The four Dublin local authorities and Enterprise Ireland have today launched the €100,000 Small Business Innovation Research Challenge (SBIR), which aims to find innovative, smart cycling solutions to increase the number of people cycling in Dublin through the application of data on bicycle use.

Part of the Smart Dublin initiative, the SBIR challenge is open for applications from any organisation, developers of ICT and software solution providers, universities and service providers.

“We want to increase cycling in Dublin, both across the Dublin Region and in the City Centre with a target for a quarter of all trips in the city centre to be taken by bike.  Achieving this objective will require major investment in cycling infrastructure, increased promotion of cycling as an option, supportive policy decision making, and a step change in attitudes to cycling in our city,” said Sarah Scannell, recently appointed ‎Cycling and Walking Promotion Officer, Dublin City Council.

“There are a number of short term improvements possible through the application of smart, low cost innovative technologies. The SBIR challenge will allow us to provide seed funding for companies and individuals to develop innovative and data driven smart cycling proposals to accomplish this goal.”

The SBIR challenge is seeking proposals which advance the use of existing cycling data, create new cycling data to enhance understanding of cycling issues, and develop methods to improve cycling safety and reduce bicycle theft in the city. Interested parties can apply on SmartDublin.ie

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