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Ride the City - Ottawa

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Today we're happy to announce that Ottawa is receiving one more tool to help make bicycling a bit easier in Canada's fourth largest city. Please welcome Ride the City - Ottawa (available in English and French). Ride the City is a bicycle routing web and mobile service (iPhone & Android) that helps bicyclists to navigate city streets; it's based on Open Street Map, the volunteer effort to map the world so anyone can contribute to Open Street Map to make it better for all bicyclists.

Ride the City: Brisbane and Newcastle

It's Bike Week in Brisbane through March 20th. What better way to celebrate bicycling than with the launch of Ride the City: Brisbane and Ride the City: Newcastle! In addition to bike routes the Ride the City map displays nearby bike shops and bike hire locations, including CityCycle locations in Brisbane. (If we're missing your business, please let us know.)

Ride the City - Australia

image from Here in NYC, we're in the thick of winter with snow storms every week, it seems. But on the other side of the world it's mid summer. In many parts of Australia, the average high these days is 80F (27C). That makes for great bicycling weather (if it's not too hot). For bicyclists in Australia, 2011 will be a year for easier bicycling because today we launch Ride the City - Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, and Adelaide!

Ride the City - Santiago, Chile

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In early 2010, we were contacted by Bicicultura, a Chilean nonprofit started in 2006 with a mission to promote a new culture that emphasizes human-powered transport: walking, bicycle riding, skating, wheel chairs, tricycles. Now, eight months later, we are happy to announce Ride the City - Santiago, the capital of Chile with over six million people. Later we plan to continue to expand to other cities in Chile.

This is our first rollout to South America. The data behind Ride the City - Santiago, Chile is based on Open Street Map, the volunteer effort to map the world.

Ride the City - Vancouver Metro

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Nine months ago we brought Ride the City across the Canadian border with the start of Ride the City - Toronto. Today we're happy to launch our second Canadian city: Vancouver, B.C.

Ride the City - Vancouver comprises all the cities within a distance of about 40 miles, including Richmond, New Westminster, Burnaby, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Surrey, Delta, Langley, White Rock, and even Victoria! By the way, if you'd like the map to start out centered in Victoria, just use this address:

NY Times - Bicycles section

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At Ride the City, we're interested in promoting safe transportation by bicycle, and we’re always looking for innovative ways to encourage people to ride their bikes. Recently, we had a new idea for another way to do that: Replace the New York Times Automobiles section with a Bicycling section once a year. That would be just one week devoted to bicycles and bicycling—the remaining 51 weeks would continue to be devoted to cars. See our rough mock-up below for an idea of what the section might look like.

Ride the City - Portland

Lots of people talk about Portland, Oregon as one of the cities on the leading edge of urban planning and most things good for city living. They'll cite its walkability, its focus on downtown living (revitalized waterfront and light rail), and investment in bicycle transportation. For all of Portland's bicyclists, we're happy to launch Ride the City - Portland, which will give bicycle riders in Portland, Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, Lake Oswego, Gresham, Milwaukie, and Vancouver, WA, one more option for finding a safe way to get from one place to another by bicycle. Our goal is to provide all bicyclists a free, useful resource to help break down one of the barriers to urban bicycling: knowing how to get around safely.

Ride the City map updates

IconsIf you're a regular user of Ride the City, you've probably already noticed the recent changes that we've rolled out on the map. Ride the City looks different and has some new features. There's been a lot going on so let's boil things down a bit...

New Icons: First off, we're really happy to have new icons! We were lucky to find Kelly Shea and James Spahr, avid bicyclists and graphic designers, to help us design icons that are sharp, colorful, and easier to grasp quickly. We began brainstorming in the springtime and came up with lots of great ideas; Kelly and James were very creative, professional, generous, and fun to work with. (We certainly recommend them if you need any design work.)

RIde the City - Boston


Ok, let's get straight to it. Just in time for sizzling summer rides, bicyclists now have another way to get around on bike in Boston: Ride the City - Boston! Our bike routing covers the City of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, Newton, and Milton. (The dotted red line on the map shows the approximate boundary for routing.)

If you'd prefer to get your bike routes on the iPhone, the app's available in the iTunes Store. (To learn about the iPhone app's functionality, check out our recent blog post).

We'd like to thank Mike Brady and Steven Falcon for the hours of GIS spend to make this happen, Nicole Freedman, Director of Bicycle Programs, for her insightful input, and the many others who gave us early feedback.

If you're new to Ride the City, feel free to play around. If you create an account, you can rate any street in the city so that Ride the City's reflect your own preferences. Learn more about that, and other tools to make mapping fun and easy in our FAQs.

Have fun & ride safe.

iPhone app now available in all 9 cities

Back in April we launched the iPhone app for NYC (blog post). Since then we got plenty of feedback - hootin and hollering - requesting added features to make the app easier to use. We put our developers at Door3 to work and today we're happy to announce that version 1.2 of the Ride the City iPhone app is now available.

Key features of the Ride the City iPhone app include:

  • As on the website, the iPhone app steers cyclists toward routes that maximize the use of bike lanes, bike paths, greenways, and other bike-friendly streets. The app avoids high-traffic streets and steep climbs.
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