Big data (Cycle Atlanta) to anticipate development in civic engagement, not just remedy break-downs.


1) Many app services are reflexive and passive neither allowing the individual nor the project to achieve full realization, whereas Cycle Atlanta makes normative claims of what is happening and what is needed proactively.

2) “The Right Way to Make Cities Smart” Cycle Atlanta.

  • Enables cyclists to record their ride data—where they’ve gone, why they went there, what kind of cyclist they are—in an effort to collect more knowledge about cycling in the city.
  • Aggregates information with the explicit goal of helping the Atlanta cycling community advocate for particular infrastructural reforms.
  • Collects data to inform planners where bike facilities should be built.

3) Stakeholders include tax payers, city planning, IT data servers, bicycle riders, city parks, private construction contractors, DOT, Business Improvement Districts.

4) Step 1) Hire tech company to install algorithms, servers, and start-up training to manage incoming date.

Step 2) Establish boundaries of inclusion and exclusion for initial trial period.

Step 3) Reach out to community boards in affected areas to discover their willingness to incorporate potential’s data’s findings.

Step 4) Go live, and see what the users are actually experiencing!


One thought on “Big data (Cycle Atlanta) to anticipate development in civic engagement, not just remedy break-downs.

  1. Data is also useful to track bicyclists congestions and accidents. This gives the DOT information in creating better bike paths and biking regulations.


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