Melbourne is still striving to become a world-class cycling city. Is our fear of riding holding us back or is it genuinely unsafe on the roads? A lack of safety is the major barrier to people getting on their bikes. How safe, or unsafe, it feels to ride a bicycle has an impact on people’s willingness to ride.

The aim of the BikeSpot project was explore differences in the perception of riding risk with the real risk of riding a locations across Melbourne. Specifically, we wanted to uncover if there were locations with a high perception of risk but a low crash history (or vice versa).

Central to this project was a new CrowdSpot map, officially launched on 14 February 2016 at the Sustainable Living Festival and closed on Saturday 30 April 2016, to collect perceptions of risk.

The data collected has been delivered to our Government Partners and we have completed our analysis and results.

Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to this project. This includes all of you who made a submission, 13 Government Partners and 16 community group supporters.


After months of public engagement and over 8,000 submissions, the BikeSpot data has been crunched and the results are in. We've created a project blog post where you can look at the participation data, analysis with VicRoads CrashStats, download the full report and access the interactive bubble map visualisation.

The Map

People were invited to ‘Add a Spot’ at locations where they feel 'safe' or 'unsafe' riding a bicycle. The data collected will help understand the perception of riding risk and inform future bicycle planning decisions.

The map used to crowdsourced data is no longer online but you can still view all the data at the interactive visualisation map below.

To open the map either click on the button below or the image of the map.


The BikeSpot project is a collaboration, enabled by a TAC Community Road Safety Grant, between The Squeaky Wheel and CrowdSpot to further understand the bicycle riding community’s perceived level of safety compared to historical crashes at locations across Melbourne. Specifically, the project aims to identify locations where:

  • There are high perceptions of risk and low historical crashes
  • There are low perceptions of risk and high historical crashes

Project Team

Squeaky Wheel Logo
CrowdSpot Logo

Big thank you to all of our Project Partners and Supporters:

Project Partners

Project Supporters