Thursday, October 17, 2013

Share Cycling Data with CycleTracks App to Improve Routes

There are so many ways to choose sustainable transportation in Santa Cruz. One great way is biking!

Last month's Bike to Work Day on October 10 set a UCSC record for the highest turnout to-date! In total, 201 people on bikes stopped by the UCSC sites at the Base of Campus, Quarry Plaza, and the top of the Bike Path. Earlier this year in the spring, 137 people participated, and last fall, 188 people biked to campus for this day that celebrates bike commuting. Learn more about October's event here.

To continue the bicycle advocacy that happened on Bike to Work Day and to provide feedback that will help improve infrastructure for people who bike in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties, participate in recording your bicycle trips through a new application called Cycle Tracks.

The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments is working to develop a planning tool that will help make the Monterey Bay Area, including Santa Cruz, an even better place to bike. This tool will assist local governments in identifying the best places to plan for new bicycle routes throughout the tri-county region.

The Association will be collecting data from the region’s bicyclists using the CycleTracks mapping applications. To help contribute, you can either log your bike trips on the CycleTracks Monterey website or download the smartphone application and map your routes while you ride. You can also help by getting your friends, family, and colleagues to log their trips. The information collected will be sent to our secure server to be used in helping us better understand what factors influence the routes that area cyclists bike along. No personal information will be released.

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