Four technology companies have each been awarded €25,000 to further develop smart solutions that help promote the use of bicycles in Dublin.

The projects are focused on helping increase bicycle usage, gathering better data to understand cyclist behaviour and helping deter bicycle theft.

The money was provided by Dublin City Council and Enterprise Ireland as part of the Smart Dublin Small Business Innovation Research.

It is the second phase of funding for the programme.

Six months ago, five firms from 23 proposals and 14 who pitched were granted €12,500 each under the first phase, four of which have proceeded to the next phase.

That will involve piloting their ideas over the next three to six months.

Among those ideas is BikeLook, which monitors bicycle usage and deters and detects bicycle theft.

Another idea is the Liberty Bell from Fluidedge which enables cyclists to record actual or perceived obstacles to aid safe cycling in Dublin. 

A tracker, called See.Sense, which allows cyclists to collect anonymised crowd-sourced data, including the identification of road surface conditions and collision and near-miss hotspot areas is another idea proceeding to the next phase.

While the fourth is Smartcharge, a tracking, logging and data harvesting system for use with bicycles in an urban area aiding the cyclist in predicting the ease of a journey, safety along the way and creating a secure parking facility at the end of the journey.