Smartphone app will help Toronto cyclists contribute to new cycling plan

The City of Toronto has launched a new, free smartphone application (app), called Toronto Cycling. This app will enable cyclists to contribute to the future of cycling in Toronto.toronto-cycling-app.jpg

"This app will be an effective and inexpensive way for cyclists to provide us with their route information, which is useful for planning the cycling network," said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. "It will help us determine what routes in the city are well travelled by cyclists and what linkages may be missing to make cycling trips safer, easier and more convenient."

The Toronto Cycling app uses the GPS (Global Positioning System) system on a smartphone to record a cyclist's trip information, such as the route taken and the length of the trip. These details will form a part of the City's data collection and analysis for developing a new cycling network plan.

The new cycling plan will expand on Toronto's 570-kilometre existing cycling network and will be presented at Toronto City Council in 2015.

The app records real-time stats that include the average speed, maximum speed, distance during a trip, number of calories burned by a cyclist and the greenhouse gas offset as a result of the trip.

The easy-to-use app created for the City by Brisk Synergies can be downloaded on all Apple and Android devices. Cyclists simply press start when they begin their trip and press stop when their trip is completed. Their trip information is then submitted to a database as GPS information for analysis. All information is collected anonymously to protect the user's privacy.

More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/cyclingapp.  

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