The Metropolitan Council has a new app called CycleTracks that’s designed to help make the Twin Cities more bike friendly.
Here’s how it works: Bicyclists turn the app on before starting a ride. The GPS on the phone tracks the biker through the twists and turns of their route. At the end of the ride, the biker gets data on how fast they rode, and the Met Council gets detailed information on the biker’s route.
Met Council senior transit planner David Vessel said the app will help planners identify obstacles to better bike commutes.
“These are actual trips that people are taking,” Vessel said. “It significantly improves the way that we can plan for cyclists.”
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