Cary Bike & Hike Mobile App
The Town of Cary Planning Department was interested in developing a mobile application version of its popular hardcopy foldout Bike and Hike Map normally distributed throughout the town via community centers, bike shops, local Chambers of Commerce, and the town hall. The Map depicts the Town’s existing and future greenway trails and on-road bike routes. Once developed, the bike and hike mobile app would provide the following advantages to the city planning department:
- Easily update and rapidly distribute map data and information changes,
- Save annual hardcopy design, printing and distribution costs,
- Provide citizens with a fast and convenient communication tool about city roads, routes, and trail conditions.
The Town solicited vendor proposals to develop its mobile application and provide ongoing technical maintenance and support. Vendor proposals were due December 2013; proposals were reviewed and evaluated by committee; the committee interviewed and vetted select vendors; and a decision was made to award a contract to Vitasys, Inc.
Vitasys assists city customer to design and develop application with specific bike and hike route search filters and functionalities. Users also can search and filter by city parks, monuments, trail length, and activity type. Web module supports all major browsers including Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Smartphone applications for iPhones, Android devices, and Windows Phones provide users with convenient and accurate mobile tool for recreational, alternative transportation, or fitness purposes.