In recent years, the City has focused on improving alternative transportation infrastructures such as enhanced bus, bicycles, trails and sidewalk networks and facilities. Even as Indy’s alternative transportation infrastructure continues to grow, navigating the various modes of transportation can be cumbersome or confusing. Residents may also feel unsafe or inconvenienced to use Indy's transportation infrastructure due to past stigma. IndyAtlas seeks to alleviate these burdens by informing users of the safest, cheapest, fastest, or most accessible routes through an online mapping platform. Whatever the preference, users can integrate multiple methods of transportation within a single journey.
Combining user preferences with multiple alternative transportation types into a single, shareable route will be possible with Indy Atlas webpage and app. Creating and sharing journeys will generate more awareness of Indy's alternative transportation infrastructure and facilities such as IndyGo bus routes, IndyGo Bus Rapid Transit routes, bike lanes, and trails. Increased confidence and ease in travel is also possible with the inclusion of sidewalk and bike lane conditions, road network type, crash, and crime data (if available) into IndyAtlas’s platform. Another critical feature of IndyAtlas is the ability to share routes. Users will have the option to share their journeys with families and friends or other users. This sharing feature can put parents at ease, knowing that their (school age) children are arriving at their destination safely. It can also raise awareness of fun and unique ways other users are getting around the City.
IndyAtlas works by allowing users to generate a trip based upon a variety of preferences. Users will be prompted to identify whether they would prefer the safest route, the shortest route, the least expensive, or a combination of the above. Users will then indicate what modes of alternative transportation they are able or willing to utilize. Additional questions also include disabilities and trip type such as commuting to work, running errands and traveling to school), or general leisure. Users will then be asked of their transportation preferences such as cycling, taking the bus, walking, or a combination of these preferences. Confirmed preferences then inform the imbedded data to generate a route. Users will then have the option to share their trips with friends, family members, and other users.