Much of the functionality is similar. You can bring up a map of nearby bike racks easily. Tap any rack to see how many spots it can fit.
Instead of only displaying nearby bike racks, though, VeloRacks also shows a list of nearby businesses, which is pretty snazzy.
It’s great to see these free apps come out using the city’s awesome open data services. Meanwhile, the new Google Maps app for Android will include turn-by-turn bike directions. That’s pretty cool.
If you don’t already have the Ride the City route mapping iPhone app, it is definitely worth the $2.
Below are a few dream ideas I would like to send out to all you app makers (add your dream app ideas in the comments):
- Add bike rack vacancy information to One Bus Away. No more waiting 20 min for a bus just to find all the spots full.
- Bike/bus combo routing. Mash up bus and bike route data to give the fastest route to a destination for people who are willing to put their bike on a bus. This could also be incredibly useful when Puget Sound Bike Share launches.
- Bike routing that gives several options, each showing feet of elevation and feet of “unfriendly” streets.
- Bicycle Benefits app — like the Chinook Book app, but for people biking.
- Improved BikeWise app — This app is soooo close to being awesome. An app where you can report road hazards (dangerous potholes, wheel-grabbing sewer grates, signals that don’t detect bikes, etc) from the scene? How cool is that? The problem is, it only saves your hazard report so you can submit it later from a standard web browser. It’s also not clear if the reports get sent immediately to the appropriate city department (which would be very cool).
- Stolen Bicycle Registry app — Easily and quickly run a bike’s serial number through the SBR database to see if it has been reported stolen. Could become a regular part of the bike-buying process: Check the brakes, take it for a spin, run the number to make sure nobody is missing it.