An app for the better pedestrian walks

We are launching the Walkstreets app which creates comfortable and pleasant routes in Moscow.

Some of the people who follow Urbica remember our Walking Streets project. For a long time it was just a conception, then — an early prototype. Today we are happy to announce that we have transformed it into something you cn actually test.

Or app called Walkstreets was released in AppStore this morning. UPD: here is Android version. Before that we spent nearly a year brainstorming, testing the hypothesis, developing, working on the data and the methods, building several models of noize sensors, and a whole lot of the app interfaces. We will talk about the work we’ve done later, but now we a ready to tell what Walkstreets is and how it works.

Walkstreets is an app creating happy and comfortable pedestrian routes in the city. Most of the navigation apps usually make pedestrian routes as short and as fast as possible not regarding the urban environment. Using the open data we tried to create a router for a human, not for a car.

Walkstreets in action

The first version of Walkstreets has three route priorities:

  • the greenest streets: we thank Greenpeace Russia for the opportunity to create this kind of routes; their team helped us with the accurate and high quality data on the greening in Moscow
  • the most quiet streets: our router is currently selecting the quietest streets basing on a mathematical model built on the OpenStreetMap data. We started to validate that model using the noize sensors with the help of Shukhov Lab students, but this summer we are setting up a whole internship program in order to create a next generation noize map
  • the streets with the best air quality: we thank the Aerostate company for providing us with the data on the air quality; visit their website to learn more on how they calculate a lot of ecological indicators
“Get back” mode

The app is currently working in Moscow only. Walkstreets has three modes: it can create a route to an address, to a point on the map or “to take a walk and get back”. This third one we like the most. If you have some free time, you can create a route which will and in the same point in started. As always, you can choose the priority — green, quiet or clean — and then choose how much time do you have: 30, 60 or 90 minutes.

There is another “sectret” setting in the Walkstreets router: it is always avoiding all the construction on the streets of Moscow by default.

Get Walkstreets on the AppStore or Google Play!

We havу a lot of ideas and plans on how to develop and improve Walkstreets, add some new features, elements (and new cities). We will be grateful if you will download the app (it will help our progress). You can mail us any of your thoughts, wishes, or advices on

We want to thank everyone who took part in the app tests. A large “thank you” also goes to the CircleLine team which produced the video.

Urbica Design practice in information design, user interfaces and data analysis. We are focused on human experience design around cities.

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