COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – In an effort to promote and improve transportation in Columbus, the Planning Department has recently developed a mobile app that will collect valuable data on bicycling in the area.
The app will allow the Planning Department to determine the number of bicyclists in Columbus, where most people ride their bicycles and more.
Over the last few months, the Planning Department worked with one of the developers from Georgia Tech, local bicyclists, the IT Department and three Auburn University students who completed the same project in 2014.
Logan Kipp with The Planning Department encourages all bicyclists in the community to use the app since the success of this project depends on public participation.
"The more people who use the app, the better information we have, and the more reliable it is. So we're challenging 20 percent of Columbus to use it at least once during our study period," Kipp said.
This initiative was funded by local businesses, organizers and supporters. Data was organized into two 15-day focused studies that will be conducted in the spring and fall. The department is challenging 20 percent of the city to use this app at least once over the 15-day study.
The Planning Department will kick off the contest with the annual 'Ride with the Mayor' on Tuesday, May 12.
Prizes will be awarded to the riders with the most distance traveled over the 15-day period and to the rider who used the app the most.
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