May is National Bike Month in the USA – and LaneSpotter is here to help cyclists to find the safest bike routes in cities across the country. This new Android app was released on May 1.
As the weather breaks in cities across the United States, and National Bike Month rolls around, more and more people will be back on two wheels – commuting, exercising, and enjoying time with friends and family.
Cities across the country are installing new bike lanes every month. Bike share systems have popped up in over 100 towns in North America. The number of people who choose to travel by bike has been steadily increasing.
LaneSpotter, a mapping and navigation tool for cyclists, helps people find and create safe bike routes, making it easier to commute, travel and explore by bike. Through LaneSpotter, cyclists can easily find nearby bike lanes and trails, view safety ratings on local streets, and get real-time alerts on road conditions and commuting hazards. Think Waze for bikes.
The company was founded by Lynsie Campbell, a Pittsburgh native and avid cyclist who has navigated and explored cities all over the United States by bike. However, when Campbell started to ride with her toddler son, “it completely changed the way I looked at biking,” she says. “I started to focus more and more on safety. In particular, safe routes.”
Safety Maps are the core of the LaneSpotter website and mobile applications. Over 16,000 cyclists have joined the LaneSpotter community since the company launched in October 2017. Those people have provided Safety Ratings on more than 22,000 roads.
Safety Ratings are Very Safe, Safe, Average, Use Caution and Avoid.
“There are a lot of reasons why people choose to ride – or not ride – a bike,” says Campbell. “Some use a bike to commute. Others use it to exercise or relieve stress. Some are interested in preserving the environment. But when people don’t ride, there are typically two things stopping them: the fear of being hit by a car, and uncertainty about the roads they’ll travel to their destination. We want to help eliminate those two barriers.”
LaneSpotter hopes that its maps, directions and real-time alerts will do just that. “If we arm cyclists with as much information as possible about the roads in their city, they can feel confident that they’re making the best decision about their routes,” says Campbell.
LaneSpotter is currently available on the web and as an iOS app. The company’s Android application will be available for download on May 1. The app is now available for download – just click here to find out more.
LaneSpotter is a mapping and navigation tool, created for cyclists by cyclists; with a focus on safety. We’re based in Pittsburgh, PA, home to some of the steepest residential streets in the United States. Our passion for bikes – and bike safety – drives everything that we do.
The company launched October 2017 in 10 cities across the United States: New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, St. Louis, Austin, Denver, Portland and San Francisco. Since then, over 16,000 cyclists have joined the community and those people have provided safety ratings on more than 22,000 roads in 255 cities and towns around the world.
LaneSpotter is a registered Public Benefit Corporation. As a B Corp, the company is committed to having a positive impact on society, its employees, community and the environment. A portion of LaneSpotter’s revenue is donated to its partner bike advocacy organizations to help improve infrastructure in their communities.
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