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WITH THE WECITY APP, CYCLISTS CAN EVALUATE THE SAFETY OF THE ROADS WHICH THEY USE EVERY DAY. THE RESULT IS A MAP WHICH IS CREATED AND CONTINUOUSLY GETS UPDATED BY THE USERS
On a scale from 0 to 5, the safety level according to Florentine cyclists is 2.32.
By using the “safety rate” function in the wecity app, the users sent thousands of reviews covering 300 km of urban streets.
The result is an ever changing map generated by the people that indicates the safest and less safe areas to cycle in. Said by those who cycle on those roads every day.
But let’s take a step back. A few months ago, we launched an innovative function called safety rate, which allows cyclists to vote for the route taken: 1 star for dangerous routes, up to 5 stars for the safest ones (separate bike lanes , restricted traffic zones).
Much like reviewing a restaurant on Tripadvisor but instead of reviewing food or the service, you evaluate the safety of the route.
User’s response has gone far beyond our expectations, this is a sign that cycling is something that is increasingly popular. Florence is the first city to have this type of mapping, which will be constantly updated to track changes (hopefully positive ones) in city traffic and the tolerance between cars, cyclists and pedestrians.
It’s this desire to discover a bicycle-friendly city that has made Florence the opening stage for Sunrise Bikeride: Saturday 22nd April, an exciting, non competitive ride at dawn to savour the city without traffic and noise.
We invite all sunrisers to download the app and help by voting in order to increase the information that we have already made available to everyone. You can vote whenever you use your bike, whatever the route, because safety is not carved in stone, but it varies day to day depending on weather, light, and the type of bicycle.
Meanwhile, we continue to work in making this tool increasingly effective, precise and challenging: stay tuned, more surprises are coming!
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