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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Commuting by Bike or on Foot in Kyoto World Commute


CycleKyoto is now using a great site called World Commute to keep track of miles/kilometers, gas saved, money saved, carbon offset, and "health Points."

Once you have registered, all you do is enter the way you traveled (walk, bike, run, skate, other), select the reason (to and from work, etc.), and then type in the number of kilometers or miles depending on your settings. Then you hit "post." In a single day, one can post up to six times.

World Commute is sponsored by CatEye, the Osaka-based manufacturer of bicycle lights.

It bills itself as "a not-for-profit, free social-network website to encourage, promote and track the use of non-motorized transportation around the world. We promote the idea of “Greater Health. Healthier Environment” through a unified effort of individuals engaging in physical activity for transportation purposes. The site allows users to create a profile and record non-motorized trips including daily commutes to work or school and “taking care of business” trips to the store, coffee shop, etc. Because we also want to promote physical health through activity, users can also record recreational and fitness activities scoring “health points.” Even though a run at lunch may not contribute to reduced carbon emissions, it is physical activity that promotes a healthier individual."

World Commute is free and available in six languages: English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, and Chinese.

* Health Points = Activity score based on type of human-powered transportation multiplied by the number of miles completed. All miles logged contribute towards health points.

Activity score for commute to work or school, Taking Care of Business Miles, and Recreational/Social as follows:
Walking = 3
Cycling & Other = 4
Skate = 5
Run = 6
All types of fitness activities = 7

For example:

Bike Commute (activity score = 4) × 10 miles = 40 Health Points
Fitness bike ride (activity score = 7) × 20 miles = 140 Health Points

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