Toronto releases new smart phone app for cyclists

The City of Toronto on Tuesday released a free smart phone app that they say will help cyclists contribute to the ongoing development of the city’s cycling plan.

Anonymous data will be used to develop new 2015 Cycling Plan

The City of Toronto released its free biking smartphone app on Tuesday, hoping the GPS-enabled app helps cyclists and develops the city's cycle plan.

The app tracks a cyclist's path around the city — giving the cyclist data about his or her bike route, average speed, distance and the greenhouse gases offsets, and at the same time giving the city data about where people bike ride.

That data is then submitted anonymously to a database maintained by city staff. Cyclist’s information will be collected, analyzed, and incorporated into the city’s plan to expand upon existing cycling networks, slated for release to council sometime in 2015.

Toronto's new cycling app will let users track a wide range of metrics in real-time as they ride, and then submit that data to a city run database where it will be used to improve upon the new Cycling Plan due out next year. (City of Toronto)

No data can be sent without explicit permission from the app user, the city said.

The information collected by the app will “assist in determining high demand corridors used by cyclists, identifying neighbourhood links and getting a better sense of how cyclists adapt to changes to cycling infrastructure over time,” it said in a statement on the City of Toronto’s website.

“The data will also assist the city in monitoring cycling patterns over time as cycling infrastructure is evaluated, improved and expanded."

The software was developed by a company called Brisk Synergies, and is available for free download on iPhone and Android. 

The release of the new app comes as debate over expanding dedicated bike lanes throughout the downtown core heats up. Last week the city's public works committee forwarded plans for a bike lanes project to council, who will vote on the proposal later this month. 

Download the Toronto Cycling App for Android or iPhone.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.