Just the day after I wrote about BAM I bumped into this piece of news about a project called Budapest Cycle Track. The creators attempt to collect traffic data via iPhone and Android apps to map popular bicycle routes through the capital in order to find out where new tracks are most needed.
The app itself doesn’t have much functionality other than mapping, calculating the distance and sending over the data. This is where I see the issue, similarly to BAM. Why would anyone bother loading up an app just to supply data. Many would, I guess, but if penetration is the goal, something like this won’t be enough.
At the time of writing this only 114 km was submitted to the website. The visualisation would be created once they reach 10.000. I have my doubts.
Not to mention, given the current leadership, building new bicycle tracks look like to be the lowest priority.