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Monday, October 29, 2012

Fort Collins uses technology to track cyclist behavior [Coloradan]


Ray Browning of Fort Collins, rides his bike to work on West Elizabeth Street on Wednesday morning. He is part of a research program about bike traffic by CycleTracks, which helps cities better plan bicycle traffic routes. / V. Richard Haro/The Coloradoan
Local cyclists have the opportunity to shape what the future of Fort Collins’ cycling infrastructure will look like by downloading an application on their smartphone and simply doing what they normally do — riding their bikes.
CSU, the city of Fort Collins and the Coalition for Activity & Nutrition to Defeat Obesity, or CanDo, are partnering to record Fort Collins cyclists’ transportation and recreation rides using the CycleTracks app.
CycleTracks, which can be downloaded for free from the iTunes store, uses an iPhone’s GPS to record the user’s bicycle ride. The data gathered will be used by the city to determine what areas need more bike lanes, trails or signs to help with traffic flow.
The app, developed by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, anonymously logs the users’ routes and enables the city to review their trips right on the phone. All the data collected is anonymous and no personal information — only the cyclist’s route data — is shared with the study team, according to the app’s developers.

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