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Flycycle is partnering with Somernova - an urban innovation campus designed for entrepreneurs - to pilot and sandbox the next generation of bike racks. A shared passion for innovation in mobility quickly transformed into a collaboration to design and test the Lightning Bug rack to meet the current and future needs of cyclists.


Flycycle’s Lightning Bug racks sense the approach and presence of bikes, interacting with people as they record data about bike rack use. With aggregated information on patterns of bike parking, urban areas can learn and adapt to better serve the needs of people on two wheels.

Lightning Bug bike racks integrate Particle IoT (Internet of Things) technology to program LED light sequences based on motion detection in and around the racks. The “brains” of these smart bike racks were designed with Bob Vinci of Optimus Systems, a design and consulting firm for IoT systems.

The roots of the Lightning Bug rack are deep in Somernova and the Camberville innovation scene. The first Flycycle racks were prototyped at Artisan’s Asylum and installed at Aeronaut Brewing Company, two anchor institutions at Somernova. Now, with Rafi’s support, the next generation of bike racks is being built at Somernova.


April 28: Biked to Somernova recently? Take the bike rack survey!

April 22: Lightning Bug racks installed at Aeronaut Brewery

April 15: Lightning Bug Racks Set to Iterate Alongside Somerville Startups: Somernova and Flycycle announce details of experimental pilot project.

Locations at Somernova

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In partnership with

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