Looking to get out and, I don’t know, just ride SOMEWHERE?
Well, Cascade Bicycle Club has released a snazzy new iOS app that features ten rides in and around Seattle “curated by Cascade staff.” From long rides — like the Lake Washington Loop — to short rides — like from the Space Needle to Pioneer Square and back — the Let’s Ride! app includes a turn-by-turn cue sheets and summaries of how difficult the rides are and how long they will take to complete.
One ride even features a backdrop of yours truly smiling like a doofus. NO OTHER APP HAS THIS:
Cascade Bicycle Club is excited to announce the release of our ‘Let’s Ride!’ app, which invites residents and visitors to hop on a bike and discover the region on two wheels with 10 amazing bike rides curated by Cascade staff.
The free app offers comprehensive information of 10 bike rides around Seattle, including a map of each ride and turn-by-turn directions. Additionally, each ride features a photo and gives users details on distance, difficulty, approximate time to complete, terrain and road condition of each ride.
Nam-ho Park, Managing Director at Forum One, and Tim O’Connor, Tech Manager at Cascade Bicycle Club gave the project oversight and guidance.
“When I first moved to Seattle four years ago, I explored the city little by little every weekend by bike. I was able to see many sights and discover some great neighborhoods. Seattle is a very bike-friendly city blessed with gorgeous summers. It makes sense to have an accessible app for new and old residents as well as visitors to explore the city by bike,” said Park.
Park and O’Connor pitched their idea to the University of Washington’s Information School (iSchool) as a masters capstone project.
“Fortunately a team of very talented students took us up and committed an amazing effort to take the app from idea all the way to the Apple App Store,” said Park.
The ‘Let’s Ride!’ app was created by dedicated team of masters students: Chenglu Chai, Wenjing Yang and Xinwei Liu.
“With incredible tenacity, long hours, collaborative lunches, action-packed conference calls, fastidious notes and organization, these three graduate students pulled off what was considered a long shot by most,” said O’Connor.
Park agreed, “it was an amazing collaboration all around.”
The public is invited to attend the students’ iSchool Capstone Presentation:
Thursday, June 4, 6 – 9 p.m.
Husky Union Building (HUB) Lyceum, North Ballroom, and South Ballroom
More details here.