MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Twin Cities is known as one of the most bike-friendly areas in the country. But there’s always room for improvement, right?
A new cell-phone app, available for free for Droid and iPhones, is helping bike-route planners by tracking cyclists’ moves.READ MORE: Fight Breaks Out At Eastern Carver County School Board Meeting
With hundreds of miles of paths and trails, riders have countless options, which comes with its own challenges.
“One problem we have in bicycle planning is we don’t have quite the same robust data that we have for automobiles and transit,” said Senior Transportation Planner James Andrew.
That’s where the new CycleTracks app comes in.
“It shows the path I choose to take,” Andrew said.READ MORE: Weeks After Deadline, Still No Deal For Frontline Worker Pay
Recently launched by the Metropolitan Council, the app uses the smartphone’s GPS to track each ride.
It was a big draw for Geneva Lloyd.
“It’s for personal use, to know where I’ve been and how much I’ve been biking,” Lloyd said. “I think it’s fun to keep track of that stuff.”
At the same time it’s sending that information to the Met Council, which uses the route data for future planning — everything from path improvements to new trails.MORE NEWS: 'Our Presence Is Showing Our Love': On The Streets Of Minneapolis With Violence Interrupters
“If you’re a cyclist, it’s in your interest to help us do that so we can better understand bicycle travel,” Andrew said.