New Web App Helps D.C. Residents Find Bike Path Of Least Resistance | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

New Web App Helps D.C. Residents Find Bike Path Of Least Resistance

Play associated audio
Bikeplanner.org could make adding a bicycle to your commute less of a hassle.
Becky Lettenberger/NPR
Bikeplanner.org could make adding a bicycle to your commute less of a hassle.

It just got a whole lot easier for cyclists in the area to plan their bike routes. A new trip planning website is the first in the nation to use bike sharing technology to help riders plan their routes. It's called bikeplanner.org; think of it as a Google Maps for cyclists.

"It's a website that helps people plan bike journeys and bike share journeys in the D.C. Metro area," says Kevin Webb. He works at Open Plans, the non-profit that developed the free web app that shows riders the fastest, flattest and safest routes — based on the terrain — for getting from point A to point B.

For frequent users of Capital Bikeshare, it'll even tell you how many bicycles are available or if a vending location is full.

"It takes data from the Capital BikeShare system on an ongoing basis — real time information  about the availability of bikes and dock locations around the city and it helps you plan journeys," says Webb.

At City Bikes in Adam's Morgan, Community Outreach Coordinator Saul Leiken says it's a much needed technology for D.C.'s bike riders.

"I think the city has been doing a lot to put out safe bike lanes, but it's kind of hard to figure out that information — where they are and how to use all of them together — so this app makes it very easy for them to do that," says Leiken.

The app also uses crowd sourcing technology to adjust routes based on user feedback.

NPR

From Blueprints To Betrayal: The Daring, And Downfall, Of A Cold War Spy

Initially, the CIA was suspicious of Soviet aviation expert Adolf Tolkachev. But he earned their trust — and provided blueprints, documents and plans that were crucial to the U.S.
NPR

What To Do With Weird Farmers Market Vegetables

The farmer's market in July is a wondrous place: juicy tomatoes, jewel-toned eggplants, sweet yellow corn. But greens that look like weeds may be more intimidating. Here's how to tame them.
NPR

Kerry: Iran Faces 'Hard Choices' To Reach Nuclear Deal With West

The secretary of state, who has been in talks in Vienna for the past several days, says an agreement could be done "quickly" if Tehran is prepared to compromise.
NPR

Want A Taste Of Virtual Reality? Step One: Find Some Cardboard

Fancy headsets can cost between $200 and $500. But if you have a smartphone, some extra time and an empty pizza box, you can make your own.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.