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Innovative mobile app develops cycling in city regions

Published on 5.6.2023
Tampere University
Pyörä pyörätelineessä, taustalla kaupunkimaisema
Photo: Jonne Renvall / Tampere University
An international group of researchers led by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) recently launched a groundbreaking mobile app for both iOS and Android. The app aims to enhance bikeability in city regions through people's cycling experiences. The app was developed through a research collaboration between five universities. In addition to the universities of Barcelona and Tampere, the project involved the universities of Twente, Aveiro and Dublin.

BiciZen is an open and collaborative platform that allows users to share experiences and information about cycling providing valuable data to improve cycling infrastructure and promote sustainable transport and environmentally friendly lifestyle.

As an innovative solution, the BiciZen app allows cyclists to share information and experiences on bicycle parking, theft, safety, conflicts, obstructions, and other hindrances. The platform also allows users to suggest improvements and share good cycling experiences. The map-based app works anywhere in the world.

The app contributes to the sense of community among cyclists

BiciZen users contribute to the dialogue on the future of cycling infrastructure in their city region by providing data to help understand cycling practices and problems. At the same time, the app contributes to the sense of community among cyclists. The anonymized data collected in the BiciZen app is openly available to all interested parties. It can therefore be used not only by cyclists but also by urban and regional planners, NGOs, activists, and researchers.

The BiciZen project was a research pilot of the SMART-ER Research Institute of ECIU University, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program. ECIU is the European Consortium of Innovative Universities.

SMART-ER is a research, innovation, and education alliance (SMART European Regions) under the ECIU. It enables member universities to work together to address complex societal challenges by developing research-based solutions to build sustainable cities and communities in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 11.

The BiciZen team, committed to open science, encourages everyone to use the app and contribute to making city regions more bikeable!

The BiciZen app in Google Play store

The BiciZen app in App Store

Additional information

Read more on BiciZen website.

Tampere University, Professor of Regional Studies, Jouni Häkli, tel. +358401973664, jouni.hakli [at]

Tampere University, Professor of Environmental Pedagogy, Kirsi Pauliina Kallio, tel. +358401904025, kirsipauliina.kallio [at]

Tampere University, Researcher Miki Mäkelä, tel. +358503086051, miki.makela [at]