As environmental unsustainable transport systems is one major challenge for cities around the world “Spotcycle” carry a lot of potential. Not only as it promotes bicycles, but it also promotes a shift from products to services by making it easy to rent bikes. The app is aiming to maximize bike-sharing experience. It locates and shows the status of bike stations around you.
This is how it is described:
“With one touch and a quick glance, it is possible to pedaling off to the next destination.”
Read more about the app here www.spotcycle.net/
The best with the app/supporting initiative
+ Focus on the smartest way to move fast between to places in a city (bike)
+ Include a number of cities and can be expended
+ Runs on multiple platforms: iPhone, BlackBerry and Android devices¨
The weak parts of the app/supporting initiative
- Only US cities + London
- Difficult to switch between cities
- Limited information and feedback regarding the positive impacts of biking
- No possibility to comment/rate different renting places or bike paths
What could accelerate this app/supporting initiative into a world changer?
➢ Getting people around the worlds to coordinate actions for smarter city planning. Today the voices of the automotive industry is dominating the debate and while electric cars is a step in the right direction a new approach is needed.
➢ Linking the bike use to teleworking and use of public transport
➢ Allow people to comment and rate
➢ Helping people to calculate the CO2 savings as well as health benefits
➢ Allow bikers to select what policy makers they want to send messages to. Could be linked to important decisions like road constructions or just general communication that remind policy makers that it is not only car owners that exist (like this for example
How direct is the delivery of the result the app tries to achieve
- Long shot
Use the app and you are supporting a smart transportation system that is not just healthy and low-carbon but by connecting to other people that want to use that also strengthen the voice of cyclists in cities.
How transformative is it
- A new world
- A major shift
- A bit of a shake-up
- A gentle rocking
Many city planners are still thinking of the private car as the reference for mobility and everything else have to adopt to this. This is not the way of the 21st century smart transport system and this tool help strengthen a move towards a smart transport/mobility system.
How much does it encourage collaborations
How much are new networks supported
- Strong support for global networks?
- Currently encourages new forms of collaboration
- Provides interesting opportunities in the future
- Restricted to a small (expert) group
The app focus on biking as a service and as bikes are shared it helps people to think about collaborative solutions.
What synergies can be delivered
How well does it also solve other problems/generate solutions
- It solves everything
- Several important challenges
- Some important challenges
- Only one challenge
Biking is not just good for the environment, reducing CO2 and particles, it is also healthy and help people avoid obesity.
Nine billion contribution
How global is it? Is it helping/will it help everyone on the planet
- Instant global equality
- Almost global
- Getting (incrementally) global
- Not applicable
Everyone on the planet can use this kind of solution so it is a very good nine billion solution.
Building on current trends
How well does it use current trends
- The app is setting new trends by itself
- Building on multiple trends
- Effectively building on one trend
- Not really building on any major trend
Increased health, data about your movements, helping to save the planet and contributing to a more livable city. Not a bad set of synergies.
How fast can it deliver
- It's already happening
- In the coming weeks
- In a year or so
- In a distant future (hopefully)
It is up and running.
Does it support transformative transparency
- Brave new transparency
- Transparency that is innovative (never seen before)
- Increased transparency, but nothing innovative
- No increase in transparency
Allowing people to see where biked are available and what is happening is not only helping people to bike more/easier, it is visualizing a movement.