One of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) goals is to move Colorado towards zero traffic deaths, which includes bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities. Bicyclists and pedestrians have unique safety needs and can be particularly vulnerable to crashes involving larger motorized vehicles. These two groups account for 12 percent of the road accident fatalities across the state each year.
The CDOT RoadX Bicycle and Pedestrian Challenge, in partnership with the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN)’s Imagine Colorado and Bicycle Colorado, was an open innovation challenge that asked entrepreneurs and innovators to come together to develop inventive technological solutions to protect bicyclists and pedestrians in Colorado.
Open innovation challenges are a method to support and accelerate change in the world. These challenges have the potential to inspire creativity, attract new talent, mobilize capital and strengthen problem-solving in communities.
RoadX is Colorado’s bold commitment to be a national leader in using innovative technology to improve the State’s transportation system. The goal of the RoadX Challenge was to engage civic imagination and harness the power of the collective from every corner of the world in order to protect bicyclists and pedestrians through emerging technological solutions.
The $500,000 RoadX Bicycle and Pedestrian Challenge included two tracks:
Track 1: Idea-thon, participants submited an innovative technological idea to improve bike/pedestrian safety.
Track 2: Do-athon, participants submited an innovative and implementable technological idea to improve bike/pedestrian safety and deploy the technology within eight months.
The RoadX Bicycle and Pedestrian Challenge received more than 300 submissions from around the world. Eight winners were selected based on specific challenge criteria related to feasibility, adoption and scalability. Winners of the RoadX Bicycle and Pedestrian Challenge were announced Tuesday night at the RoadX celebration.
winners of the international challenge
Five winners were chosen for Track One- Idea-thon: Groundbreaking technological ideas to improve bicycling and pedestrian safety. Each winner received a prize of $10,000.
Winner: Eando off we go
Concept: Diffracted optic laser U-light
Description: Makes riders more visible using a neon red three-foot arc surrounding the bicycle
Winner: Ryan Ninness
Concept: Bicycle/Pedestrian Early Detection System (B.E.D.S.)
Description: Marries radio frequency ID technology with reactive road signage to alert drivers
at intersections: “Bicycles Present When Flashing”
Winner: David Whittingham
Concept: Do you see me?
Description: Proposes obligatory web-based review of bicyclist and pedestrian information with visuals in the Colorado Driver Handbook
Description: Collects important data to inform planning, design, auditing and maintenance of bike and multi-use paths
Winner: Tim Reinen
Concept: Big Foot
Description: Increases the footprint and visibility of bikers with illuminated LED raised pavement markers along the side of the biker
Winner: Scott and Julie Brusaw
Concept: ColoRoadie Safety System
Description: Specially engineered solar panels illuminate paths and driving surfaces
CDOT and partners recognize we are not finished yet. Stage two of the Do-athon track will award $150,000 to the winning team that deploys the best working technology over the next eight months. The runner up will receive $50,000 and third place will receive $25,000.