CAMBIKE SENSOR

Dear CamBike enthusiasts,

Before we all depart to the next Christmas party, let’s take a minute to read through this newsletter. We had a wonderful evening yesterday when we gave a presentation at Camcycle’s monthly meeting. We are also doing an inventory to make sure we know how many sensor kits we have. The sensors that we built are all working but still need to be secured in their boxes. Some of them will go directly to Scotland to the Highland Cycling Campaign and we are alreaady looking forward to the data they will collect.


The Camcycle meeting

Yesterday, we spoke at the Camcycle meeting about the CamBike Sensor project and also did some new data analysis where we focused on Mill Road (do check out their website about a vision for Mill Road at www.camcycle.org.uk/blog/2018/08/our-vision-for-mill-road/).
We found quite a few interesting points! In the morning, our volunteers avoided Mill Road completely (maybe because the traffic is slow?). Instead they apparently used the bridge at the station, but the PM levels there are actually the worst of the whole area!
Mill Road then gets busy around lunchtime. Something interesting happens between 3 and 6 pm, when parents pick up their children from school. The worst levels can at this time be found close to a primary school on Tenison Road! This is probably due to parents waiting in their cars with the engines running. Our data therefor confirms what lots of campaigners for clean air have called for. There are for example two interesting articles about that issue in the Guardian and the Independent.
The PM levels directly on Mill Road are also higher during rush hour than at noon. Below, you can see 4 maps (one that shows the average of all times of day and the 3 others that were just mentioned).

Maps with the data from Mill Road at different times of day.


Database update

We finally updated the database and have now a user creation system in place. Could our volunteers who have already collected data therefore got to app.cambikesensor.net/register.php and create a new account (this time you can choose a password)? We will then move all your data to your new account. The filemanager is still located at app.cambikesensor.net/files.php. We also have a new index page now, in case you don't remember the two web addresses. It's located at app.cambikesensor.net and has the links both for registering and the database.


What’s next?

Before we depart into the Cristmas break, we will finish the sensors and notify you if we have one for you. Depending on how many news we have, we will send out another newsletter or wait until the new year. In this case we would like to thank all our volunteers and everyone who supported the project so far and we already wish you a happy new year!


Until next time,

The CamBike Sensor Team


P.S. If you know anyone who might also like to stay tuned, let them know to just drop us an email!