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RiderLog – Bicycle Victoria iPhone App

RiderLog is an iPhone application that is designed to record some basic details of your trips on your bicycle.  Once the trip is completed it anonymously uploads details of your ride to Bicycle Network.

The idea of this application is to provide information of where we ride so that it can be used used to improve the planning of bike infrastructure based on where we actually ride. I wonder if Councillor Bradley at the Town of Cambridge would be a fan of this application given his views on how little shared paths are apparently used.

While The Bicycle Network is an activity of Bicycle Victoria there does seem to be some association with other unnamed organisations suggesting the capturing of data outside of Victoria may be beneficial. If and I would suggest this is a big IF Bicycle Victoria or the Bicycle Network is actually going to use the data captured, particularly the data captured outside of Victoria then I would suggest this is a good opportunity to input into getting good bicycling infrastructure, however, not knowing who are the associated organisations nor having any idea how committed and focused they are on cycling infrastructure it is very hard to judge if this is a concept that will fly.

Actually using RiderLog is pretty simple. Press start when you start your ride and press finish when you finish your ride. The program captures some basic ride history – length of ride and average speed, however its primary focus seems to be about logging your ride for uploading to Bicycle Network database.  For me the sole purpose of this application is the ride logging; it is just too basic to be used as a bike computer.

4 Responses to RiderLog – Bicycle Victoria iPhone App

  1. Robertybob May 30, 2010 at 11:26 AM #

    This looks to be a nice app. The UI is great. The idea that a government department might have a vague interest is positive if a little hopeful(!). Wouldn’t it be nice if this could also upload to to bike journal.com ?
    One can dream
    The obvious problem is the assumption that an assumption that enough cyclists have iPhones – perhaps statistical analysis will allow sensible extrapolation??
    GPS is notoriously hard on battery life on the iPhone. Will be interesting to see how it performs…

  2. Robertybob May 30, 2010 at 7:26 PM #

    This looks to be a nice app. The UI is great. The idea that a government department might have a vague interest is positive if a little hopeful(!). Wouldn’t it be nice if this could also upload to to bike journal.com ?
    One can dream
    The obvious problem is the assumption that an assumption that enough cyclists have iPhones – perhaps statistical analysis will allow sensible extrapolation??
    GPS is notoriously hard on battery life on the iPhone. Will be interesting to see how it performs…

  3. Aushiker May 31, 2010 at 2:21 AM #

    Hi Rob

    I had a play with it last night on my ride to Fremantle. The battery issue is well the battery issue. Over the two hour ride it used about 1/3 of the battery. The information gathered was the route, over all time and overall average; that was it, so really not much use as a bike computer.

    It seems to me it is really only good for logging the trip data for lobbying purposes and even then really only good for recreational riding and shorter commutes where the battery life is not so critical.

    Still a move in the right direction. It will be interesting to see how it works out.

  4. Aushiker May 31, 2010 at 10:21 AM #

    Hi Rob

    I had a play with it last night on my ride to Fremantle. The battery issue is well the battery issue. Over the two hour ride it used about 1/3 of the battery. The information gathered was the route, over all time and overall average; that was it, so really not much use as a bike computer.

    It seems to me it is really only good for logging the trip data for lobbying purposes and even then really only good for recreational riding and shorter commutes where the battery life is not so critical.

    Still a move in the right direction. It will be interesting to see how it works out.

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