Oxford cyclists can now track real-time traffic

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Oxfordshire County Council has launched an experimental website that tracks cars, bikes and people across Oxford in real-time.

The aim of oxbike.co.uk is to show how quick and easy it is to get around the city by cycling, said the council.

The data is being collected by Vivacity Labs via sensors installed at 60 locations. Artificial intelligence logs and classifies passing transport throughout the day.

The site features a map highlighting transport hotspots; a chart indicating estimated travel times for various modes of travel; a current breakdown of transport types; and historical patterns.

Councillor Yvonne Constance, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “Oxbike is a welcome contribution to our travel and transport work as a county and will enable the council and partners to understand the journey data much better.

“This will play a particularly important role as the council looks to expand and develop an upgraded cycling infrastructure amid the recovery from the pandemic and as we look to implement ways to cut emissions and wider transport plans including bus gates for Oxford.”