We live in congested cities and can struggle to find the time to keep ourselves healthy. Why can't a little exercise be a normal part of our everyday lives?
Commuting by car is both sedentary and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Research has also shown that sedentary commutes contribute to stress, high BMI and even cases of influenza. A little exercise by cycling on your daily commute on the other hand has positive impacts for both your mental and physical health.
Everyday Active is our mobile application to encourage commuters to take a bike ride instead of a car, The Everyday Active App will make it more appealing for people to get out and active. It suggests interesting alternative routes from the easiest and shortest through to the fastest or more difficult pathways to take. The app will also display bike hire and parking outlets.
If you want to grab a coffee on your way the app can display various places of interest for you to stop into and for weekend rides with friends, you can select from popular social routes.
By providing interesting alternative routes we will reduce car parking demands and assist everyday Australians to increase regular exercise in their routines. We want to make it easy and fun to stay fit and healthy.
By making it easier to cycle, we will reduce car parking demands and assist everyday Australians to incorporate more regular exercise into their daily routines. We want to make it easy and fun to stay healthy and fit for both new and existing riders.
Our team utilised the City of Darwin shared paths geojson data, along with SpinWays Bicycle Hire locations, and newly acquired bicycle parking locations that have been open sourced through the OpenStreetMaps platform.
OpenStreetMaps was used to display all of the data and lookup addresses. The Open Source Routing Machine service was used to calculate point-to-point routes. OSM also provides point data such as elevation that can be used to determine the difficulty of a route. As we are utilising a development-only API, if we exceed our API request quota, we display a locally cached default route.
The AIHW Australian Health Survey of Physical Activity was used to compare a users activity with the average activity of the broader population. This provides a positive benchmark to congratulate users following a ride, and interesting statistics to use in push notifications to get our users back on their bikes.