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Create annotated bike rides with Spotcycle mobile app

Posted by Derek Flack / November 25, 2011

20111125-spotcycle.jpgSpotcycle was already a pretty useful app for BIXI users in Toronto (and other cities), but it didn't exactly stand out in terms of its features. Like a number of other apps, it allowed bike-share users to locate nearby stations and to monitor the availability of bikes and docking spaces within the system. That's nothing to shake a stick at, I suppose — the app was free and my version wasn't particularly "buggy," so no complaints.

The most recent update to the app, however, ups the ante significantly. Now instead of merely using it to track down BIXI bikes, you can plot out annotated bike rides with your favourite cultural sites, restaurants and assorted retail. Where Spotcycle was formerly only useful to BIXI members, this new feature set opens up the app to anyone who rides a bike. Using the the GPS capabilities of one's phone — it's available on all three of the major platforms — the app will create a live map as you ride, which you can categorize and annotate when you're done.

Unlike the blogTO app, you'll have to do all of the annotation work yourself (sorry, I had to), but the ability to highlight placemarks along a given route could be quite useful for sharing amongst friends, those who are new to the city or a neighbourhood, or simply for helping you to navigate a confusing route on a return visit. You can also use the app as an odometer and/or speedometer, though I'd suggest the latter might be dangerous while riding a BIXI bike.

Here's a video demonstration of how it works. Too bad winter is upon us!



michael s / November 25, 2011 at 05:55 pm
good for you "barry"

anyways, I have this on my galaxy s. it's too bad I live in hamilton where bike share is non-existant. super useful whenever I go to montreal or toronto, I use it all the time for bixi.
Mr. S. / November 26, 2011 at 05:30 am
So what, "Paul 'Barry' Karn"? When your rent's cheap maybe you can choose something worthwhile to do for a living, instead of merely remunerative.
vlad / November 29, 2011 at 05:45 am
user-pic stuff.I like to build apps on my own.At first it was quite difficult to find low cost and effective web service for this aim as Im not a pro web developer. At last I've found one called snappii.Here even beginners in coding can be successful app makers.
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