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Thanks for your feedback

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Wow, we were excited to launch Ride the City this weekend. Now that we've started receiving feedback, we're ecstatic.

Thanks for all of the positive comments. We're also pleased with your critiques, suggestions, and corrections. Read on for a few things we've heard that you're going to see changing:

Printing
This is probably the most critical item and one we've been working on for a while. Expect a nice, readable set of printed directions in the next week or so. Printing a handsome map may take a bit longer.

Traffic directionality
You may have noticed that Ride the City doesn't send you the wrong way on a one-way street. (If it does please let us know.)

Finding directions to points of interest

Thanks to Google's incredibly smart geocoder, you don't need to know the address or intersection of your favorite destinations. You can type them directly into the to/from address boxes.

Want to ride to Central Park? Type Central Park, NY into the destination address box. Heading up to the George Washington Bridge? Try George Washington Bridge. Making it a beach day? Try Coney Island.

We've done some testing and it works with bridges, parks, neighborhoods, boroughs, airports, colleges and universities, and iconic NYC locales like Times Square. In some cases, you may also need to specify the borough or you'll get a park in Baltimore with the same name.

Find bike shops along your route

Ever need to park your bike at a bike shop to pick up a patch kit, a tube, or get a quick front brake check?

In addition to suggesting a safe route from start to finish, Ride the City shows you where bike shops are located along your route. Click on a bike shop icon (it looks like a sprocket, or gear) and you can see its address, phone number, hours and website. (If you aren't seeing the bike shops, trying zooming in a little closer.)

If you know of bike shops that aren't on the map or if you have a correction for us, please use the feedback form to let us know.

Welcome to Ride the City!

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Welcome to Ride the City, a website that helps you find the safest bike route between any two points in New York City.

The concept is pretty simple. Just like MapQuest, Google, Microsoft, and other mapping programs, 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.

Here are a few things you might be interested to know:

  1. It's pretty fast! Ride the City searches through more than 125,000 rows in a database of New York City streets every time you run a routing query. We use Dijkstra's shortest-path algorithm with custom weighting based on based on whether a bike lane or greenway exists on a street segment.
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