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A man bikes along the 16th Street Mall Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 in Denver. (Michael Ciaglo/Special to The Denver Gazette)

The Downtown Denver Partnership is beginning a year-long study Friday, analyzing the traveling patterns of 300 cyclists to learn how to improve cycling safety in the city.

Each volunteer cyclist will be given a See.Sense light to put on their bikes that will anonymously record things like severe braking, swerving and rough and uneven pavement conditions to identify challenges in Denver’s bike network.

“See.Sense presents an incredible opportunity for us to better understand how people are using Denver’s bicycle networks throughout the city,” said Tami Door, president and CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership.

Denver will be the first city in the United States to use See.Sense technology to conduct this kind of assessment. Similar studies using See.Sense have previously been held in the United Kingdom.

The 300 volunteer cyclists each ride their bike at least three times per week. The volunteers range from those who bike to work each day to those who bike only for leisure to make sure the data is representative of a wide range of cyclists.

The study is being sponsored in large part by Gates Corporation, a 110-year-old Denver-based manufacturer of power transmission belts and fluid power products.

“A well-connected, safe and equitable multimodal mobility network is imperative for our city’s businesses, employees, residents and visitors,” said Tom Pitstick, Gates Corporation chief marketing officer. “Gates is proud to support this effort.”

The data and technology generated in this study will be shared with the city and potentially used in future cycling safety studies.

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