Note: ByCycle is intended to be used on smartphones as people usually tend to have their phones while they cycle, not their laptops!
A lot of people use bicycles almost everyday as their main means of commute. Using our bicycles so often made us realize that not only is the bicycle a very convenient means of transportation, but it is also environmentally friendly. Therefore, we created ByCycle to reduce greenhouse emissions from motor vehicles by promoting swapping from cars and motorcycles to cycles when possible. Furthermore, promoting cycling is also a healthier alternative to driving and can fight against rising obesity in the world.
What it does
The web application ByCycle is essentially a distance tracker which tracks the total distance cycled by a user. The user can start tracking at the start of their cycling and end tracking at the end. This allows ByCycle to render the distance travelled and put it up for comparison with the rest of the users on a global leaderboard. The purpose of a global leaderboard is to further promote cycling by adding a component of competition to incentivize users to cycle more.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We're proud to have successfully created the web app we desired to create in its entirety. We're also proud that we were able to coordinate effectively, although there was some chaos at the start, and split roles well so that we could finish the project in time. Familiarizing ourselves with Flask was also something we will take away from this project.
What we learned
The biggest thing we learned through this coding project was the importance of communication in group projects. If we had better communication as a group from the start, we could have finished ByCycle faster and maybe have improved it aesthetic or added more features. Another thing we learned was to not think too complicatedly and find an idea which is simple instead of coming up with an idea which in theory is very impressive, but in reality very hard to code; to think realistically not ambitiously.
What's next for ByCycle
We considered creating "friend leagues" in addition to the global leaderboard, but given the timeframe we had, we didn't follow through with adding this component to our app. In the future though, we hope to add this feature and make ByCycle even more fun for users!