Cyclists asked to use new smartphone app to help Toronto create new Cycling Plan

Here's your chance to help contribute to the future of cycling in Toronto.

The City has launched a new free smartphone application, called "Toronto Cycling."  The Toronto Cycling app uses GPS on a smartphone to record a cyclist's trip information such as the route taken and the length of the trip.

Some of the information collected from cyclists that use the app will form part of the City's data collection and analysis for developing a new cycling network plan.

The new cycling plan will expand on the city's 570 kilometre existing cycling network.  The new plan will be presented to Toronto City Council in 2015.

The app records real-time stats including the average speed, maximum speed and distance during the trip, the number of calories burned by the cyclist and the greenhouse gas offset as a result of the trip.

The app was developed by Brisk Synergies for the City of Toronto and can be downloaded on all Apple and Android devices.  The app is simple to use.  Cyclists simply press "start" in the app when they begin their trip and press "stop" after their trip is completed.  Then, their trip information is submitted to a database as GPS information for analysis.

All information is collected on a secure site to protect the privacy of users.

For more information about the app, visit www.toronto.ca/cyclingapp

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