Ride Report App

With $10 million in new venture funding, Ride Report CEO optimistic amid challenges

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 26th, 2020 at 11:08 am

Ride Report works with cities and scooter/bike share operators.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Started in Portland, The Ride App’s ride is over

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 5th, 2019 at 9:24 am

Screenshot of Ride.App.

A popular smartphone app created in Portland that tracks cycling trips and allows users to rate their rides will shut down at the end of August. Local tech entrepreneur and CEO of Ride Report William Henderson says he’s shifted the focus of his business and Ride App isn’t in his company’s future plans.

Ride App was a free ride-tracking-and-rating app that ran on users’ Apple or Android smartphones. It would automatically (and anonymously) log bicycle trips and give users the ability to quickly rate their rides. The idea was to not only understand which bikeways people preferred, but their general level of satisfaction with them.

Ride App has recorded over 12 million miles of trips since its launch in 2015.
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Transpo data start-up Ride Report raises $3.4 million in venture funding

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 6th, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Ride Report homepage.

When we first profiled Knock Software in 2015 we said their small device that counts bicycle traffic would “change planning forever.”

Nearly four years later that device is no longer part of their business, but the company itself has more than lived up to the headline.
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PBOT places bet on ‘smart city’ tech to count bikes and make streets safer

Avatar by on April 19th, 2018 at 10:48 am

PBOT will install 200 sensors to gather more data about how streets are being used.
(Photo: J. Maus)

Portland’s bike planning is about to get smarter.
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BikePortland journalism scores two awards in five-state contest

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 20th, 2016 at 11:24 am

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The bike lane gap at NE Lombard at 42nd, where Martin Greenaugh died in December.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

For the first time, BikePortland’s reporting has been chosen by the Society of Professional Journalists as some of the best from small newsrooms in the Northwest.

In the annual awards announced Saturday, Jonathan’s December report about the circumstances around the death of Martin Greenough (“Why would anyone ride on that scary stretch of Lombard?”) took first place for general news reporting in the five-state contest among news organizations with 10 staff members or fewer.

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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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Transportation and tech collide in our latest podcast

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 22nd, 2015 at 1:53 pm


Left to right: Michael Andersen, Mychal Tetteh, Noel Mickelberry, William Henderson and Chris Smith.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The BikePortland Podcast has returned with a vengeance.
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New Ride Report app gives ordinary Portlanders the power to evaluate streets

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on September 11th, 2015 at 4:12 pm

ride report map

A map of more stressful and less stressful bike routes,
created by Ride Report beta testers. Knock CEO
William Henderson warns that there’s not enough
data yet to draw conclusions.
(Image: Ride Report)

Everybody who bikes in Portland has opinions about the best and worst streets to bike on. But there’s no clear way to combine those opinions into the sort of information that officials can actually use.

Enter the new mobile app that’s currently available only in Portland: Ride Report.

Launched as an iPhone app this week (with an Android version in the works), Ride Report provides an extremely simple way for users to answer a single question about each bike ride they take: Thumbs up or thumbs down?

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How was your ride? Portland mobile startup hopes to gather 5,000 answers every week

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on July 13th, 2015 at 12:55 pm

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This map of stressful and low-stress rides was built from some of the 12,000 bike trips logged by beta testers of Ride, a forthcoming mobile app from Portland-based Knock Software. The company hopes to scale up and create the nation’s first large user-generated database of bikeway quality.
(Image: Knock Software)

One of Portland’s most interesting tech startups is about to move into its next phase: attempting to recruit thousands of local bike users to become rolling bikeway evaluators.[Read more…]

This $50 device could change bike planning forever

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on January 13th, 2015 at 3:56 pm

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Knock Software founder William Henderson with a matchbox-sized device similar to the one he’s developed that could sell for $50, last for two years and count every bike that passes by.
(Photos: M.Andersen and J.Maus/BikePortland)

Do bikes count?

A three-person Portland startup that hit a jackpot with its first mobile app is plowing profits into a new venture: a cheap, tiny device that could reinvent the science of measuring bike traffic — and help see, for the first time, thousands of people that even the bike-friendliest American cities ignore.

Tomorrow, Portland’s city council will consider a proposal to become their first client.

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