In the past and in traditional ways of tracking people, people in cities are counted and tracked by means of government statistic reports, but not anymore. Now there is a Human app, an all-day activity and calorie tracker that inspires you to move 30 minutes or more every day, and has just mapped the total duration for human activities in 30 cities.
“Every day, people track millions of activities with Human. We visualized 7.5 Million miles of activity in major cities all across the globe to get an insight into Human activity. Walking, running, cycling, and motorized transportation data tell us different stories,” as stated in the ‘Human’ app website.
This Human app is an iOS app, which runs in the background and automatically detects activities like walking, cycling, running, and motorized transport. The data from the app is captivating, for a person who is interested in how people move in cities and for town planners. Town planners can identify about what infrastructure people prefer and build to cater for that.
The Human app has ranked cities in categories. These range from categories that are the most active in each city like, (moving by walking, running, and/or bicycle riding), cycling cities, walking cities, running cities and car cities. Amsterdam, Netherlands is the most active and a cycling city, and Washington, USA is the city that does the most walking, Berlin does the most running, while Los Angeles is the city with the most car activity. Amsterdam, reasonably so, is last on car cities, and Los Angeles the last in most active, cycling, and walking.
Luckily there is one African city featured on the data and that is Cape Town. The data shows that Capetonians do not walk or cycle much. Driving accounts for 68% of all activity in the city, walking 25%, cycling is five percent, and running is even lower, at two percent.
Unlike written and not so accurate reports, human app runs in the background of your phone and automatically detects activities like walking, cycling, running, and motorized transport, the app visualizations are solely based on aggregated data from people using the Human app and is available for downloading on the istore.