Over 48 hours, participants in each city will design and develop solutions to barriers they face while cycling and actively build prototypes to test their solutions. Ideas generated from each event are uploaded to the Global CycleHack Catalogue: an open source website where all ideas are shared and used in cities all over the world. Past ideas have been digital, physical, policies, local plans, campaigns and events, and many have gone on to be developed further in collaboration with businesses, local government, and other cyclists. CycleHack 2014 produced the worldwide sensation Penny in Yo’ Pants which is now being developed into a product to help women cycle in skirts.
While each global city is run independently, CycleHack events receive support and encouragement from CycleHack HQ and the wider CycleHack community. There are over 25 cities hosting local CycleHack Events over the same weekend including London, Vancouver, Sydney, Cape Town, San Paolo, and Taiwan.