Bicycle NSW needs your help to secure funding to develop a navigation app to enable people to plan safe journeys by bike.
Most mapping applications are designed for cars and does not cater for the needs of people looking for safe routes to travel by bike. This can result in riders being directed onto busy roads or through tunnels where bikes are banned- like in William Street.
These applications can often fail to direct riders onto shared paths and off-road cycleways.
Strava serves those wanting a challenging ride, but the needs of beginners and riders who want to avoid traffic aren’t being met. There is also no navigation tool for bike riding to help children under 16 and families who are allowed to ride on footpaths.
Bicycle NSW wants to develop an app to help people in NSW choose safe riding routes and we have applied for development funding through the My Community Project grants program. We will begin with the City of Sydney and expand across NSW.
Now we need your help to vote for our project. You are eligible to vote if you are 16 years of age or older, live in the City of Sydney area and have a Medicare Card.
You will be prompted to log into your MyService NSW Account, or set one up if you don’t have one. The link to our project can be found on the dashboard:
“We know 70% of people would ride a bicycle more often, but they don’t feel safe to do so,” said Bicycle NSW General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.
“Developing this app will help make it easier to find safe routes and offer the health benefits and congestion reductions that everyone needs,” said Bastien.