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Ride the City

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A cycle route screenshot using the Ride the City New York map.

Ride the City is online cycle journey planner for certain cities around the world, that uses Cloud Made map tiles, pgRouting and OpenStreetMap data.



Ride the City is an online cycle route planner that finds the shortest distance between two points but also take into consideration factors specific to cyclists. It avoids roads that aren't meant for biking, such as highways and busy arterial streets and tries to guide cyclists toward routes that maximize the use of bike lanes, bike paths, greenways, and other bike-friendly streets. It also marks bike shops close to the route provided.

It uses Cloud Made map tiles using OpenStreetMap data to generate its maps and currently covers several cities around the world, with its home North American continent being the best represented. Routing data has been collected from a number of public sources including NYC's LION GIS data and from municipalities, sometimes through a Freedom of Information Act request or has been created by the developers by transferring it from a printed bike map.[1]

A mobile optimised version of the app is available to buy on Android and iPhone.


Ride the City was created and launched by Vaidila Kungys and Jordan Anderson. The site was launched to open beta in June 2009. Originally it was contained to New York and Chicago, but has since grown to provide its service for cities around the world.

Ride the City released an iPhone app on 19 April 2010.[2] Originally only covering New York, it has since been updated to cover all the cities the website routes for.[3]

On 8 May 2011 An Android version app was also released.[4]

Future developments

Future features include letting users save and share favorite routes; add bike parking facilities to the map near a trip's starting/ending points; clean up the data further and incorporate users' feedback in recommending better routes.

External Links


  1. Ride the City FAQ #12 accessdate=2009.06.24
  2. iPhone app: Ride the City - NYC - Ride the City news
  3. iPhone app now available in all 9 cities - Ride the City news
  4. Ride the City comes to Android - Ride the City news
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