With Ciclogreen, healthy and environmentally responsible travels have their rewards. Do you want to go to work or to your university in a sustainable way?
Language: Spanish / English
Runs offline: partially (a connection is required to synchronize the sessions)
Last update: Android 22/05/2018 (v. 1.0.4) – iOS 02/02/2018 (v. 1.0.4)
Website of the developer: Ciclogreen
Ciclogreen is a mobile app that seeks to encourage sustainable mobility in daily travel. In exchange, you can participate in challenges and accumulate points redeemable for gifts and discounts. Many rewards are associated with Spanish retailers. But you also have online rewards that you can enjoy from anywhere in the world. For example, the prize for one of the challenges of July 2018 was a 6 month premium Spotify subscription.
How the app works
First, you must open an account and give the application permission to access your location data. This authorization is basic to start adding points. If you decide to unsubscribe, your data will be deleted after 12 months.
Every time you want to register your activity, you must open the app and select the sustainable transport mode. You can choose between:
- Public transport
- Sharing car
According to the Android version download page, the next version will also introduce the electric car as a means of transportation. After the tests performed, it has been found that for every 100 meters (approximately), a ciclo is added. Ciclo is the name given to the points in the app.
Once the data has been synchronized, they are recorded in the My Activities section, accessible from the menu on the top left. To redeem the points you have a catalogue with filters by city (here appears online option) and category (food, entertainment, etc.).
Sustainable mobility plans for companies
Ciclogreen also allows you to register sustainable mobility in your company, educational centre or institution. In this way, sustainable transport can become an asset of corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies. This possibility makes it possible to create unique rewards and make sustainable mobility solutions an internal gamification exercise thanks to individual and team classification.
The screenshots correspond to the Android version of the application.
Images: screenshots 12/07/2018. © Ciclogreen
The video is recorded using the Android version of the application (4 min 24 sec)
The app that rewards sustainable mobility (Grow with Google)
Did you know that in coal mines, in the past, canaries were used as indicators of the concentration of dangerous gases? A similar analogy has been used by Professor James Chalmers of the University of Dundee School of Medicine to describe the effect of urban pollution on people with respiratory problems. The main source of pollutant emissions in most of the world’s cities is road traffic. It is therefore essential to establish initiatives and mechanisms to promote sustainable mobility. These measures include promoting less polluting means of transport or forms of mobility such as car sharing, which help to reduce congestion in urban areas. However, there is still a lack of awareness of this problem, so how can citizens be involved?
Ciclogreen has it clear: it rewards people for their sustainable travel from one point to another. As strong points, the initiative stands out for going beyond the particular field. Ciclogreen can be extended to the corporate, educational or institutional world thanks to the sustainable mobility plans available for companies, schools or administrations. The app is easy to use (be careful, it is not an app to monitor your daily activity or calories burned. For these needs you have other specific tools at your disposal) and the gifts and discounts are quite interesting, although a little limited geographically. As points for improvement, it would be interesting to be able to visualize the amount of CO2 that has been stopped emitting in each route. Also, during the tests carried out, an error was detected in the operation of the app (minute 3:27 of the video) that prevents the activity from being recorded when the speed limit of 80 km/h is exceeded (as can be seen in the Android download page, this is a problem that other users have already experienced).