Finnish programmers use open data to track city bikes
Finnish programmers developed apps from open data to help Helsinki city dwellers to keep track of city bikes.
City bikes, shared-use bicycles that can be borrowed for a fee by anyone in central Helsinki, appeared on the streets of Helsinki on 2 May. Thanks to the open data by Helsinki Region Transport and Finnish technology companies Reaktor’s and Crasman’s programmers; the cyclists can now easily check the real-time status of every bike hub around the city centre.
This summer the central Helsinki area has altogether 500 bikes in 50 different locations. Anyone can use the bikes with a fee from 30 minutes to 5 hours at a time. After the ride, the bike has to be returned to a bike station.