U of M’s Grouplens Research Lab Goes Cyclopath for Minnesota’s Burgeoning Bicycle Community

Grouplens Cyclopath

The University of Minnesota’s human computer interaction and social computing research lab known as Grouplens has been busy leveraging technology to improve the riding experiences for Twin Cities bicyclists under a project called Cyclopath.

Cyclopath is but one of the many ongoing research experiments being conducted by the collective group of 20-25 and led by faculty Loren Terveen , John Riedl and Joseph Konstan.

Centered around the theme of multi-modal routing, the service started in 2008 with funding  from the National Science Foundation and a database of road maps from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT).   Through a web based interface, the open sourced geowiki crowd sources rider information and commentary on elements of  ‘bike ability’ — denoting short cuts, route ratings, commentary and inevitable roadway/trail changes in near real time based on user generated feedback.  From here, cyclists can print or download to a GPS device — an android application is also available.