Portland businesses reward riders through new ‘Biko’ smartphone app

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 19th, 2017 at 2:44 pm

On Monday, Portlanders will be able to use a new mobile app that will make cycling even sweeter. Biko launched two years ago in Bogota, Colombia and has since spread to Medellin, Vancouver (Canada) and Mexico City. On Monday it will launch in the United States and Portland is one of the first five cities to get it (Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles are the others).
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The Intertwine releases first version of ‘Daycation’ app

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 18th, 2017 at 3:41 pm


The Intertwine — a regional coalition of governments, and advocates for parks, paths and trails — has released a smartphone app. Daycation is a “nature exploration app” designed to inform and inspire you about fun things to do in Portland and Vancouver-area parks and natural spaces. It was developed in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Trailhead Labs.
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County’s new mobile app tells you if the bridge is up or down

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 10th, 2016 at 10:40 am


Bridge Alerts app screenshots.

Multnomah County has just released a smartphone app that will tell you when and if one of their four downtown drawbridges is in action. Yes, for the first-time ever your phone can tell you how to avoid those dreaded delays that always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times.

Here’s more from the County:
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Five insights about Portland’s bike network from early Ride Report app users

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on January 22nd, 2016 at 1:23 pm

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Off-peak stress levels on the left, peak-hour on the right.
(Images courtesy Ride Report)

Ride Report, the locally based mobile app that’s trying to bring new insights into bike planning by making it much easier to estimate stress levels and count bikes, is up and running.

To celebrate the release this week of their free iOS app (Android is in the works), the Ride Report team gave us the keys to their internal map so we could take a look at some of the interesting details they’ve already turned up about biking in Portland.

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Scary pinch-point on Lombard puts new ORcycle trouble-reporting app to the test

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on December 11th, 2015 at 9:06 am

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Where the bike lane ends.
(Image: Google Street View)

After our report last month about the Oregon Department of Transportation’s new “ORcycle” app for reporting biking problems, BikePortland reader Hazel G. decided to try it out.

Hazel regularly bikes on NE Lombard Street, a U.S. highway managed by the state, under the overpass of 42nd Avenue. This is one of those overpasses where it suddenly becomes less important to separate people biking from 50 mph motor traffic than to ensure that both lanes of motor traffic don’t have to merge into a single lane. (This is a strange American approach to street design that we compared with European practices in 2013.)

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Bikesharing deal could be high-tech key to a low-car city

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on November 25th, 2015 at 11:46 am

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Open bike-share data and integrated payment systems can add up to something very big.
(Photo: M.Andersen)

The “single, supple mesh of mobility” that the government of Helsinki is hoping to use to “make car ownership pointless” by 2025 may be arising spontaneously and gradually in Portland.

For people reading between the lines, an announcement Tuesday from the North American Bike Share Association could lead to Portland becoming the first U.S. city where a single mobile app will be able to let you plan a trip and buy a ride from a bike share service, transit agency, carsharing company or ride-hailing service.

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ODOT releases ‘ORcycle’ smartphone app to collect biking data

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 7th, 2014 at 3:16 pm


The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and a research lab at Portland State University just announced “Orcycle” a smartphone app billed as a way for bicycle riders to share “valuable information” with the agency.

Here’s more from an ODOT press release that just hit our inbox:

Gathering valuable data about how bicyclists use the transportation system has always been a challenge. Starting Nov. 10, a new Smartphone app created by the Transportation Technology and People (TTP) lab at Portland State University, in partnership with ODOT, will provide data that can help planners and others make decisions based on users’ feedback and facts never before gathered in one place. The goal of the app, called ORcycle, is to get cycling data from people who ride bicycles voluntarily contributing via their Smartphone, from anywhere in the state.

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‘Bike Fun Finder’ app aims to make cycling more social

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 20th, 2013 at 11:07 am

The creators of Bike Fun Finder (L to R): Tim
Neuwerth, Lance Poehler, Nathan Frost.
(Photo courtesy Nathan Frost)

With Pedalpalooza — and its nearly 300 bike rides and events happening this month — as its centerpiece, Portland’s vibrant social cycling scene is hard to beat. But while there’s a ton “bike fun” in this town, it can be difficult to keep track of it all. Now a trio of local software pros have put their heads together to create Bike Fun Finder, a smartphone app aimed at making it easier to find and create bike events or even track them down once they’ve started.

The Bike Fun Finder (BFF) team is made up of: 32-year-old Lance Poehler, a software engineer at Jama Software; 25-year-old Nathan Frost, a software developer for Liberty Mutual; and 30-year-old Tim Neuwerth, a software engineer at eBay.

“The BFF will help bikes of all sizes (and the people that ride them) meet friends, neighbors, and explore the city they ride in,” reads the app’s website. “We strive to create a bridge between social media and a real social city.”
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