Category: How can we improve transport in Britain?

Cycling innovators and the chance to win a fat bike

By , 28 May, 2015 9:06 am

Bike Week — the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK — is coming up on 13-21 June.

Bike Week

The first Bike Week took place in the UK in 1923 — some 40 years after the potentially lethal penny-farthing had been replaced by the safety bicycle — and was started by the Cyclists’ Touring Club. It has since been replicated in Ireland, Canada and the US. In the UK, it takes place annually on the third week of June. It encourages ‘everyday cycling for everyone’ and aims to promote the benefits of cycling to the environment, society, and individuals’ health. The 2015 event has a particular focus on cycling to work.

In 2014, almost half a million cyclists took part in over 1000 events nationwide. This year’s event is in June, but there are hundreds of events taking place throughout the rest of the year. You can find out what events are happening in your area at www.bikeweek.org.uk, along with your nearest bike shops!

In the Geovation team we take a keen interest in events and innovations that promote active lifestyles. Following our 2013 Active Lifestyles Challenge, four GeoVation winners are developing ventures to enable people to be more active, whether through walking, running, or other sports and activities.

In our 2010 Transport Challenge we encouraged ideas which considered more sustainable forms of transport (including cycling). Two of the winning ideas from the latter challenge, Cyclescape and the London Cycle Map Campaign, focused on improving cycling.

Greater London Cycle Map

Greater London Cycle Map

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myPTP’s development and the results so far

By , 10 March, 2015 8:00 am

A guest blog from Liftshare on the development of myPTP, one of the winning ideas from our challenge, ‘How can we improve transport in Britain?’. Read more about myPTP as showcased on the OS website.

“easy to use and provided travel plans which were well laid out and simple to understand.“

“results were extremely well received, often producing journey opportunities such as cycling, public transport or car-sharing that staff had not considered.”

“not only is it a fantastic tool, very easy to use, but we are really seeing the benefits to the end user.”

This is just a small sample of the feedback myPTP has received so far and it’s only going to get better!

Enabled by Geovation funding, myPTP was developed by Liftshare, as the first ever planning tool to integrate data for all modes of transport; including walking, cycling, public transport, car-sharing and single occupancy car journeys. And myPTP is the only travel planning tool in the market that can integrate Park and Ride schemes into searches.

It delivers a detailed and interactive personalised travel plan in less than a minute, which can be emailed directly to an individual or viewed online through an interactive page of results.

Details within a myPTP include all viable travel options, journey length times, number of changes, mode of public transport (if applicable), petrol costs, CO2 emitted and calories burnt for journeys displayed.

These are all quickly produced once an individual’s name, email address, start and end postcodes, desired arrival departure times and current mode of travel are collected.

To-date myPTP has been used by organisations such as Centrica, National Grid, Everything Everywhere, University of Oxford, Peterborough City Council and many more to help encourage sustainable travel and create behaviour change.

Below follows a snapshot of some of the projects myPTP has assisted and the results so far:

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New GeoVation booklet published!

By , 17 June, 2014 8:00 am

We’re pleased to announce the latest version of the GeoVation Booklet has now been published!  The booklet includes information on GeoVation Challenges and case studies on winning ideas!

The booklet has some intereImage of the GeoVation booklet cover and hyperlink to downloadsting facts about GeoVation which was launched in October 2009. In that time:

2511 participants have registered

630 ideas have been submitted

77 teams have participated in GeoVation Camps and

28 winners have been awarded a share of over £637,000 in innovation funding to develop their ventures.

There’s information on all our GeoVation  challenges from our first GeoVation Awards Programme in 2009  through our problem focussed challenges aimed at building local resilience. In 2010 we launched 2 challenges focussed on how we could feed ourselves in Britain and reduce the environmental impact of transport in a sustainable way. In 2012 we ran a challenge focussed on resolving neighbourhood problems and building a sense of community, and a further challenge themed around connecting communities and visitors along the new Wales Coast Path to tie in with its launch.  In 2013 the GeoVation Challenge focussed on improving environmental performance, set against the context that UK companies could save £6 billion a year if they used resources more efficiently. Our latest  challenge aimed at encouraging active lifestyles  was focussed on the £8bn cost to the UK economy as a result of our inactivity.

We’ve made the booklet available online, so you can find out how you can innovate with GeoVation, the GeoVation journey, about the 28 winners Ordnance Survey has funded  and the ideas they have launched or which are in development.

Download your copy of the GeoVation booklet and find out more!

Individual case studies are also available on our website

If you would like a copy of the GeoVation booklet sent to you, please email us at champions@geovation.org.uk

GeoVation Challenges are open to entrepreneurs, developers, community groups, government and individuals. They are focussed on finding innovative and useful ways of using geographical information, including open data and tools, to build new ventures that will generate social, economic and/ or environmental value.

 

 

We’re really excited! For many months now we have been working on Click here to download booklet creating a GeoVation booklet to include information on  GeoVation Challenges and case studies on winning ideas – and now its published!

The booklet  has some interesting facts about GeoVation which has been running since October 2009.  In that time:

  • 1448 participants have registered
  • 509 ideas have been submitted
  • 57 teams have participated in GeoVation Camps and
  • 20 winners have been awarded a share of over £435, 000 in innovation funding to develop their ventures.

GeoVation Challenges are open to entrepreneurs, developers, community groups, government and individuals.  They are focussed on finding innovative and useful ways of using geographical information, including open data and tools, to build new ventures that will generate social, economic and/ or environmental value.

We’ve made the booklet available online,  so you can find out more about how you can innovate with GeoVation, the GeoVation journey,  the ideas we have funded so far and the people who make GeoVation happen.  We’ve also made the case studies available individually on line – see our case study map.

Download your copy of the GeoVation booklet and find out more!

- See more at: https://www.geovation.org.uk/?s=booklet&x=0&y=0#sthash.jKzEvtIB.dpuf

AccessAdvisr – 18 months on from our Geovation Challenge

By , 3 April, 2014 8:00 am

Today’s guest blog is by Neil Taylor from AccessAdvisr, winners of the How can we improve transport in Britain Challenge. Access Advisr is a website that helps you find out, and rate, how accessible different places, and transport networks are. Unlike other sites, Access Advisr doesn’t rely solely upon static audited information, or the ‘official’ information made available by transport system operators. Uniquely, the site enables people to share their advice and experiences (good or bad) on how accessible they find different places and transport networks in the UK.

Since we participated in the GeoVation Challenge focused on ‘How can we improve transport in Britain’, we have continued developing the BETA version of the AccessAdvisr website through a series of projects in Lowestoft, Milton Keynes and Nottingham.

GooglePlay – AccessAdvisr App

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An innovative idea to see your transport options

By , 27 March, 2013 8:00 am

Development funding from GeoVation enables innovative ideas to get started.  We’ve published case studies in which GeoVation winners, like liftshare, explain what happened after they won funding and how they developed their innovative idea.

liftshare were one of the winning ideas awarded funding in our ‘How can we improve transport in Britain?’ GeoVation Challenge with their idea for a tool to create individual personal travel plans.

A personal travel plan in itself is not a new idea. However, being able to create a plan with all an individual’s options in one document, with a search time of under 30 seconds, is the innovative idea that was put forward by liftshare.  liftshare is a social enterprise, which describes itself as mission-driven rather than profit-driven’ and whose aim is to encourage sustainable transport options and cut carbon emissions by car-sharing. It wants to get people to think about their travel options, but understand that this isn’t always easy, especially for those new to an area or working parents. myPTP’s are individual personal travel plans produced in a single document, which allow individuals to evaluate their transport options while considering CO2, financial and other implications such as calories burnt. This can be used to improve the commute to work and create a modal shift towards more sustainable travel options.

liftshare image

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Developing an idea to make difficult journeys easier

By , 21 March, 2013 8:00 am

So what happens if you win funding from GeoVation to develop your idea?  We’ve just published case studies in which several of our GeoVation winners explain how they went about developing an idea. One of these, AccessAdvisr, is a Access Advisr collage platform that enables members of the public to improve the quality of information relating to the accessibility of transport stops and stations, as well as public places. It aims to make difficult journeys easier for people with limited mobility. The idea came from Neil Taylor, of Integrated Transport Planning Ltd (ITP), and was awarded funding in our ‘How can we improve transport in Britain?’ GeoVation Challenge.

Insight from previous user-needs research conducted by ITP revealed that accessible transport networks and destinations remain ‘hidden’ from clear view. People with limited mobility must often piece together information about the location, quality and reliability of accessible transport networks and destinations from journey planners, online maps, discussion forums and destination websites. AccessAdvisr aims to be relevant to anyone who needs information about the accessibility of transport and places before and during their journey. It puts people who experience mobility impairments in charge of managing and maintaining accessibility information, so that it reflects ‘real-world’ user perspectives.

After securing funding, the key stages of the project were to review and broker existing data, recruit a team of
software developers, establish proof-of-concept software specifications and develop the software.  Find out more about how the project has progressed  by reading the case study. Continue reading 'Developing an idea to make difficult journeys easier'»

Collaboration and User Innovation in Transport – presentations now available

By , 4 October, 2012 8:00 am

Last Monday 24 September,  GeoVation – hosted “Collaboration and User Innovation in Transport” at the Royal Society of Arts, London.

Whilst this was a GeoVation event with a different flavour, in so much that funding wasn’t up for grabs on this occasion; the open and collaborative ethos that typifies GeoVation was very much utilised throughout the day. Peter ter Haar, Director of Products at Ordnance Survey kicked off proceedings with a welcome and introduction.

peter ter haar introducing the day

Peter ter Haar’s welcome and introduction

This was followed by a number of thought-provoking presentations, videos, posters and discussions compered by Richard Kemp-Harper of the Technology Strategy Board.

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GeoVators collaborate in transport innovation

By , 28 September, 2012 8:00 am

link to event information

On Monday we held our Collaboration and User Innovation in Transport event at the RSA in London.  The event,  which was supported by Ordnance Survey, the Ideas in Transit project, Department for Transport, Technology Strategy Board and SBRI, was a great success with over 70 people attending from government, universities, and organisations involved with sustainable travel and technology.

The event, which was introduced by Peter ter Haar of Ordnance Survey,  had a great line up of speakers throughout the day from Forum for the Future, Technology Strategy Board, Ito World, Arup , University of the West of England, Loughborough University and the Department for Transport and GeoVation.

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Liftsharing with Innovation Challenge winner

By , 27 September, 2012 8:00 am

One of the winners of innovation funding in our 2011 GeoVation Challenge How can we improve transport in Britain? were liftshare with their idea myPTP . This is an innovative web-based tool, designed to provide personalised travel plans to individuals at a fraction of the current time and cost.

Next week (1-5 October) is liftshare Week. Over half a million people have already joined the liftshare network, to share lifts and typically save about £1,000 a year and last year, liftshare Week won a European award, and over 6,200 new members signed up in just five days! This year they’ve done even more to make the campaign more successful than ever…

image for liftshare week

 

 

Encouraging innovation in transport – see the agenda for our free event

By , 20 September, 2012 8:00 am

link to event information

 

 

 

On Tuesday we posted a list of the great speakers lined up for our Collaboration and User Innovation in Transport event at the RSA in London on 24 September.

Today we can show you the Agenda. Find out whose on when and what they’ll be speakilink to registerng about.

If you would like to attend there are still a few free tickets available so don’t miss out on this opportunity to listen to these great speakers and share your ideas on the future of transport. Register now.

https://geovationcollaboration2012.eventbrite.co.uk

 

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