Currently only 2% of journeys made into Glasgow city centre involve cycling. The app aims to Increase the number of journeys made on foot or by bike which would help Glasgow cut carbon emissions, boost air quality, aid health and tackle obesity.
The data collected by people who currently walk or cycle will identify the routes they use most to travel around the city. The aim is to encourage people to map their city using a smartphone app being developed by the team and to share the information through a MapGlasgow website which is also being created as part of the Demonstrator.
In addition to this a separate Active Travel Journey Planner is also being developed which will enable cyclists and walkers to use their phones to easily and instantly find the most direct, flattest or off road route to their destination within the city before setting off on their journey. This app will integrate with the mapping app to enable people to share their favourite walks / cycle routes.
Preparation is also underway next month to film sample routes using handlebar cameras so people will be able to view their journey on laptops and mobiles before setting off.
social networking will also be used to create a pool of "cycle buddies" so that someone who is nervous about cycling to work for the first time can pair with someone in their area who already travels in the same direction, to help them build up confidence.
The project team – which brings together council employees, scientists, health providers and energy suppliers – have 18 months to show the technology is viable and make the case for further investment to roll it out city-wide.
Source: Herald Scotland