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Ride report: mobile app user guide
  1. Anna K Porter1,
  2. Michael Schwartz2
  1. 1 Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
  2. 2 Knock Software, Portland, Oregon, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anna K Porter, Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 137 E Franklin St Suite 306, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27514, USA; akporter{at}

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Name of the mobile application

Ride Report.

Category of the mobile application



iOS (8.2 or later), Android (4.3 or later).



About the app

Ride Report ( is a mobile app designed to automatically track bicycling and other transportation activity. Using specialised machine-learning algorithms that take advantage of smartphone accelerometers, Ride Report automatically detects when users travel and identifies the transportation mode, whether it be bicycle, personal automobile (‘drive’) or transit (bus or train). Global positioning systems (GPS) is used to track the trip; at the end, Ride Report provides a notification of the trip completion, and gives the user an option to rate their route for bicycling comfort with a simple great/not-great rating from the lock screen.

The main page of the app lists each recorded bicycle ride, organised by day. Users can then click on a specific ride to see a map of the route taken, with data on caloric expenditure, duration and average speed (these metrics are currently iOS only). In addition to ride-specific details, users are provided with cumulative information on all trips recorded, such as total distance travelled by bicycle, kilograms of CO …

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  • Contributors AKP drafted the article. MS reviewed the article several times and made substantial contributions.

  • Funding AKP is supported by a National Research Service Award postdoctoral research fellowship (T32-HL007055), funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

  • Competing interests AKP has nothing to disclose. MS is an employee of Knock Software, the developer of Ride Report.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.