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Equip All Healthy Ride Bikes with Phone Mounts to Allow Better Navigation

Cell phone mounts are a game changer for bike travel. Apps like Google Maps/LaneSpotter help cyclists navigate and find safe bike routes.

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Buying a phone mount for my bike was one of the most transformative transportation moments in my life. All of a sudden I could navigate hands-free with ease and be guided to my end destination by safe routes. Before this, navigating by bike involved trying to remember as much as the route as possible before leaving, but then without fail, having to pull over to the side of roads multiple times to check where I'm going or worse, look at my phone with one hand while steering with the other. This hassle means sometimes I would take the driving route that I knew, but that wasn't the safest option or generally just feeling frustrated and lost.

Currently there is no option on Healthy Ride bikes to transport your phone safely. If you've used Healthy Ride before, you know the baskets are incapable of holding a cellphone, so to navigate by phone you have to keep it in your pockets, purse, waistline of pants, or bra. This often results in one handed steering as you fish your phone out with your other hand and try to figure out directions. It is cumbersome, frustrating, and unsafe.

My solution is quite simple. After testing a few different kind of phone mount models with Healthy Ride, we would buy the mounts in bulk and securely install them. There are universal phone mounts available that require no hardware for the user and fit a variety of different phone sizes.

I believe with phone mounts, cyclists will become immensely more confident, happy, and safe on roadways as apps will navigate them hands-free to safer routes. It opens up a world of possibilities for Healthy Ride users as now they wouldn't be limited by their knowledge of routes and it becomes a much more attractive transportation alternative. Due to my own personal experience with phone mounts on bikes, I also believe that once the public has used a bike with a phone mount, those who own bikes will see the benefits, purchase their own phone mount, and it could increase biking of the general public, beyond Healthy Ride users. It's a simple, effective, low-cost solution to helping cyclists better navigate through the city safely and with less friction.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Healthy Ride users with the hopes that it would foster greater adaption with the general public. User Journey = A person is considering using Healthy Ride, but they're unsure of the route and concerned about safety. Normally, they might opt to drive or take the bus, but now that Healthy Ride bikes have phone mounts, they feel more confident in their ability to bike there themselves. They put their phone in, bring up their navigation app of choice, and navigate hands-free, being guided to the safest routes.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Submitting as an individual. I'm a co-founder of a fitness app and an avid biker.

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $25,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

It of course would require the buy-in of Healthy Ride. With their team, we'd look at the various phone mount models that are on the market and find the ones with the best likelihood of working on their bikes. We would then test some models by having some Healthy Ride users test them out to get their opinions, do some testing of our own on various conditions to test durability. The plan would be that this investment in bike mounts, would increase the use of Healthy Ride bikes as now they would be a more attractive option to many in terms of safety and ease.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Use of bike mounts by Healthy Ride users. User feedback. Successful durability testing. Finding a reasonably priced phone mount option that would work for our purposes.

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Hey Mary W , thanks for proposing this idea. Let us know what you think of our proposal too!

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