Use Apps to Encourage Walking
Using open-source data, geographic information systems, and mobile technology, software developers can create phone and online applications to tell people when the next train, taxi, or bus is coming, that there’s a fun landmark or park around the corner, or how to use a myriad of transportation systems effectively to get from point A to point B without using a car.
- Encourage transit and transportation agencies to publicly release relevant data
- Encourage mobile-technology application innovation through app competitions
- Use satellite and GPS technology to track uses, taxis, and trains in real time
- Allows people to make better-informed decisions about transportation options
- Manages passengers’ transportation expectations
- Demystifies non-car transportation options
- Reduces dependence on the private automobile for transportation needs
- Better integrates walking into transportation options
- Not everyone has access to mobile technology
- Source data isn’t always reliable
- Updating the technology with new information
Where to Use It
- Countries, states, counties, cities, towns
- In the absence of endorsements from national associations or governmental departments, cities are turning to best practices employed by other municipalities
- HopStop (79 cities and counting)
- NextBus (91 transit systems and counting)
- Taxi Magic (40 cities and counting)
- Adventure Walks (San Francisco; Washington, DC; and counting)
- Every Body Walk!
- American Heart Association’s Walking Paths app
This material is the product of a partnership between America Walks and Sam Schwartz Engineering. Visit here for more information on the partnership.