3 cities - 3 different approaches - one question - many different answers

BRUSSELS | Jun 2017 – Jan 2018

PING time: 3 months in summer / 3 months in winter
1000 participants
23.086 tracks recorded
24.260 commented PINGs
TOP PING: potholes
analysis, report and recommendations
initiated by the Regional Government of Brussels


PING if you care! was implemented to find out, where infrastructure issues are effectively bothering road users, which problems other than infrastructure flaws cyclists encounter on their everyday journeys, how it is affecting them, and how safety is perceived. A special focus was put on the question if gender, age, years of bike use, etc. will experience cycling in a different way and therefore also PING differently.

AMSTERDAM | Mar 2019

1 month PING time March 2019
700 active participants
24.000 tracks recorded
36.460 commented PINGs
TOP PING: surface issues
analysis workshop with different city departments
initiated by Gemeente Amsterdam


PING if you care! was implemented to evaluate the impact of an upcoming major change of a traffic rule that would ban mopeds from bike paths. The idea was to quantify the impact of the rule change perhaps by an eventual drop of moped related conflicts reported by cyclists around the time of implementation. Besides this principle goal, Amsterdam used PING if you care! to learn about the cycling experience including where citizens would give positive feedback. The Amsterdam PING set was adapted, offering the option to praise places or circumstances.

MUNICH | Sep – Oct 2019

1 month PING time September – October 2019
50 active participants
1855 tracks recorded
2568 commented PINGs
TOP PING: conflicts on cycle path
analysis workshop with different city departments
initiated by Landeshauptstadt M√ľnchen


The PING if you care! campaign in Munich followed a very different approach than Brussels or Amsterdam. The city was focussing on collecting reports from cyclists living or working in a specific quarter as to complement already ongoing research of the EU project HANDSHAKE in the same area. Despite the relatively small scale of the implementation, PING has revealed some very particular issues as very common in the area.