This blog post was written by Gabe Lewis, Transportation Planner for the Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study (CUUATS), which is a program of the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC).
Champaign-Urbana’s newest bicycle app, BikeMoves Illinois, is now publicly available as a free download in the Google Play Store and iOS App Store! You may recall that the BikeMoves team introduced the app to the Inside Lane in June, but in case you missed it, BikeMoves Illinois is a free mobile bike app allowing users to log their rides.
While there are similar apps on the market, this is the first app specifically designed for bicyclists in Champaign County. The app provides a valuable data collection opportunity for local transportation planners to improve bike safety and connectivity. MTD planners will also be able to analyze this data to learn if cyclists are biking to and from bus stops and how many cyclists are using public transit.
Additionally, BikeMoves includes the locations of existing bikeways (tap the colored lines on the map) and bike parking, as well as the ability to report issues on your ride (e.g. potholes, low tree branches) to local officials. Also included are the locations of bike repair stations and bike shops to help service your bicycle.
That’s No Shower Cap
Is your bike seat soggy from this summer’s rainstorms? Does your bicycle need a pop of color for the fall riding season? If so, we’ve got just thing for you. It’s not a shower cap; it’s a BikeMoves bike seat cover!
The BikeMoves team has distributed hundreds of these bike seat covers at Light the Night, Quad Day, and other local events this fall. If you received one, be sure to download the app, and head to our website to sign up for our newsletter! If you haven’t yet received one, contact the BikeMoves team. Who knows – a seat cover may find its way to your bike this week!
Gift Card Raffle, You Say?
That’s right! Everyone signed up for the BikeMoves newsletter by 11:59 PM on Thursday, September 29th will be eligible to win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards! Simply enter your email address on the BikeMoves homepage, and we promise not to email you more than once a week, nor share your information with anyone. Think of what you could do with free money on Amazon!
iOS Geolocation Permissions
BikeMoves Illinois is open source software created by developers at the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission and students at the University of Illinois. The code is freely available for anyone to inspect and improve. Interested in contributing code or documentation? Drop us a line at email@example.com!
Don’t Delay – USE it Today!
Many people may have downloaded BikeMoves Illinois to their device, but now we want to make sure you are using it! The fall weather we have been waiting for has finally arrived this week. So use BikeMoves during your next bike ride, and feel free to shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how it went!