Social Biking Challenge

Social Biking Challenge

Antonios Proestakis
Main Organisation


The Social Biking project (S-b) is a Social Network Intervention to motivate European citizens to be more physically active and use more environmentally sustainable forms of transport. It is an internet based research project based on the BikePrints app which allows users to form interactive groups and track their rides to collectively earn points which are eventually exchanged with prizes. S-b mainly targets to grow social capital among users and make cycling a social habit which will remain even after withdrawing the prizes.

Participation Spectrum

When and Where

Start Year

Policy Context

Science or Policy Field
Specific Topic
Health: Increase physical activity;
Transport: Use sustainable means of transport: bicycles.


Communities or representatives involved
Municipalities, Local bike associations.
How were the Participants selected?


Methodologies used
Tools Used
Spaces Used


Main Outcomes and Lasting Achievement
The data collection has just finished. Data will be analysed and results will be published in a scientific journal.
How were the outcome taken up within the process they were carried out?
In progress scientific publication.
Feedback provided
Other Feedback
Citizens were receiving feedback in everyday base through the app.
Were the methodologies used elsewhere?
DG EAC want to use our app to motivate people to sports during the European Week of Sports and DG MOVE to motivate bike use as sustainable mean of transport during the European Mobility Week.


Reason for such challenges and solutions
We used the network of the European Mobility Week for recruiting local organizers who eventually recruited citizens. We face practical issues with the help of the local organizers and language barriers through a contract with an external translation company.
Target on organizations who are really motivated and understand the overall idea and offer them the tools to promote the idea further. Incentives are always helpful.