and spatial information. I love to interact with enthusiastic and inspiring colleagues from any domain, with users who apply mobility research outcomes and of course with all the bicyclists around the world.
Originally, this blog was intended to document the progress of my PhD project. But since it became more than a one-way outlet of bits and pieces of quite specific research activities, I’d like to extend the initial idea and use the blog as a platform for sharing and discussing thoughts, ideas, research plans and results. It should be a shortcut to the scientific community and to all bicycling enthusiasts.
I’m a geographer working with Geographical Information Systems (GIS). These are powerful tools which help us to manage the vast amount of spatial data and gain new insights through modeling, analysis and visualization. In my current work I employ GIS to better understand urban mobility and specifically utilitarian bicycling. Moreover, I aim to provide relevant information for those who are responsible for infrastructure, for any kind of decision makers and above all, for bicyclists.
In this sense I understand the acronym not only as Geographical Information Systems (the tools and concepts) or Geographical Information Science (the scientific domain and community) but as Geographical Information Support. And more specifically as geographical information support for bicyclists. GIS and mobility – or more specifically bicycling – research, planning and management can and should build a fruitful, symbiotic relationship. Although we have several great examples for this, the relationship is not as tight as it could be yet. Thus the name of the blog can be understood as a mission statement, a vision: the merge of GIS and bicycling matters. And that’s exactly how the blog got its name GIcycle. Sometimes things are really simple.
All the details about how GIS can help to promote bicycling as attractive mode of transport, how it is utilized and which research questions are still looking for answers are dealt with in the respective blog posts. If you have any ideas, great examples or related problems to share, please feel free to use the contact form!