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iPhone App Video: GPS Toggle

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I'm reposting this earlier short and quick post on the iPhone GPS toggle feature because we've been getting lots of people confused by the GPS, not knowing that you can control whether or not to have the map center on your currnet position.

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Here's a quick video to demonstrate how to use the newest feature on the Ride the City iPhone app: GPS toggle.

The locate button on the top right can appear in two different colors. When you touch it to make it BLUE, that means that GPS is on and the map is always centered on your current location so if you try to move the map it will jump back to having you in the center. If you touch the locate button to make it WHITE, then the GPS is off and you can pan around the map like normal and it won't jump back to your location.

Watch the video to see it in action.

Ride the City - Denver

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This week we add another city to our growing list of now 45 cities worldwide that provide bike routing. Today we kick off Ride the City - Denver. Just in time for snow, gosh darnit.

Ride the City - Denver maintains the icons on the map to help you find nearby bike resources. Bike shops are the blue icons and bike share stations are the tiny green ones, so you can toggle whichever layer you prefer to see or you can turn them both off.

Ride the City - Miami

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Ride the City - Miami is up and running. See more at The Miami Bike Scene.

Miami Bike Scene

Pedal Power Infographic

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The good people at recently put together a nice infographic highlighting the power of the bicycle. Who knew that women who ride a bike for 30 minutes a day reduce their chance of getting breast cancer? Or that the public benefits nearly $12 for every $1 invested in bike infrastructure?

Pedal Power Infographic

Bike Share hits SF

Another city joins the bike share revolution! This time its San Francisco. Here's the place to sign up: Bay Area Bike Share. It's day one and Ride the City's got the bike stations live on the map (see image below), so feel free to check out Ride the City - San Francisco (operating in all of the Bay Area) and compare it to the other bike routing tools available for your neighborhood.

Ride the City - Asheville, NC

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Today we launch Ride the City - Asheville, the 43rd city to get the safe bike routing tool since we began this project in 2008 (first starting in New York City.) Asheville is a lot smaller and has fewer bike facilities than most of our other cities but the climate is great for bicycling, and last year Asheville was recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists (they got a bronze-level designation) so they're doing something right.

Ride the City - Asheville

Bike Share Chicago is Live

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It's official, bike share in Chicago is live! As of today the Divvy bike share system is up and running. Here's the Ride the City map showing the location of bike share stations. (Click the map to open Ride the City - Chicago in a new tab.)

To learn more about the Divvy bike share system and to sign up, visit their website.

Bike Shop The Musical

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Bike Shop, the musical is unique and one of a kind, and it's back! Here's the info:

Written by a cyclist and bike shop owner, Bike Shop is the story of a Brooklyn bicycle store and its owner, Bobby. Two years after a tragic bike accident, Bobby tries to get back on the bike to get her life in gear. The sole performer brings to life three generations of a colorful, bike-obsessed family as she builds and repairs real bicycles on stage...while backed up by a 4-piece Bicycle Band.

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Ride the City app: Bike Share

If you use the Ride the City mobile app, you've probably noticed that since Memorial Day weekend there's a new feature with the launch of New York City's bike share program. The map now has markers to show every location of bike share stations, which you can turn off if you prefer to not see them. With the markers for bike share station, you can touch any station to find out how many bike are available and how many empty docks there are if you're looking to return a bike. And to make it easy to understand the data without selecting the marker, there's a number on each marker to tell you how many bikes are available. If the number is greater than 9, you'll see a "+" instead to indicate there's no shortage of bikes at that location.

Here's how the Ride the City map appears in contrast to the citi bike app, which uses shading to show how many bikes are available. The citi bike bike share markers act like hour glasses of sand that are full with bikes but then run out as the bikes are checked out, which is just a different way of showing the same data. We thought about making markers similar to this but decided to stick with a more specific or measurable representation: numbers rather than shading.

Bikes available

NYC Bike Share

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The bike share system in New York City is finally on the ground and running. This is the first weekend that the bikes are becoming available so go out and give them a try.

Note that the Ride the City map includes the layer of bike share stations to help you know which stations are empty or full. Here's a screenshot of the map with the bike share station markers (green "s" teardrops). When you touch a bike share marker, you can see how many bikes are at that station as well as how many empty docks to be sure there's room to return a bike before you get there.

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