A lack of safety is widely recognised as the major barrier to people getting on their bikes. How it feels to ride a bicycle has an impact on people’s willingness to ride.

BikeSpot 2020 provided the opportunity for all Victorians to share their perceptions of cycling safety at different locations (by adding Safe or Unsafe Spots to the map via a web-based interactive map) and help develop new insights for the prioritisation of cycling safety improvements.

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BikeSpot 2020 was developed by CrowdSpot in close collaboration with the Amy Gillett Foundation and 12 official Government project partners.

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BikeSpot 2020 Screenshot

The map was open for submissions (spot, comments or ‘likes’) for 2 months between 31 March — 31 May 2020. …


Earlier this year we partnered with Plan International and Monash University’s XYX Lab to launch the Free to Be project in 5 cities around the world (Sydney, Lima, Kampala, Madrid and Delhi).

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Free to Be Sydney

Off the back of important research in 2016 that found that one-third of young women don’t feel safe at night in public spaces, this 2018 project follows the success of the 2016 Free to Be Melbourne pilot, which explored safety-related experiences and perceptions of safety in the city.

Free to Be Project Cities

In total, over 20,000 data points were collected across the 5 cities. All of the stories collected can be viewed via an interactive archive map for each city. …


We’ve crunched the WalkSpot data and found that a lack of pedestrian crossings and safe places to cross the street are the top concerns for pedestrians in Melbourne.

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Victoria Walks, CrowdSpot and 15 government partners asked the people of Melbourne to record their walking safety concerns through an interactive online WalkSpot map. There was an overwhelming response to the project with over 1,650 people marking their perception of walking safety and generating close to 9,000 ‘engagements’ overall.

Other issues of concern identified by walkers included drivers failing to give way when turning, traffic moving too fast, problems with footpaths, and traffic light issues like a long wait for the green man or lights not allowing enough time to cross. …


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WalkSpot, our recently launched collaboration with Victoria Walks to explore perceptions of walking safety and amenity, has seen overwhelming community participation with people submitting hundreds of safe and unsafe walking locations across Metropolitan Melbourne. With the project map set to close on 28 April, we are approaching 2,000 spots.

View the map at http://walkspot.crowdspot.com.au

“Our understanding of road safety issues is usually limited to official crash statistics, which only tell part of the story” says Ben Rossiter, Executive Officer of Victoria Walks. …


For the past 6 months the CrowdSpot team was involved in the Melbourne Accelerator Program’s social impact accelerator called Social Velocity.

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The program concluded a couple of weeks ago with a pitch night at LAB 14 within the University of Melbourne precinct. 8 fantastic teams were set the challenge give a 3 minute pitch to a 4 personal judging panel and packed out room.

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The crowd at LAB 14

We were thrilled to be announced the inaugural winner of the MAP Innovation Prize. This means that our three person (Anthony, Finn and Ben) team will be heading to Turin, Italy in July to compete at the European Innovation Academy (EIA). EIA is known as an ‘Extreme Entrepreneurship Program’, that aims to help businesses scale or take ideas to tech start-ups in 15 days. Exciting times ahead!

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Director, Anthony Aisenberg accepting the prize


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We were recently thrilled to be awarded a Commendation for our work on the BikeSpot project at the Victorian Planning Institute of Australia awards. The BikeSpot project explored differences in the perception of riding at locations across Melbourne compared VicRoads CrashStats. All the awards winners can be viewed in the eBook.

Congratulations to everyone of worked on the project including collaborating Partners (TAC and The Squeaky Wheel), 13 Government Partners and volunteers and the 2,000+ community participants.

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Congratulations also the City of Melbourne who won the major Community Engagement award and the award for Best Planning Ideas for their work on the City Road Master Plan. It was a pleasure to work on the project during Stage 1 of the community engagement.

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With increasing urban population and transport congestion it is important for a city to have bike riding as an attractive travel choice. The biggest barrier for people to choose riding a bicycle is the perceived lack of safety. How safe, or unsafe, people feel about riding a bike has a direct relationship with their willingness to ride.

With Melbourne still striving to become a ‘world-class cycling city’, we wanted to explore how our perceptions of riding risk compared with the real risk of riding at locations across Melbourne. …


As a lover of maps, i’ve come across a plenty of insightful interactive global maps over the past few years. Some of them can help you make sense of urban environments and others are simply just beautiful to look at. Below are just a handful of the maps worth sharing.

1. Strava Global Heatmap

Possibly the worlds most viewed spatial visualisation. And for good reason. Data displayed on the Strava Global Heatmap is aggregated from their millions of users who use the app to track their running and bike riding activities. Gain immediate insights into where people bike, run or both. …


At the start of 2015, the City of Melbourne approached us to help engage the local community in the development of their Draft Bicycle Plan 2016–2020. This was an exciting proposition at the time as conducting projects like this one was the reason for creating CrowdSpot.

Starting with a blank map, the project gave citizens the opportunity to add their ideas, issues and ‘likes’ directly on the interactive map below. We designed the base-map to include different types of bike lanes, bike parking and the Council Boundary.

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Participants not only had the ability to add ‘Spots’ to the map but also the ability to add ‘Supports’ (votes) and Comments on Spots added by other users. …

Anthony Aisenberg

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