As cranes lift bridges into place along the Noonday Creek Trail between Cobb Parkway and Bells Ferry Road, a muscle-powered future for Cobb County is pedaling closer.
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An app for that
In the past planners relied on surveys to measure bicycle traffic. A smart phone application being used by two Georgia Tech professors lets the bikes do the talking.
Modified from a similar app used in a San Francisco study, Cycle Atlanta has gathered 11 million information points to help planners determine where cyclists are riding.
Kari Edison Watkins, assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering at Tech, and Christopher Le Dantec, assistant professor of digital media, deployed the app last October, and have updated it several times, to allow riders to record features of their trips both dangerous and useful, such as potholes and bike racks.
They also asked users to classify themselves according to their biking skills — from “strong and fearless” to “interested but concerned,” to help identify routes that would appeal to the casual as well as the dedicated rider.
An interactive map with red lines indicating the 8,000 trips logged thus far can be viewed at cycleatlanta.org/rides/.