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Ride App Closes Up Shop

The Ride smartphone app, which has gathered millions of miles of bike trip data to help inform bike planning and encourage cycling, is moving on to micromobility.
August 13, 2019, 12pm PDT | Camille Fink
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Jonathan Maus reports that the Ride App for tracking biking trips is shutting down this month. Ride App has recorded information through riders’ smartphones for 12 million cycling miles. "It would automatically (and anonymously) log bicycle trips and give users the ability to quickly rate their rides. The idea was to not only understand which bikeways people preferred, but their general level of satisfaction with them."

Ride Report started in 2015 in Portland, Oregon, with a device to count bicycle trips, and the Ride App followed. "[William] Henderson’s goal was to have thousands of 'rolling bikeway evaluators' that could help cities analyze and develop new cycling infrastructure while giving users encouragement to ride more by doling out playful badges for various riding milestones," writes Maus.

Ride Report will be shifting its focus to micromobility to help cities manage data related to shared electric bikes and scooters.

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Published on Monday, August 5, 2019 in Bike Portland
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