A key proposal in the Belfast Bolder Vision for the city centre is a focus on the ‘Civic Spine’ running from Queen’s University in the south to the new Ulster University campus in the north. The aim is to foster a much safer, more attractive environment that encourages more people to walk and cycle on their journeys along this route.

Drawing on technologies developed by UK-based start-up, ngenius.ai, the Smart Belfast team are working with colleagues from Belfast City Council’s City Regeneration Department and the Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure on a pilot project that is seeking to use Machine Vision and Machine Learning to gather anonymised information about how people currently use this route, and to identify obstacles that reduce the capacity for more active travel. The information will begin to inform decisions on future plans for the Civic Spine.

The initiative will rely on technology being developed by ngenius.ai in collaboration with Belfast City Council and a number of other UK councils as part of the Geo-spatial Commission’s Transport Location data competition.

You can find out more about the Belfast’s Bolder Vision at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/boldervision.