Congratulations to our spring FCC contest winners Ross Chambliss (1st Place - 299.5 Miles), Tripp Layfield (2nd Place - 266.8 Miles), Robert Contratto (3rd Place - 159.5 Miles), and Scott Berson (Citizen's Award - 23 Trips). A big thank you to everyone who downloaded Fountain City Cycling and reported data back to the City. The Planning Department has released its report on cycling in Columbus using the data collected. Check out the full report here. If you missed your chance to win over $400 in prizes and giveaway items, check us out when we host our fall FCC Contest in October. Happy Riding!
Bicycle App In Stores Now !!
In response to the growth in popularity of bicycling, the Columbus-Phenix City Metropolitan Planning Organization has partnered with students from Auburn University to develop a mobile app that will crowd source data from bicyclists. The user-friendly app allows bicyclists to record their favorite routes, report obstacles such as potholes and missing bike lanes, as well as tag the locations of the closest bike racks. Using this data, the Planning Department will be able to assess where the greatest needs are for improvements to infrastructure and facilities. By seeing where people ride (and where they don’t), the Planning Department will be better able to communicate where weaknesses exist in connectivity, safety, and rider comfort levels. If you ride a bicycle for any reason, this is your chance to provide input on where you would like to see improvement.
The majority of traffic data available to planners and traffic engineers only focuses on automobiles. Although methods to gather data on bicyclists and pedestrians exist, it can be costly or difficult to implement without adequate support. Crowd sourcing, or gathering data from the general public, allows us to collect data without spending more staff time in the field and with very little maintenance or cost. In return for using the app and collecting data, the planning department will publish maps and information for the public. A map showing the most popular routes, most demanded road segments for bike lanes, and where to find the best bicycle parking will help improve communication between the city and the bicycling community. The data collected is anonymous and will only be published without identifying information. You have the option to provide us with your email and some very basic socio-economic information.
Below is our current User Submitted Route Map.