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WeCount partner, Transport & Mobility Leuven has been awarded Information Flanders’ ‘best API’ prize for its traffic measurement program with Telraam.

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As part of WeCount’s effort to calculate urban air quality, 1,000 Barcelona and Madrid residents will use strawberry plants to measure pollution in their cities.

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On 5 November, WeCount joined ClairCity for a webinar exploring citizen-led science. Panellists discussed how projects are pioneering urban mobility by the people, for the people; revealing issues policymakers across Europe- and the globe- will need to heed if they are to establish truly sustainable mobility agendas.

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As research is being pushed online, citizen science is an increasingly popular tool. However, if such initiatives are to be successful, they must learn from one another.

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This webinar, organized in association with Horizon 2020 funded project ClairCity, brings together experts from across the field to share experiences and advice.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic brought face-to-face scientific research to a screeching halt, analysts scrambled to find an alternative. Citizen science offered a solution. With portable, accessible and low cost software increasingly available, projects like WeCount have brought the public to the forefront of mobility studies. However, is this technological explosion really the nirvana it promises for citizen science?

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Two citizen science pilots are fully underway in Belgium (Leuven) and Spain (Madrid & Barcelona), involving 400 households. Citizens were given sensors to be mounted in their household’s windows to quantify local road transport and the speed of cars, large vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. Hybrid events took place to guide them through the process. The activities were developed in the scope of the EU-funded project WeCount.

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WeCount’s first Policy Brief builds upon the Citizen Science approach and methodology employed by the project, its shift from face-to-face to hybrid interactions and how the citizen-science and concept can help to tackle challenges brought about by COVID-19.

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WeCount will participate in the first edition of the Urban Mobility Days in the discussion focusing on “Data-driven decision making tools for small and medium-sized cities”, taking place on Thursday, October 1st, 10:30 – 11:30 (CET).

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WeCount is featured in the latest issue of the Thinking Cities Magazine, released in mid-July. The article focuses on how Citizen Science projects such as WeCount and the use of Telraam by engaged citizens proved essential in monitoring urban mobility patterns during the COVID-19 lockdown in Belgium.

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Are you curious to know more about how the Telraam sensor is installed? Look no further!

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At a time where monitoring changes in traffic is vital, WeCount will play a key role in informing decision-making in this challenging situation. Keep up to date with the latest on WeCount by signing up to our newsletter.

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Earlier this month, WeCount participated in one of POLIS’ webinars, as a part of a series prepared for its members, on COVID-19 and mobility, with a specific focus on planning mobility for post-lockdown.

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With major changes to travel habits across Europe, citizen science projects like WeCount are going to be increasingly important to monitor changes and inform decision-making, writes Griet De Ceuster.

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In the framework of the Horizon 2020 WeCount project Telraam is, spring 2020, returning to the place where it all started, Leuven in Belgium. In spring 2019, a small-scale test pilot with 100 newly-developed traffic counting devices, named Telraam, was carried out in Kessel-Lo, a dense neighbourhood in the city of Leuven. Aim was to investigate both the added value of those traffic counts for the sake of planning and policy making. Second part of this pilot was to test the citizen engagement aspect. Would the audience appreciate this citizen-science tool, and would they volunteer to host such device at their homes. Ever since, the return on both of these aspects has been overwhelming.

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Six high-level participants launch the Citizens Observing Urban Transport project WeCount, established in the aim to empower citizens in five European cities to take a leading role in the production of the data, evidence and knowledge that is generated around mobility in their own communities.

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