Illinois is fifth in the nation for bicyclist deaths...

Gina G., Yanacey I., Chloe C., Sydney J.

The WatchIt aims to lower the numbers on that map by making cyclists more aware of their speed and surroundings. The average biker goes about 10mph, but there are obviously exceptions to this statistic. The WatchIt notifies the user every time their speed increases to an increment of 3. If they go over 15, the user will be notified to slow down.

More than 100 adults are killed in cycling accidents every year, although it is a small number of fatalities, there are approximately 20,000 people that are seriously or slightly injured. Many of these accidents could be avoided if cyclists were more careful and aware of their surroundings.

We created WatchIt to help bikers monitor the speed they are travelling at. Our goal is to lower the numbers on the map above by making cyclists more aware of their speed and surroundings. It is important for bikers to travel at a slower speed, taking in consideration the fact that they are travelling with limited amount of protection. Using WatchIt, bikers are more prone to go at a speed that allows them to be more cautious of their surroundings. Bikers that go at a slower speed will help reduce the number of possible collisions that lead to severe injuries or even death.

Programming the motion sensor to work like a speedometer.

Gina is a rising senior. She is thinking of majoring in computer science. She is the Co-President of the Wheel-throwing club in her high school. In her free time, she likes to watch movies and hang out with her friends and family. Yanacey is currently a rising senior. She is thinking of majoring in Bioengineering. She is a varsity softball player and manages a cross country team. In her free time, she likes to ride her bike and spend time with her family. Chloe is currently a rising senior. Chloe is thinking of majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Business. She is the captain of her school’s tennis team, a member of her school’s Investment Club, Book Club, and Asian Club. In her free time, she likes to read and watch tennis channels. Sydney is currently a rising junior. She is thinking of majoring in robotics engineering. She is All-City, All-State, and All-American in track and field for long jump. She is in a service club, MVP of the track and field team, and junior class Treasurer.

This project was made by Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program students at Verizon Chicago.