RideTheCity.com: Safe bike routes for NYC

Live in New York City? Ever wondered what the safest route is between where you are and where you want to go?

Check out RideTheCity.com. It’s a mash-up application based on Google Maps that uses several different data points to help you safely find your way through the city by bike.

From the site:

Ride the City finds the shortest distance between two points. But there are two major differences. First, RTC excludes roads that aren’t meant for biking, like the BQE and the Queens Midtown tunnel. Second, RTC tries to locate routes that maximize the use of bike lanes and greenways.

Since I don’t live in New York City it’s hard for me to test this application.

If you’re in NYC, give it a whirl and let us know what you think in the comments.

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0 thoughts on “RideTheCity.com: Safe bike routes for NYC”

  1. Elle says:

    I love that ridethecity.com exists, its a great start… but if you are riding nyc and don’t know where you are going make sure to look closely at the maps and preferably carry one of the free nyc bike maps with you..

    I’ve several times gotten poor directions from ridethecity, once the instructions said to turn right (when they should have said left) and I ended up halfway onto the BQE (that was scary) another time the safe route, safest and most direct route all wanted to send me down a number of streets in a complicated route to get someplace that was just down one clear straight bike-path’ed road.

    Its in its infancy though so I still pop in and check it for travel ideas but I don’t trust it for directions yet.

  2. I wonder how it compares to the (rather recent) “walk” option on Google Maps itself? Could use something like that here in Montreal…

  3. elle says:

    I’ve tried the google walk option too. May be good for short distances but reviewing it for a 40 mile ride I found it send me in all different directions: 1 block this way, 1 block that way, etc and then would have put me on sunset highway for a mile… scary. It gave me some ideas on how to get where I was going but in the end a paper map found me the nice direct road to get me there.

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