When you text your route to Ruti, Ruti consults the Google Routes API for its recommended bike routes and then compares those routes to the DVRPC’s level of traffic stress (LTS) map. Ruti texts you back the route it considers “least stressful” along with a custom map indicating the highest areas of stress based on each street segment’s LTS rating.
Level of Traffic Stress is a road classification system based on an estimation of how comfortable any given street or corridor is for someone riding a bike. LTS ranges from LTS 1 to LTS 4, classifying road segments that would be comfortable for any bicyclist to segments that only the fearless would brave on a bicycle, respectively. This kind of information allows cyclists to know ahead of time what their route will feel like and make appropriate plans to navigate it.
Learn more about LTS at the DVRPC website.
Ruti will check in with you after each ride and ask you to rate your route. You can also rate your route on the map Ruti provides. This feedback can be used to improve Ruti in the future.
It’s easy. There is no app to download. Just sign up and use Ruti as often as you like. Ruti was created to be user-friendly, and to help encourage more bicycling in our region. That means novice cyclists can explore more routes, confidently; more expert cyclists can find new ways to go further; and everyone can try using their bikes in a different way, like for commuting or taking care of errands.