The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has recently purchased data from the Strava application, known as “the social network for athletes,” according to the application’s website. Strava data will help the FDOT to understand the activities of local walkers, runners, and cyclists. Data from Strava provides the FDOT with the opportunity to understand pedestrian and cyclist traffic patterns. These patterns are important to FDOT’s ability to build safe and convenient infrastructure.
Floridians who choose to walk, run, or bike to commute, exercise, or enjoy the scenic route can use the free Strava application to track their paths. Strava collects data to analyze which routes are preferred, though all personal information is removed so the data is anonymous. Data indicate where Strava users speed up or slow down, or where crosswalks are or are not used. Insights gained from this cost-effective and efficient way to gather data will help FDOT understand what pedestrians and cyclists need and want, which is to stay safe and enjoy traveling around the Tampa Area by bike or on foot.
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