It comes naturally to New Yorkers to be green travelers. We don’t do sitting in traffic, we do platform standing and pedaling around stopped cars. But traversing the urban grid this way, whether for the good of the planet or the sake of punctuality, can sometimes become such a stressful experience that you find yourself wishing you just had an easy car commute to work or a car to get you to the start of that great bike ride.
So to help avoid any naughty thoughts of purchasing non-environmental modes of transportation, here are seven iPhone apps we use on a daily basis to make our busy lives more efficient and fun all around.
Subways and Trains
ExitStrategy | exitstrategynyc.com | $4.99
Where to stand on the platform to optimize your subway ride for the shortest time.
CityTransit | magnetismstudios.com | $2.99
Includes maps for Subway, Bus, Metro-North, and LIRR.
iTrans | itrans.info | $.99-$3.99
Apps for MTA, NJ Transit and PATH schedules and route planning. Includes service advisories and walking directions. No internet connection needed.
iMapMyRide | imapmy.com | Free
Log and track your bike rides – distance, speed, route, etc.
RideTheCity | ridethecity.com | $1.99
Follow tips from avid cyclists who know the best low-traffic and bike-friendly streets to turn onto. Includes heart rate monitor, social activity feed, GPS distance tracking, split times.
CabSense NYC | cabsense.com | Free
Now there is a cab whenever you need it with this app that analyzes GPS data from taxis to help find the best place to catch a cab.
Road Trips, If You Must Drive
ZipCar | zipcar.com/iphone | Free
This app lets you locate and reserve Zipcars, and even includes a virtual key fob to unlock and honk your car’s horn.