MIT brings social networking to bikes in Copenhagen

Reader Galen S. sent along a link to a story from MIT about an interesting project they’ve launched in Copenhagen:

MIT researchers unveiled a major new project on Oct. 10 in Copenhagen aimed at transforming bicycle use in Denmark’s largest city, promoting urban sustainability and building new connections between the city’s cyclists.

And here’s the awesome part:

“We have developed a Facebook application called ‘I crossed your path,’ which creates a social network for cyclists, allowing them to link up with people they may have ridden past during the day and potentially establish new connections,” explained Christine Outram, the principal research assistant on the project.

The smart tags will also allow individuals to monitor the distance they travel while cycling as part of a citywide “green mileage” initiative, which is similar to a frequent-flyer program.

This would be very cool to have in Portland!

Read the full story here.

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