Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
"SensorBike"- bicycle for research in cycling comfort and safety
Cycling in urban and rural areas plays a decisive role in strengthening active and sustainable mobility. Students of Transport Management at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences investigated environmental and other factors influencing cycling safety and comfort with SensorBike - a bicycle equipped with sensor technology. SensorBike It is a measuring bicycle equipped with numerous sensors such as power meters, vital sensors, acceleration and vibration sensors, climate meters, distance meters and cameras. Ten students of the master's degree course in traffic system management were involved in the project. The purchase of the two measuring bicycles and the sensor technology was financially supported by the Dr. Joachim and Hannah Schmidt Foundation for Traffic and Environment and the Association of Donors of the University of Karlsruhe.
SensorBike records all influencing variables that affect the energy requirements for cycling (longitudinal inclination, wind speed, road surface, etc.), variables that determine the cyclists' riding comfort (weather, climate, etc.), variables influencing traffic safety (lateral distances, braking acceleration, etc.) and traffic-related environmental effects that affect the health and well-being of cyclists (air pollution, noise pollution, etc.). The two SensorBikes developed at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences are among the first measuring bikes in Germany to be equipped with such a wide range of measuring sensors, enabling such a comprehensive field of application.