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Reducing the ice hazard for cyclists

Project Description

Non-collision incidents are a leading cause of harm to cyclists in the UK causing four times more hospital admissions than collisions with vehicles. Ice has been highlighted at the most significant contributory cause of these accidents, causing more serious injuries among cyclists than any other factor (ROSPA, 2017). Hence, there is a need to work towards reducing these incidents to not only improve the safety of cyclists and reduce the injury burden on hospitals, but also to assist in the promotion of the mode of transport as a healthy and economic alternative for travel.

The Internet of Things is rapidly maturing and now provide the means to develop pervasive environmental sensing at a scale that was impossible just a few years ago. The winter road maintenance sector has already embraced the potential with low-cost sensors now used to augment winter forecasts by local authorities in the UK and beyond (Chapman & Bell, 2018). Local authorities have a duty of care to treat cycle-ways as well as roads, but as the 1826 ice related cyclist admissions to hospitals in 2016/2017 demonstrate, considerable work is still needed (ROSPA, 2017). This PhD will provide a solution to this problem by using the Internet of Things to produce an ice warning system for cyclists and deliver new insights about winter cycling habits.

Funding Notes

CENTA studentships are for 3.5 years and are funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). In addition to the full payment of their tuition fees, successful candidates will receive the following financial support.
• Annual stipend, set at £15,009 for 2019/20
• Research training support grant (RTSG) of £8,000


Chapman, L & Bell, S.J. (2018) High-Resolution Monitoring of Weather Impacts on Infrastructure Networks using the Internet of Things. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 99:1187-1154

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