GPS Data from Cyclists Helps Design Safer Routes

Strava already uses GPS data to track the progress of runners and cyclists, and now Strava is using that data to help local governments.

Strava Metro, the new fitness-tracking outfit, provides data from 24 million runs and 90 million bike routes. Local governments will use this information to help city planners get a better understanding of how runners and cyclists use the roads.

Oregon’s Department of Transportation shelled out $20,000 to be the first customer, with London, Glasgow, and Orlando, FL also signing up.

Jennifer Dill, a professor at Portland State University, told the Wall Street Journal, “Right now, there’s no data. We don’t know where people ride bikes. Just knowing where the cyclists are is a start.”

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