The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission in cooperation with CodeForPhilly have developed CyclePhilly, a regionally based, route choice smartphone app that is now available for download in the App Store and on Google Play.
According to the press release "The app records cyclist biking habits such as route and time traveled, as well as the purpose of the trip. The data received provides an additional resource for local planners and agencies in an effort to understand bicycle trends, routes, and trip purposes, implement better bicycle facilities, and connect the region’s trail network, known as The Circuit."
A team of volunteer programmers led by Corey Acri developed the application borrowing the open source coding of CycleAtlanta and tailoring it for City of Philadelphia and its suburbs. DVRPC will be collecting the data and processing the data which will hopefully lead to a report. The DVRPC region includes Mercer, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties.
To record your route open the app and select "Start Trip". At the end of your trip click "Finish" select your trip purpose (work, errands etc.) and hit "Submit".
The website also includes a map that shows all the trips submitted by users. To minimize privacy concerns the app truncates the publically mapped routes at the beginning and end of each trip. Users can delete their trip from the database at any time.
For those of you that have signed up for the National Bike Challenge and fear app fatigue may want to consider using Moves-app.com. This app differs from the others because there is no user input required, just keep your phone on and it automatically records your bike trips.