Originally developed at MIT, MindRider is a new helmet that shows, in real time, how your rides, movement, and location engage your mind. The MindRider app maps and tracks your engagement, and allows you to share your maps with others. These maps provide quantified insight that empower you to maximize your riding experience, and they are a great resource for riding communities and street advocacy.
Josue, our experienced rider, uses MindRider to turn his commute into a kind of mind-training game. After reviewing his MindRider maps and learning which routes have the most Sweetspots and Hotspots, he often challenges himself to relax his mind and turn his Hotspot-heavy routes into Sweetspots all the way from home to work.
In the past few months, our team of beta testers have been extensively MindRiding throughout New York City. While each map and each rider is unique, New York's sweetspot and hotspot patterns are clearly emerging. We've come to realize that people really want to know more about the service that MindRider provides. Some people want to provide that service by MindRiding their own streets. Some people want to see more of their streets mapped by MindRider. And some people want to better understand how MindRider maps are useful, and how they can be combined with other kinds of maps.
To support this, we are ready to show you, how that service works by making "The MindRider Guide to New York City." It will be the first ever map of a city's mental signature. Our team of MindRider users will set up a schedule to MindRide all of Manhattan, and some of the outer boroughs too, throughout the rest of this year, then publish a map and a guidebook so you can see and experience the city's mental signature, block by block. If you a fan of cycling, maps, data, urban planning, cities, design, travel, or New York, this guide will introduce some brand-new insights on the subjects you love.