PEDALAID APP SURVEY LAUNCHED BY COUNCIL

Cyclists using the PedalAid app are being asked their views to help develop the app to further meet the needs of users.

The Isle of Wight Council launched the PedalAid mobile app in 2017, using funding secured competitively from the Department for Transport. The primary objective of PedalAid is to encourage more people to cycle to work, but it is also providing popular with recreational cyclists.

To date over 40,000 kilometres of cycling have been recorded through the app, which is exclusively available to users of the Red Squirrel Trail — a 32-kilometre trail linking Cowes, Newport, Sandown, Shanklin and Wroxall.

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Councillor Ian Ward, Cabinet Member for Transport, said:

“I would urge the 650 PedalAid registered users to respond to the survey as their views are essential to how we might develop the app to best meet the needs of future users.”

Each month, PedalAid users are set a cumulative distance challenge of 3,000 kilometres. If the challenge is achieved, a donation is made to a nominated charity. Last month’s charity recipient was UKSA – the maritime charity based in Cowes that provides water-based experiences and training for young people.

The September charity challenge is in aid of YMCA Young Carers Isle of Wight, which is a service supporting around 300 people under 18 who care for a loved one because of ill health or disability.

The online survey can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PedalAidSurvey2019.

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For more information on PedalAid, visit www.pedalaid.org.

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