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SenS Cycle

Bicycle routing
based on intersubjective
sensation of stress
in daily traffic

Project Overview

The 'SenS Cycle' project originated from an integrated project during my master studies of Applied Geoinformatics at the University of Salzburg. Work on this project is now continued to gain further insights and for methodological improvements that may contribute to future scientific publications.
In the domain of urban mobility, 'SenS Cycle' aims at providing new evidence for urban planning to support a shift towards more liveable and healthy urban environments.

  • long-term goals: new evidence for bikeability in urban planning, bicycle routing application providing most comfortable route (avoiding stress)
  • second cycle of the case study in the city of Salzburg
  • 4 different sample routes from Techno-Z (Itzling) to Residenzplatz (City centre)
  • stress-level detection based on physiological measurements
  • study of intersubjectivity of stress sensation among participants
  • computation of intersubjective stress index per route segment


Your support is highly welcome!
As a small thank-you gift, you will receive a 10 Euro gift card for Europark Salzburg after successful participation

  • Get informed about the study: Participation details >
  • Register by sending a short (informal) e-mail to Please name a general time frame when you are usually available for participation (e.g. Mon-Fri 8:00 to 10:00 or Wed-Fri 18:00-20:00).
  • Wait for further instructions, fixing a time slot for participation and defining a meeting point.
  • Participate by cycling the pre-defined routes wearing our sensor equipment and answering the surveys.
  • You receive a 10 Euro gift card for local shopping centre Europark after successful participation.

Thank you!


Shifting human mobility to sustainable transport modes is a major concern for society in order to reduce human contribution to climate change as well as to improve liveability and health in urban environments. For this change to succeed, alternative modes of transport need to become more attractive. Bicycle traffic can play a substantial role for short to medium distances. For cyclists, perceived safety and stress level are major concerns. Therefore, quantitative assessment of cyclist stress sensations is valuable input for urban planning and for optimized routing providing low-stress routes. This work is based on the hypothesis that stress sensations of cyclists quantified using physiological measurements show spatial correlation and thereby lead to an intersubjective indicator for perceived bikeability. In a first step, a case study in the city of Salzburg, Austria is conducted. Secondly, an automated workflow for stress detection and aggregation is developed. Results show that the hypothesis holds true amongst case study participants and that measured stress generally matches reported stress perception.

First results

GI_Forum / AGIT 2018

Within this year's AGIT / GI_Forum conference in Salzburg, I presented the first results of my 'SenS Cycle' project during the poster session on July 04. Thank you to everyone who stopped by for the inspiring discussions! And many thanks for voting for my poster making it possible to win the 3rd price in the best poster award!

Here you can view and download the poster:
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