Professor Kari Watkins and Professor Christopher Le Dantec joined with city officials, bicycle advocates, and Midtown community members on Friday, October 12th to launch Cycle Atlanta, a new smartphone application. Cycle Atlanta tracks cycling routes and is designed to help the city with future cycling decisions. The development of the app is a joint project among Georgia Tech, the City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) and the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). It’s funded through a contribution from ABC and the ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative planning program.
“By looking at cyclists’ origins, destinations and route, City of Atlanta transportation planners will be able to see which roads are avoided and which are popular,” said Professor Watkins. “The city can use the information to make future decisions about where infrastructure is needed to create bike-friendly routes throughout Atlanta.” “One of the main reasons people don’t frequently cycle is a lack of safe infrastructure – dedicated bicycle routes, roads with bicycle lanes and other designated bicycle facilities,” said Professor Le Dantec. “The city has a desire to put proper infrastructure in place but needs better information from citizens about where they currently ride and would like to cycle.”
To use the application, cyclists simply tap “Start” to begin recording their ride. When the ride is over, they hit "Save" and add details such as trip purpose and optional comments. Cyclists are able to see a map of their ride, distance travelled and average speed. The route is also uploaded to data servers, where city transportation planners have access to it.
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