Social Innovation on Two Wheels

March 1, 2011 at 11:25 am 2 comments

By Peter Baeck

Everyday i bike in to work, and as i have previously blogged about, being a cyclist in London is, besides from being the quickest, healthiest and most environmentally friendly way of getting around, still connected to a number of perils. These include steering clear of buses turning left, dodging potholes and finding the most bicycle friendly route. Some free cycle training is a good way of getting better at doing the first, and the fixmystreet app is a great tool for the dealing with the second, , and now there is inspiration from Edinburgh on how we can do third.  

Inner tube map taken from

Dedicated cyclist from the bicycle recycling charity the Bike Station, have tarted developing ‘Inner Tube’, a map of all of Edinburghs bicycle paths, presented in a conceptual map inspired by the the london tube map. Whats fascinating is that this map will be developed from the bottom up by the cities bicyclist, who through phone apps and email can report newly discovered paths, and changes to ones already on the map.

This sounds like it could potentially be a really strong resource for public services in Edinburgh, all they need to do is integrate it in how they think and plan the city and partner up with the charities intelligence gathering. Anyway, hope a similar map will be developed for London, and thinking that maybe this should be the new years resolution i never made 2 months ago.

Any other good ideas out there on social innovation on two wheels?

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. alecpatton  |  March 1, 2011 at 11:47 am

    My favourite example is the Stop SMIDSY website, where cyclists can document collisions and near misses (SMIDSY stands for ‘Sorry Mate, I didn’t see you!’)

  • 2. alex  |  March 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Fantastic visual and helpful map.

    Edinburgh is trying hard, but they can’t quite join these paths up.

    From south to north is blocked by Princes Street.


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