Bike to Work Day Results

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Newark, Delaware 2017 Bike-to-Work Day & Challenge
The Institute for Public Administration (IPA) at the University of Delaware (UD) conducted applied research to explore the use of participatory planning processes that incorporate community-driven, or “crowdsourced” data data to supplement traditional active transportation collection methods.   “Event-centric crowdsourcing” was tested as a means to engage, disseminate, and collect information from bicyclists during May 2017, in conjuction with Newark Bike-to-Work Day.
Newark Bike-to-Work Day Event
BikeNewark organized the local National Bike-to Work-Day event on May 19, 2017, in partnership with the City of Newark, UD, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), and the Newark Bike Project. Bicycle commuters rode in teams with captain-led “bike trains” that departed from six locations and culminated with a celebration at UD's Mentors' Circle. The event drew attention to bicycling as clean transportation, a healthy lifestyle choice, and source of economic development. The 2017 event included a team “challenge” through Motivate the First State, a campaign designed to inspire Delawareans to get active and make their activities count toward charity. Participants were encouraged to download and use the Plus3 Fitness App to compete with other teams for points. IPA, in collaboration with DelDOT, tested the App as a source of “crowdsourced” data for active transportation planning in Delaware.
May 2017 - General Activity Metrics
• 18,000+ activities logged • Over $6,700 raised for charity • 40,000 miles logged • 8,000 hours logged • 23,100 miles of walking logged • 110 different types of activities logged
May 2017 - Statewide Cycling Activity Metrics
•12,300 miles of cycling logged • Over 764 hours • 533 unique rides were logged • By 69 members
Cyclists by County
New Castle
Cyclists' Zip Code Metrics - New Castle County
Cyclists within only three zip codes in New Castle County, Del. logged over 1,000 miles during the month of May... 19711 - Newark 19803 - N. Wilmington 19807 - N. Wilmington
Lessons Learned
Train and educate "champions" within  partner organizations
Use "snapshot" information to supplement other datasets and public information for planning
Leverage communications and create social media campaigns in advance
Seek opportunities to on-board members of partner organizations
Determine what drives cyclists to track their ride data
Develop SHP files for active transportation planning
Acknowledgements & Project Partners